News and Events 2009

2009 November
ATLAS – a philosophical tour guide
Exploring some of the inner territories we encounter in the Ort des Treffens processes – has been published by Mayer Verlag, Stuttgart. It contains texts by Wolfgang Zumdick and Shelley Sacks, as well as a series of constellation images by Sacks. German only. (English publication in progress. Contact Verlag Mayer for details of German edition.)


2009 April – October
Ort des Treffens, the social sculpture process developed for the city of Hannover in Germany, that explores the connection between inner and outer work, between reflection and active citizenship, and highlights the importance of questions as formative forces, now enters its second phase. A new project team has emerged from those who used this instrument. This team is now developing a citizens initiative that will use this instrument for dialogue, listening and reflection, to explore how the people of the city can continue to work with this instrument that reflects its commitment to being a place of refuge, integration and participatory cultural action.


2009 May 26–27, London, UK
The St. James‘s Palace Nobel Laureates Symposium in London, on 26/27 May includes a cultural event framed by Joseph Beuys‘ concept of social sculpture. As part of the evening event – “Sculpting our History” – Shelley Sacks will lead a social sculpture process, working with “thought wedges” as “instruments of consciousness” and questions as significant invisible materials with which we shape our lives. Further details and links to the cultural event and programme.


2009 March, Hannover, Germany
Ort des Treffens – 100/0 Voices. Launch of a new social sculpture project.
Project Team: Shelley Sacks, Anja Steckling, Wolfgang Zumdick, Nicholas Stronczyk, Lukas Oertel, Alex Arteaga and co-worker team. Project website [currently German only]


2009 January 30 – February 1, Victoria, Canada
New Social Practice SYMPOSIUM, VICTORIA, CANANDA: on Friday 30 January, Shelley Sacks will open this 3-day symposium, focusing on social practice work by 30 international artists and collectives. The exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – curated by Lisa Baldissera – and related symposium at the University of Victoria, have both been framed by Joseph Beuys‘ social sculpture ideas. Shelley‘s talk will look at what should not be assumed, in order to develop new social practice that works on different levels towards the shaping of a humane and just society in which the poetic imagination plays a central role.