‘I know artists whose medium is Life itself, and who express the inexpressible without brush, pencil, chisel or guitar. They neither paint nor dance. Their medium is Being. Whatever their hand touches has increased Life. They ‘see’ and don’t have to draw. They are the artists of being alive’ (Franck 1973)
‘This little word ‘see’…’ (Merleau-Ponty 1961)
Social sculpture is an expanded and interdisciplinary field of art. The term was coined by Jospeh Beuys who said ‘everyman is an artist’ and can use imagination in a creative way. The field is broad and embraces different disciplines such as artists, environmentalists, activists, musicians, philosophers, architects, doctors, psychologists etc. who can all work in this way within their own or wider fields as agents of change.
‘Connective practices’ are employed to increase awareness and connectivity with the world through perceptual knowing as well as intellectual, thus facilitating a more holistic approach to ‘sculpting’ (shaping, moulding) a humane and ecologically enhanced society.
More about Social Sculpture:
INTERVIEW with PROFESSOR SHELLEY SACKS on U.S. BLOG-RADIO on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:00 p.m. London Time
SOCIAL SCULPTURE RESEARCH UNIT OXFORD BROOKES