Social Sculpture Research Unit staff and research associates explore their questions and insights in the field of social sculpture in several different ways: in dialogues and exchanges, in project and processes, in lectures and in more traditional text-based publications. Here we highlight publications that can be obtained through bookshops and other distributors, or online.


Publications related to the field of social sculpture and connective practices




















ATLAS of the Poetic Continent: Pathways to Ecological Citizenship, Temple Lodge 2013. Co-authored by Shelley Sacks and Wolfgang Zumdick.

This completely revised English edition, with new key texts by Sacks and Zumdick, focuses on the notion of the poetic continent and its relationship to ecological citizenship.

The ATLAS is a work-book as much as a book to read. Each of the 28 ‘lands’ contains a page written by the authors, an image, a page of quotes and a blank page for the reader. The original German version (ATLAS – Ort des Treffens 2009, Verlag Mayer) was ‘A Philosophical Tour Guide’ linked to the project Ort des Treffens [original project website]

















Death Keeps Me Awake: Joseph Beuys – Rudolf Steiner, Foundations of their Thought, Spurbuch, 2013. This is an English translation by Shelley Sacks of Wolfgang Zumdick’s monograph Ueber das Denken. It includes a new introductory text by Shelley Sacks ‘Translation Keeps Me Awake’ and by Wolfgang Zumdick. The original German Ueber das Denken was revised and republished in German as Der Tod hält mich wach: Joseph Beuys – Rudolf Steiner. Grundlagen ihres Denkens. (3rd edition, Dornach 2006).  Listen to Wolfgang Zumdick here – discussing his work in an Australian Radio interview. Look inside the book here. 

Social Sculpture and New Organs of Perception: New practices and new pedagogy for a humane and ecologically viable future. Book chapter by Shelley Sacks. Originally refereed journal article based on paper for conference ‘Unity in Diversity’, Dublin, Jan. 2006 in Beuysian Legacies in Ireland and Beyond. European Studies in Culture and Policy; L.I.T (ed) Lerm-Hayes [2011] pgs. 80-98 ISBN: 978-3-8258-0761-0  English only 

Seeing the Phenomenon and Imaginal Thought: Trajectories for Transformation in the work of Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner. Essay by Shelley Sacks in Holland, A (ed) (2007) Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition, National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne. English only 

Listen to some of Shelley’s lectures on related topics here:
Sustainability without the I-sense is non-sense (Heinrich Boll Foundation, Berlin 2012) Emergence and Directing our Energies (Youth initiative Programme, Sweden, 2012). 

Die rote Blume: 
Ästhetische Praxis in Zeiten des Wandels. _Kurt_Sacks_U1_03.indd

Co-authored by Shelley Sacks and Hildegard Kurt. With a forward by Wolfgang Sacks.  oya, Klein Jasedow 2013. 250 pages.  ISBN: 978-3-927369-77-1.  German only.

(Projected English publication 2014 as ‘The Red Flower: Aesthetic Practices in Times of Change’).

Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler – die Bedeutung der Idee der Sozialen Skulptur für einen “Erweiterten Designbegriff”. Book chapter co-authored by Shelley Sacks and Wolfgang Zumdick in Brocchi, Draser, Fuhs, Maxein (Hg): Zur Geschichte des Nachhaltigen Designs. VAS, Bad Homburg, 2013   German only

Geben und Ökologisches Bürgerschaft: Aus innerer Bewegung zur passenden Form. Chapter by Shelley Sacks in ‘Da Hilft nur Schenken’ Info3-Verlag, Frankfurt [2011] ISBN:103924391580. Commissioned by GLS Social Bank, Germany for a book celebrating 50 years of social banking in Germany. (From the unpublished English, 2011: Giving and ecological citizenship: the inner movement toward appropriate form)

Das Bild der Pflanze – in Wissenschaft und Kunst bei Aristoteles und Goethe, der botanischen Morphologie des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts und bei den Künstlern Paul Klee und Joseph Beuys. Book, authored by Volker Harlan. Mayer, Stuttgart/Berlin 2002. German only.

Zeitstau. Im Kraftfeld des Erweiterten Kunstbegriffs von Joseph Beuys. 7 Vorträge von Johannes Stüttgen im Todesjahr von Joseph Beuys. Urachhaus, Stuttgart 1986. German only.

