Hildegard Kurt, PhD, is a German cultural researcher, author, and social sculpture practitioner. Her work focuses on art and sustainability, culture and sustainability, aesthetic education, and intercultural dialogue. She teaches and lectures internationally, lastly as Senior Lecturer in Social Sculpture at the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University, and has initiated several cultural projects. Her most recent book is The Red Flower. Aesthetic Practice in Times of Change (2013, in German), co-authored with artist Shelley Sacks. In 2004 she co-founded the und.Institut fuer Kunst, Kultur und Zukunftsfaehigkeit (Institute for Art, Culture and Sustainability), based in Berlin. Together with Andreas Weber she has initiated the instituteĀ“s new program Cultures of Enlivenment.

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A ground-breaking new vision of humankind is quickly spreading into the mainstream of our self-understanding. We are no longer standing apart from nature, so the new belief goes: we are enmeshed in it. Some authors even assert that nature and humans are one and the same.1 This comes not just as a philosophical claim but […]

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