Dr Wolfgang Zumdick

Senior Lecturer in Social Sculpture and Connective Practice

Profile

Dr. Wolfgang Zumdick is an author, philosopher, curator and Joseph Beuys-Social Sculpture specialist, working internationally. He has curated several Joseph Beuys and social sculpture exhibitions and is author of numerous publications on the history of philosophy and on 20th century art and philosophy. He has been guest lecturer at numerous universities including: University of Basel; RMIT, Melbourne; and Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, Bonn.

Grants and Memberships

From 1991-1993 scholarship holder at Evangelisches Studienwerk, Haus Villigst; from 1996-1998 scholarship holder at the Laurenz House Foundation, Basel.
Trustee for the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin. Jury member of the Joseph Beuys Research Prize (Joseph Beuys Preis für Forschung), Museum Schloss Moyland

Engagement with Oxford Brookes University

International Visiting Research Fellow 2008/9; Associate Lecturer 2010-11 MA Interdisciplinary Arts and Graduate Research Supervision; Social Sculpture Research Unit Steering Group member since 2007; contributing to international fora on the work of the Social Sculpture Research Unit.

Research

Dr. Wolfgang Zumdick is an author, philosopher, curator and Joseph Beuys-Social Sculpture specialist, working internationally.

Particular contribution to the field of Social Sculpture / SSRU

  • Epistemology in the work of Joseph Beuys and related philosophical enquiries
  • Philosophy of Imagination and its relevance to contemporary social sculpture
  • Agents of Change, Ecological Citizenship and Poetic Consciousness
  • Practice based supervision for graduate research students
  • Contributing to international fora on social sculpture and presenting the work of the Social Sculpture Research Unit in international contexts.

Collaborations with Shelley Sacks – SSRU

2013 Citizen art days, Berlin. "Frame Talks". 36 hours action
2012Forum Altenberg, Bern. "Frame-Talks". 24 hours action
2010The Art of Changing One"s Mindset, RMIT, Melbourne- 6-day programme & lectures
2010University of the Trees : 5 day workshop in London
2009Social Sculpture and New Economics, Alanus Univiersity, 3 day seminar programme
2009Ort des Treffens, Active Citizenship Social Sculpture project, Hannover
2009Social Sculpture symposium - S. Sacks and W. Zumdick at the Barbican/London
2007Symposium on Social Sculpture – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Doctoral Supervision Areas - Theoretical and Practice-Based

  • Joseph Beuys" ‘theory of sculpture"
  • The interface between theory and practice in the field of social sculpture
  • Epistemology in the work of Joseph Beuys and related philosophical enquiries
  • The philosophy of imagination and its relevance to contemporary social sculpture
  • Agents of Change, Ecological Citizenship and Poetic Consciousness
  • Social Sculpture and New Economics

Projects and Curation

2013"Geschnatter unterhalb der Hütte". Joseph Beuys and Architecture. Exhibition. Museum Schloss Moyland, Collection van der Grinten. Curated by Barbara Strieder and Wolfgang Zumdick. (October – December)
2011Artistic Director/Curator of Überlebenskunst Project, hosted by "Haus der Kulturen der Welt", Berlin and funded by Bundeskultur-Stiftung
2010Curator ‘The Experiential and Invisible in Joseph Beuys" early work". Museum Schloss Moyland: Joseph Beuys ‘Energie Plan" (one of 10 international curators)
2007Chief curator of "Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner" exhibition at Rudolf Steiner Archive in Dornach, Switzerland and the exhibition "Social Sculpture today" (including Wochenklausur, George Steinman and Shelley Sacks) in the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
2007Planning and organization of a series of colloquia and dialogue processes in connection to the "Origin-Future Congress" on Human Dignity at the Goetheanum at Dornach 2007.
2006Planning, conception and organisation of the Joseph Beuys Symposium for the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.

Books and other publications

Monographs

2013Death Keeps me Awake – Joseph Beuys – Rudolf Steiner, Foundations of their Thought, Baunach 2013
2011Mein Lieblingsteil – A monograph relating to Überlebenskunst Project, Berlin (Bundeskulturstiftung and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin)
2010 Rudolf Steiner in Wien (2nd Edition 2011)
2007Joseph Beuys - Rudolf Steiner: Zeichnungen-Entwuerfe-Skizzen
2007Exchange Values-Images of Invisible Lives (Editor)
2006Der Tod hält mich wach, Joseph Beuys - Rudolf Steiner. Grundlagen ihres Denkens. (3rd Edition)
2005Rudolf Steiner und die Künstler.
2000Pan XXX ttt. Joseph Beuys als Denker.
1999Das Geheimnis des Tauchbads. Zur Geschichte der Abendländischen Metaphysik von Platon bis Beuys.

