Dr Sasha Engelmann

Personal profile

Sasha Engelmann studies the intersections of community-based activism; creative practice; and environmental change. She collaborates with artists in her research on atmospheric politics, elemental aesthetics, and the histories and practices of amateur radio. Her work contributes to the growing discipline of the GeoHumanities, a field animated by practice-based collaborations between geographers and artists.

Between 2013 and 2016 Sasha conducted site-based, ethnographic fieldwork at Studio Tomás Saraceno in Berlin. This fieldwork included joining this major contemporary art studio as a practitioner, and collaborating with Saraceno and his studio team on exhibitions, residencies, writing and especially the Aerocene project. Sasha remains a collaborator of Studio Saraceno and has organized launches of Aerocene sculptures in various parts of the UK, and with her third year undergraduate students at Royal Holloway. 

Sasha has significant experience in interdisciplinary pedagogy: together with artists Jol Thomson and Ivana Franke, architect Natalija Miodragovic, critical theorist Alan Prohm and artist Tomás Saraceno, from 2014-2016 Sasha co-designed and delivered a new curriculum for teaching art in the Anthropocene at the Technical University of Braunschweig. Sasha has presented seminars at the Anthropocene Curriculum and the Technosphere Project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and has coordinated and curated public events related to the Aerocene project at the 21er Haus, Vienna; the Royal College of Art, London; and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

In parallel, with artist Jol Thomson, Sasha has participated in a research project investigating the sites and sensing practices of neutrino observatories which has been published in The Anthropocene Review

Research interests

-       Creative Geographies

-       Geographies of Air and Atmosphere

-       Creative ethnography and Para-ethnography

-       Art-Science Collaboration and Transdisciplinarity

-       More-than-human, Post-human and Geographical Aesthetics

-       Process Philosophy and Radical Empiricism

-       Nonrepresentational Theories

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