Dr Sasha Engelmann

Personal profile

As a creative geographer I explore experiments with atmosphere, the elemental, and the politics of sensing.  More specifically I use para-ethnographic methods and critical description to participate in the elaboration of the GeoHumanities, especially around topics of art-science collaboration, transdisciplinarity, multispecies sympoietics and aesthetics.  In recent writing I have employed process philosophy and feminist science studies to consider how adventurous and collective sensing practices summon novel dispositions to matter, energy and the environment.

Over the past three years I conducted site-based, immersive fieldwork at Studio Tomás Saraceno in Berlin that included joining the studio as a practitioner and collaborating with Saraceno and his team on writing, exhibitions, teaching, residencies and the Aerocene project.  Together with artists Jol Thomson and Ivana Franke, architect Natalija Miodragovic, critical theorist Alan Prohm and Tomás Saraceno, I designed and delivered a new curriculum for teaching creative practice to architects and engineers at the Technical University of Braunschweig.  In parallel, with Jol Thomson I formed a research project investigating the sites and sensing practices of neutrino observatories which led to a role co-curating the Anthropocene Curriculum and the Technosphere Project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin as well as various public seminars, performances and writing engagements.  

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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