Beuys Boy

February 1, 2009 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

The ideas of Beuys that are discussed in the Energy Plan for the Western Man reading, focus on his socialist views in the art world. His reference to ideas of free schools and the constant circle of the teaching learning from their students, push the thought of what it is to learn and teach with each other. Drawing reference and parallels from life to experiences at punk festivals in the late 90’s, to those of social structure that are more communal and loosely organized. Skill sharing workshops and connections of common social or political goals were only a supplementary reaction to these gatherings, where the main focus was on the music. When looking beyond the music, you see the use info shops and workshop to spread your knowledge in your areas of expertise to others willing to learn and vice versa. The things I remembered from these were the knowledge that you traded with your peers, not necessarily the bands that played. Similar to Beuys who pushes that the interactions and experiences with others are the greater points, rather than the art that he is trying to create (the origin of the gathering). With this we can learn from the viewers and and evolve the forms of art from the restricted limited culture, into the universal. This critique from Beuys on the art world is one of openness and access, which seems out of place because that something that I do not see in his own work.



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Beuys- the epitome of “free radicals”? (from Alice) I’m addicted to work. this is a call for help.

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