Sub-Themes > Track 4: The Art of Changing Habits - Aesthetic Research to Ecologize our Lifestyles

The Art of Changing Habits: Aesthetic Research to Ecologize our Lifestyles
(Presentation of Projects and Workshop)


Convenors/track chairs:

Joachim Froese, Dr., Artist/Lecturer for Photography, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University & Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

York Kautt, PD Dr., Institute for Sociology, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany

Susanne Walter, Design and Permaculture, Berlin, Germany


As empirical studies show, people are clinging to their unsustainable lifestyles against better knowledge (eg, Kennedy et al., 2009, Entzian 2015, Bleys 2018). Keeping in mind that democratic systems will have limited influence on lifestyles in the future, it becomes clear that the voluntary change of lifestyles (next and related to political measures) represents a central challenge of (world-)society towards sustainable living. Promising are approaches that do not strive for more knowledge, but for social processes and aesthetic practices, with which individuals jointly experience, discuss and develop solutions that affect the real behavior (e.g. Fields & Sulaiman 2017).

The track brings together organizers and participants from disciplines such as nutrition, sociology, sufficiency research, art, journalism, permaculture and sustainable business development, to present and discuss ideas, concepts and projects that have been carried out  or that have to be designed. The unifying, transdisciplinary focus is the search for social and aesthetic processes and practices that seek to transform our everyday behaviors. "Aesthetic practice" is understood in the widest sense as a practice bound to actions and experiences, which includes perceptions, emotions, interactions and creative processes as well as different materials, communication media, settings and actor constellations.

The first part of the event will discuss (participatory) practices and methods of sustainability transformation in education, science and politics. This will be followed by contributions from the fields of art, journalism and sustainable business development. Finally, a permaculture workshop will offer all participants the opportunity to get to know a field of action that integrates some of the discussed transformation dimensions. 




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