A 2.5 day event in Kassel, in the Survival Room, curated by Stefan Nadolny and Shelley Sacks.

Members of the public are invited to join Stefan Nadolny, Shelley Sacks and friends to explore this theme.  Join us in Kassel between 3-5 September in the Survival Room in the Neue Galerie.

The question motivating this exploration
The unprecedented challenges of today open up huge new perspectives for change, whilst making visible how difficult it is to make decisions when there are many competing worldviews. Religious. Secular. Scientific worldviews. Each worldview and value system, conscious or not, affects the choices we make. Determines the decisions we make, often without realizing it.

Is there a form of diversity beyond relativism?
One way that people cope with different worldviews in liberal, secular democracies is to try and tolerate them all, even if beneath the surface difference is not easily accepted.

From a liberal-democratic perspective everyone has the right to a different point of view and every point of view is, in principle, equally valid. All views are just personal or group perspectives. There are no truths. Everything is relative.

The opposite pole is the totalitarian position. Difference is not tolerated. A faith system, political ideology, the scientific approach or intellectual discourse is seen as being the true, correct and only one. Both these approaches have huge and often negative consequences.

Is there a form of universality beyond totalizing? 

This Seminar-Conversation refers to Beuys’ drawing “The Truth is a Sparkler” in which different worldviews and perspectives radiate from one center.

It explores if Beuys’ emphasis on ‘phenomenological perception’ and a ‘permanent conference’ process for exploring questions, can help to overcome both the relativizing and totalizing of different perspectives and worldviews.

This Seminar-Conversation asks whether local, regional and global assemblies that begin with phenomenological explorations of a question, instead of arguing based on positions, could better enable shared criteria for making decisions?

Members of the public are invited to join Stefan Nadolny and Shelley Sacks and friends to explore this theme.

VENUE   In the Survival Room of the Kassel-21 / Social Sculpture Lab.
[If Covid numbers remain low, there should be place for up to 20 people in the Survival Room]

DATE  3 to 5 September, 2021.

TIME  10.30 – 17.00  Friday 3 September
10.30 – 17.00   Saturday 4 September.
10.30 – 14.00   Sunday 5 September
Please commit to a minimum of one day.

Email to talk about contributing a short input on the theme. Please put WORLDVIEWS in the subject line.

LANGUAGE   Live in Kassel [in German].

We intend to organise online sessions with this focus in English between October and December, depending on the amount of interest, to enable participation beyond the German-speaking world.