Publications by SSRU staff and researchers with a focus on Joseph Beuys

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Joseph Beuys und die Architektur –Perspektiven und Akzente.
Book, authored by Wolfgang Zumdick. Mayer, Stuttgart/Berlin 2013.  German only

PAN XXX ttt. Joseph Beuys als Denker. Sozialphilosophie – Erkenntnistheorie – Anthropologie. Book, authored by Wolfgang Zumdick. Mayer, Stuttgart/Berlin 2002. German only.

What is Art? Conversation with Joseph Beuys. Edited with Essays by Volker Harlan. Edited by Volker Harlan, translated and introduced by Shelley Sacks [in English edition only]. Clairview, Forest Row 2004. English

Joseph Beuys: Coyote [I Like America and America likes me] authored by Caroline Tisdall Schirmer / Mosel, 1976  English

Joseph Beuys by Caroline Tisdall. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, catalogue 288 pages, Thames and Hudson 1979. English

In Soul Contact: Joseph Beuys and Shelley Sacks.  Contribution to book: ‘Beuys is Here’, by Shelley Sacks. ed. Celia Davis and Jane Won. D’Offay Collection. Published to coincide with Beuys exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion, 2009. ISBN:9780956286604. Other contributors including Tacita Dean, Furlong, Demarco, Wentworth, Obrist

Even if I Write my Name I am Drawing: Joseph Beuys: Text and Drawing. Essay by Wolfgang Zumdick in Studio International, New York, 2013.  English only

Joseph Beuys’ Pedagogy and the work of James Hillman: The Healing of Art and the Art of Healing. Refereed Journal Article by Shelley Sacks in ISSUES in Art and Architecture. Editor, Andrea Duncan.

Material, Material, Substanz – Philosophische Implikationen des Beuysschen Materie- und Substanzbegriffs. Key essay by Wolfgang Zumdick in publication relating to the Joseph Beuys Symposium, Museum Schloss Moyland. Nijmegen, 2008. German only

Vom Ursprung der Freiheit als dem Grund der Kunst. Essay by Wolfgang Zumdick on the occasion of the 2nd International Joseph Beuys Symposium, Kranenburg 1995. Wiese-Verlag, Basel 1995. German only

Der ganze Riemen: Joseph Beuys -der Auftritt als Lehrer an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf 1966 -1972. Book, authored by Johannes Stüttgen. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König. Köln 2008. German only.

Was ist Kunst? Werkstattgespräch mit Beuys. Herausgegeben und eingeleitet von Volker Harlan mit Essays von Volker Harlan. Urachhaus, Stuttgart 1986. German version of ” What is Art?”

Wittgenstein, Steiner und Beuys. Chapter by Walter Kugler in Im Sinne der Freiheit, Edited by GlobArt Academy, Springer Wien New York 2012.  German only.

Publications relating to curatorial projects

Exchange Values- On the Table (2007): Edited by Wolfgang Zumdick. Texts by Shelley Sacks (‘Story of the Project’ and ‘11 Years On’), Wolfgang Zumdick (Exchange Values on the Table. The new installation at Dornach); Bodo von Plato (‘Exchange Values at the Goetheanum’). FIU-Verlag, Wangen. Dual language English/German

‘Gong: h=human being: On the Experiential and Invisible in Joseph Beuys’s early work’. Catalogue essay by Wolfgang Zumdick in Museum Schloss Moyland: Joseph Beuys ‘Energie Plan”, 2010. Dual language English/German  (Essay accompanies Wolfgang Zumdick’s curated section of the exhibition “Energy Plan: Drawings from Museum Schloss Moyland” Cleves 2010)

Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition. Catalogue on the occasion of the exhibition “Joseph Beuys & Rudolf Steiner: Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition” at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2007. Includes key essays by Kugler, Sacks and Zumdick
Kugler: A different world: The blackboard drawings of Rudolf Steiner. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2007.
Sacks: ‘Seeing the Phenomenon and Imaginal Thought: Trajectories for Transformation in the work of Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner
Zumdick: ‘In us or Nowhere is Eternity: Philosophical reflections on the exhibition of blackboard drawings by Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner.  In English only

