The idea behind “Social Sculpture”
The studio auditorium was completely sold out. I had the feeling that the TEDx format attracted a new, innovation-oriented audience. We even had guest travel from Hamburg, Bremen and Kiel. And that on a rainy Sunday!
Innovation from Northern Germany
A total of 7 speakers presented in diverse fields such as marine biology, urban planning, and psychological coaching of taboo subjects. Each Speaker presented their current projects and research in a max. 18 min speech. The talks were selected and presented according to the TED guidelines from the areas T=Technology, E=Education & D=Design – Social Sculpture is to be understood under the aspect of design.
The introduction to my talk was a short imaginative game with the aim to sensitize the audience to a certain topic, more precisely: Who is visible in our society and who is not? It was important to me to approach the question openly in order to show that expressed creativity in artistic projects can offer solutions for social future questions and problems. But this requires a restoration of the playful child that hidden in every adult.
In a second step, I presented the international projects SMILE and PINK SILENCE for clarification, preceded by a brief presentation of the artist Joseph Beuys, who established the term “social sculpture” in the 1960s. The theory influenced by anthroposophy states that every human being can contribute to the well-being of the community through creative action and thus have a plasticizing effect on society.
The focus in my TEDx talk is the human being who grows through art and creative work. Be it on the level of his development as a social being as well as in the materialization of his creativity for social co-existence. Because each of us is creatively active, whether as a painter, author, cook or gardener… and artistic as well as creative work are always to be understood as dialogue, never as a monologue.
Premiere planned for January 2020
It is my wish that the TED-Plattform will keep the initiative strong, allowing for the continued support that will assure the development of a strong initial foundation. Additionally, there are new international projects in the pipeline that need funding to give marginalized people a platform for visibility and expression.
In January 2020, the video will be officially released on the Ted.com platform – a premiere party will be held in both Bremerhaven and Berlin!
Stay tuned and connected! Bogna