Forthcoming

2013Joseph Beuys und die Architektur. Perspektiven und Akzente. Stuttgart 2013

Joint Authorships

2009ATLAS – a philosophical tour guide – with Shelley Sacks. (German, soon available in English)

Reference Articles

Major/Key Catalogue essays

2011 Key essay in book for major Steiner exhibition ‘Alchemy of the Everyday" – Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg 2010; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart 2011; MAK, Vienna 2011; Vitra Design Museum 2011; Narodny Gallery, Prague, 2012
2010 Key essay in book: ‘The Experiential and Invisible in Joseph Beuys" early work". Museum Schloss Moyland: Joseph Beuys ‘Energie Plan"
2007 ▪ Essay for the Museum Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo on the occasion of the exhibition "Tempo Ao Tempo – Taking Time": Ali onde as cousas esvaecen, emerxe o espirito (Where the objects disappear that"s where the spirit appears)
▪ Key Essay: Essay ‘In us or Nowhere is Eternity", for the exhibition ‘Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition". National Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Key Essay: Material, Material, Substanz – Philosophische Implikationen des Beuysschen Materie- und Substanzbegriffs. Joseph Beuys Symposium Museum Schloss Moyland. Nijmegen 2008.
2009 ▪ Exchange Values am Tisch. Zur Neuinstallation der Exchange Values in Dornach anlässlich der Ausstellung Soziale Skulptur heute im Goetheanum, Dornach. Wangen/Allgäu 2007.
▪ Key Essay: Utravisible Zeichnungen. Das Unsichtbare in den frühen Zeichnungen von Joseph Beuys. Ausstellungskatalog anlässlich der gleichnamigen Ausstellung im Rudolf Steiner Archiv Dornach, 03. Mai – 03. August 2009
2005 Key Essay: Letter to a friend. Catalogue Essay to the Exhibition Allen Ruppersberg: one of many – variants and origins. Kunsthalle Düsseldorf 2005
2001 Bessere Kartoffeln. Lebensreformerisches Gedankengut in der zeitgenössischen Kunst. Katalogbeitrag zur Ausstellung Die Lebensreform. Entwürfe zur Neugestaltung von Leben und Kunst um 1900, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt 2001.
1999 Key Essay: Auf schwarzem Grund. Notizen zu Rudolf Steiners Projekt einer ‚künstlerischen Wissenschaft". Katalogbeitrag anlässlich der Ausstellung "Rudolf Steiner, Wandtafelzeichnungen 1919 – 1924" im Kunsthaus Zürich vom 21. Mai bis 1. August 1999. DuMont 1999.
1998 Key Essay: Et in arcadia ego. Katalogbeitrag zur Ausstellung: Allen Ruppersberg, Letter to a friend. Portikus Frankfurt am Main 13. Dezember 1997 – 1. Februar 1998
1995 Vom Ursprung der Freiheit als dem Grund der Kunst. Essay on the occasion of the 2nd International Joseph Beuys Symposium, Kranenburg 1995. Basel 1995
1991 Schwarzerde. Essay für den Preisträger der Darmstädter Sezession, Helmut Werres anlässlich der Ausstellung "GROSS und klein", Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt 1991

Major book essays

2013 ▪ "Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler" – die Bedeutung der Idee der Sozialen Skulptur für einen "Erweiterten Designbegriff". In: Brocchi, Draser, Fuhs, Maxein (Hg): Zur Geschichte des Nachhaltigen Designs. VAS Bad Homburg 2013 (together with Shelley Sacks)
▪ "Even if I Write my Name I am Drawing". Joseph Beuys: Text and Drawing." Studio International, New York 2013.
2011 Architekturführer Goetheanumhügel. (First major publication about anthroposophical architecture in Dornach/Arlesheim, Switzerland) Key Essay: Die Entwicklung anthroposophischer Architektur in Dornach und Umgebung im Kontext der Zeitgeschichte; Niggli, Bern
2007 "Eine Hand, die zeigt und Hilfe bietet". Rudolf Steiners Begegnungen bei Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky und Johannes Itten. In: Rudolf Steiner in Kunst und Architektur, Köln DuMont 2007
1997 Wie nimmt man das Geistige eines Kunstwerkes wahr? Beitrag anlässlich des Symposiums "Ist die Kunst sinnbildend?" Kunstseminar Freie Hochschule Metzingen. In: Spannungsfeld Kunst. Sinnhorizonte und Gestaltungsziele heute. Mayer Stuttgart/Berlin 1997

Translations into English and English Publications

2013 Death Keeps Me Awake. Joseph Beuys – Rudolf Steiner: Foundations of their Thought. Baunach 2013
2012 The central core of Anthroposophy. Catalogue essay on the occasion of the exhibition Rudolf Steiner, the alchemy of the everyday, Museum Wolfsburg 2010; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart 2011; MAK, Vienna 2011; Vitra Design Museum 2011; Narodny Gallery, Prague, 2012
2010 Gong: h=human being. On the Experiential and Invisible in Joseph Beuys"s early work. Catalogue essay on the occasion of the exhibition "Energy Plan. Drawings from the Museum Schloss Moyland" Cleves 2010.
2008Where the objects disappear that's where the spirit appears. Catalogue essay on the occasion of the exhibition "TAKING TIME" at the Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain, 19th October 2007 – 17th February 2008. Published in 2008
2007 In us or nowhere is eternity. Philosophical reflections on the the exhibition of blackboard drawings by Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner at the National Gallery of Victoria 2007/2008. Essay.
2007 Exchange Values on the Table. The new installation at Dornach. Catalogue contribution for the exhibition Exchange values. Images of invisible lives at the Goetheanum, Dornach 2007
2006 «Letter to a friend» Catalogue essay on the occasion of the exhibition Allen Ruppersberg: one of many – variants and origins. Dundee contemporary arts, 2006
2003 Upon a black background. Notes on Rudolf Steiners Move towards an ‘Artistic science". Published in: "Rudolf Steiner, Blackboard Drawings 1919 – 1924, East Sussex 2003.
1998 Et in arcadia ego. Exhibition catalogue about the exhibition Allen Ruppersberg, letter to a friend at the Porticus Frankfurt am Main 13 December 1997 – 1 Februar 1998.