Joseph Beuys – Rudolf Steiner: Zeichnungen-Entwuerfe-Skizzen [DETAILS]
Essay by Wolfgang Zumdick:
Utravisible Zeichnungen: Das Unsichtbare in den frühen Zeichnungen von Joseph Beuys. In the exhibition catalogue for exhibition of the same name in the Rudolf Steiner Archive, Dornach, Switzerland. May–August 2009  German only [Unpublished English 2003. Working in the Dark: Rudolf Steiner’s Blackboards. Small booklet of opening lecture for the Cambridge Music Conference, Music and the Word]

Publications by SSRU staff with a special focus on Rudolf Steiner’s blackboards and social art

Rudolf Steiner und die Künstler: Saul Bellow – Joseph Beuys – Max Brod – Michail Cechov – Franz Kafka – Wassili Kandinsky – Paul Klee – Piet Mondrian – Erich Mühsam – Dimitri Mereschkowski – Giacinto Scelsi – Edith Södergran – Bruno Walter – Margarita Woloschin – Marina Zwetajewa. Book, authored by Wolfgang Zumdick. Pforte, Dornach 2005. German only.

Upon a black background: Notes on Rudolf Steiner’s move towards an ‘Artistic science’. Author: Wolfgang Zumdick. Published in: “Rudolf Steiner, Blackboard Drawings 1919 – 1924, East Sussex 2003. English

Auf schwarzem Grund: Notizen zu Rudolf Steiners Projekt einer ‚künstlerischen Wissenschaft. (Dumont, 1999). Author: Wolfgang Zumdick. Catalogue contribution linked to the exhibition “Rudolf Steiner, Wandtafelzeichnungen 1919 – 1924” in Kunsthaus Zürich, May to August 1999.  German

The central core of Anthroposophy, key essay by Wolfgang Zumdick 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. English edition

Der heiße Kern der Anthroposophie. Anmerkungen zu Rudolf Steiners Weltbegriff. Key essay of Wolfgang Zumdick on the occasion of the exhibition: Rudolf Steiner, die Alchemie des Alltags. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 2010. German edition.

World Spirit, where are you? Catalogue essay by Walter Kugler 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  Two editions. German and English

‘Eine Hand, die zeigt und Hilfe bietet: Rudolf Steiners Begegnungen bei Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky und Johannes Itten. Essay by Wolfgang Zumdick in Rudolf Steiner in Kunst und Architektur, Köln DuMont 2007

Rudolf Steiner und die Anthroposophie. Wege zu einem neuen Menschenbild. Book, authored by Walter Kugler. DuMont, Köln 1991. German only.

Sichtbares Denken: Ueberlegungen anlaesslich einer Austellungseroeffnung von Rudolf Steiner-Tafeln im Juli 2003, by Shelley Sacks, in Cambridge in Kugler, W and Baur, S (2007) Rudolf Steiner in Kunst und Architectur, Dumont Verlag, Cologne [book chapter, translated from English keynote presentation and publication ‘Visible Thought’, for Cambridge Music Conference, Music and the Word, and the travelling exhibition of Steiner’s blackboard drawings: Visible Thought. 2003

Die eigentliche Lebenskunst in ‘Ernst Brücher. Ein Erinnerungsbuch’ («In memory of Ernst Brücher» with contributions by Mary Bauermeister, Mauricio Kagel, Peter Zadek and others), DuMont Verlag, Köln 2008 German only

Rudolf Steiner: chapter by Walter Kugler in the ‘Traces du Sacré’. Book and catalogue of an exhibition in Centre Pompidou, Paris, and ‘Haus der Kunst‘ in München, 2008/2009. French and German

Ich bin das Bild der Welt: Rudolf Steiner – Wandtafelzeichnungen / Otto Rietmann – Photographien. Co-authored and edited by Walter Kugler and Roland Scotti to coincide with the exhibition at the Museum Liner, Appenzell, 2011. Exhibition curated by Roland Scotti and Walter Kugler. Steidl Publishing Company, Göttingen. Full colour images. German only

Pensare per colori e forme by Walter Kugler, in L’Arte come percezione dell’invisibile, Bologna 2011. Italian

Details of social sculpture lectures and workshops by SSRU staff and researchers can be found via the links from their names


Shelley Sacks    Wolfgang Zumdick     

Further details can also be found on this site in the PEOPLE/Staff-Core network section and the PhD students section