Von: 11. Jun, 2021 18:00
Bis: 11. Jun, 2021
Die Nachahmung des Lebens. Demokratie nach Beuys

# political system


In his lecture, Christoph Menke examined the title concept of the event series - »Plastic Democracy« and questioned Joseph Beuys’ manifestos and theses on the potential of the social to change the political.

In the spirit of the »Sculptural Democracy« project, Christoph Menke took a double look at Joseph Beuys and our political present or future. He brought Beuys’ reflections in manifestos and conversations to the point and questioned it. Beuys – it should be shown – is not concerned with democracy, as a noun, as a separate object, but with democracy as a politics of transformation of the social. Democracy is sculptural not as a transformation of government, but as a transformation of the (and the) governed, the social (and the subjects: a transformation of us).
But that is the problem: How is such a change conceivable and possible? Is a politics at all conceivable and possible that changes the social? What kind of event is the change of the social, and is this a political act? These are questions that Beuys asked and tried to answer. Examining the title term of the overall project – »Sculptural Democracy« – can help to understand these questions and answers.

Chroistoph Menke, Foto: Screenshot

Christoph Menkes at the lecture on Gustav-Gründgens-Platz, Photo: Screenshot video recording

Christoph Menke's lecture on Gustav-Gründgens-Platz in Düsseldorf during the kick-off of »Sculptural Democracy«, video commissioned by the Institute for Art History at the HHU, project »beuys2021« - editing: project office »beuys2021« and raumlaborberlin.


Christop Menke an der Uni Frankfurt – Wikipedia – Christoph Menke bei Suhrkamp

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