Translations into Spanish and Spanish Publications

2008 Allí donde desaparecen las cosas surge el espíritu. En: TIEMPO AL TIEMPO / TAKING TIME. Sobre el tiempo, la memoria y la historia en el MARCO de Vigo, 19 de October de 2007 - 17 de February de 2008
2006 Carta a un amigo. Libro ha sido editado con motivo de la exposición Allen Ruppersberg one of many – variants and origins. Centro Andaluz de Arte contemporáneo, Sevilla 22 de junio –24 septiembre de 2006

Translation into Norwegian

2005 Mystiske eventyr. Michail Tsjekhovs sǿken etter seg selv. I: Cogito, forum for kunst, filosofi, litteratur og samtid, 12, 2005

Public Lectures (Choice)

2013 Concerning the influence of Rudolf Steiner"s Anthroposophy on the early work of Joseph Beuys. Lecture on the occasion of Enchanted Modernities - Theosophy and the arts in the modern world. Conference, University of Amsterdam 25. – 27. September 2013.
2013 "Wachstum jenseits von Wachstum? Welche Formen von nachhaltigem Wachstum brauchen wir?" Lecture on the occasion of the "citizenship art days", Berlin September 2013
2013 "Even if I write my name I am drawing". Joseph Beuys: Text and Drawing. Lecture on the occasion of the symposium "Text and Drawing", RMIT-University, Melbourne April 17. – 19. 2013.
2011 Sinneswahrnehmung und Gesundheit. Hochschule Rhein Wal, Kleve. 2011
2011 Alles ist Skulptur: Joseph Beuys Kunstbegriff im Licht von Rudolf Steiners Freiheitsphilosophie. Kunstmuseum Stuttgart Mai 2011
2011 "Aesthetic education and poetic imagination: key tools for social and ecological change Oxford Brookes University. February 2011
2011 "Zum Menschenbild in der Gegenwart". Darmstädter Sezession, Februar 2011
2011 "Anthroposophische Tendenzen in der Gegenwartskunst." Fachhochschule Ottersberg. September 2011
2011 "Zur Not komme ich auch ohne Herz - Zum Herzdenken bei Joseph Beuys" Museum Schloss Moyland. January 2011
2010 Every human being is an artist. The art of changing ones mind(set). Lecture and an intense two weeks seminar at the RMIT University of Melbourne, Department of Arts (together with Shelley Sacks, Oxford Brookes University)11. – 20. June 2010
2009 Lecture and course "Radical Nature – Joseph Beuys and the F.I.U" London, Barbican Centre of the Arts, London, September 2009.
2008 "Material, Materia, Substance – philosophical implications about the concept of materia and substance by Joseph Beuys". Joseph Beuys Symposium, Museum Schloss Moyland
2008 "From Paradise to Social Sculpture and Beyond". A lecture-series at Oxford Brookes University 2008/2009.
2007 My view on social sculpture. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, October 2007
2007 Beuys, Steiner and political activism through art. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, October 2007
2006 Healing forces in art. International Beuys Symposium Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, 2006
2003 "Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition", Gallery Haus im Schluh, Worpswede, 2003
2000 "The point and the circle – Rudolf Steiner and the immense" Symposion "Il contromovimento: l'arte", Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Università di Roma "La Sapienza"
2000 "U topos – without place. Joseph Beuys and the concept of real-utopia", Beuys Symposium, Mucsarnok-National Gallery, Budapest, 2000
2000 "Theory and practice of improvisation", Lecture and course, Basel music academy, 2000
2000 "Art and Science", Abteiberg – Museum, Mönchengladbach (contribution to the exhibition "Wounded Time"), 2000
1999 "Rudolf Steiner, Blackboard Drawings", Mal- und Zeichenschule Weimar, 1999
1998 "Gong: h=mensch – anthropology in the work of Joseph Beuys", Basel, Museum of contemporary art, 1998
1996 Lecture and course "Joseph Beuys – Heinrich Böll" (together with Victor Böll), Heinrich Böll Foundation Cologne, Bonn, 1996
1996 "Is art signifying?" Kunstseminar Freie Hochschule Metzingen, 1996
1995 Vom Ursprung der Freiheit als dem Grund der Kunst. 2 nd. International Joseph Beuys Symposium Kranenburg/lower rhine, 1995
Dr Wolfgang Zumdick

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