Sasha Engelmann talks about satellites and oracles, radio and air, sustainability and choices, and sitting with the compromises.
“I’ve spent many dark nights listening to transmissions from all over the world and recording them — and having the best time. I think there is something about this ephemerality and planetary collectivisation that’s possible through radio that’s really not that possible through social media, or other kinds of technologies.”
Sasha Engelmann is a London-based geographer exploring interdisciplinary, feminist and creative approaches to environmental knowledge making. Her current project, Advancing Feminist and Creative Methods for Sensing Air and Atmosphere, explores the value of feminist principles, creative practices, and design justice tools for citizen-led monitoring of air quality and weather patterns. Her first book, Sensing Art in the Atmosphere: Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices (Routledge, 2020) investigated the role of artistic and activist initiatives in expanding aesthetic and political orientations toward atmosphere, aeromobility, and the elements. Sasha is an active member of the Aerocene Community and a co-founder (with Sophie Dyer) of the feminist satellite imaging project open-weather. She is Senior Lecturer in GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway University of London where she teaches at the intersection of geography and the arts and humanities.
Repatterning is a series of talks about being turned inside out. It is about the experience of being radically upended, the work of dreaming, and the ghosts that travel along the way. Concentric circles rippling outwards from art, crisis, music, sickness, reinvention, mourning, renewal, collapse, and enchantment. Picking through the remnants and imagining what might emerge, as the grains of sand pile upwards, the hope drone swells, the gamelan chimes, and the distant bells peal.