The Kassel-21 / Social Sculpture Lab – curated by Shelley Sacks for the Documenta Archiv, the Neue Galerie, Kassel, and the City of Kassel – is a global lab for the 2021 Joseph Beuys Centenary celebrations, in Kassel, and online, that creates the opportunities for making “social honey” by actively engaging with Joseph Beuys’ expanded understanding of art, and creating a place of questions.
Inspired by Joseph Beuys’ social sculpture ideas and proposals, and Shelley Sacks ‘connective practice’ approach and theory of change that builds on this, it creates a global arena for exploring, reflecting on and considering how we can live together on this planet, without destroying each other and all life forms:
What is the future we want? How do we see the future of the human being? And, what new capacities are needed to shift from exploitative, colonizing mind-sets and behaviors and the unnecessary suffering they cause on the planet, to systems of interconnectedness, cooperation and care?
Throughout 2021, the Kassel-21 Social Sculpture Lab will offer multiple opportunities for experiencing new forms of thinking-together and connective practice for working toward a humane and ecologically just future.
16.06.21 - 26.09.21
The Survival Room in the Neue Galerie alongside Beuys ‘The Pack’ is a 100-day ‘Enquiry Lab’ for exploring ‘survival’.
It is both an experiential work-space and an arena for exchange about transformative practice and strategies. It is also a base room for the participatory social sculpture practices in Kassel and beyond.
FROM JAN 2021 – ONGOING
Participatory social sculpture practices like Earth Forum, FRAMETALKS, Field of Commitment and Landing Strip for Souls, and ‘training’ in these practices.
These practices are already underway. For more information about ways of participating please complete the form below.
15.01.21 - 31.08.21
In Spring 2021, there will be several global exchanges and actions. These include “New Eyes for the World” and “A Gift for Joseph Beuys”.
Participation is open and will be announced on this website. If you would like to be added to receive an update, please fill in the form below.
16.06.21 – 26.09-21
Eight Events between June and Sept 2021 that explore a range of propositions and questions about the future we want as well as reflections on social sculpture past, present and future.
15.01.21 - 31.12.21
Sharing and reflecting on initiatives in the field of social sculpture in different countries and contexts, including alumni of the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Social Sculpture in Oxford.
Publications edited by Shelley Sacks in collaboration with the Documenta Arciv, which will be developed by the social sculpture team and other co-creators of the lab and its practices.
Kassel-21 /Social Sculpture Lab is project of the Global Social Sculpture Lab, which includes University of the Trees Lab for New Knowledge and an Eco-Social Future, the Social Sculpture Academy hubs network and the UOT Mikrolab für Soziale Plastik in Kassel.