Directive Forces for a New Society
Joseph Beuys Works was an exhibition and round table discussion that enables students, the RMIT community and the public to reconsider the impact of the work of Joseph Beuys on contemporary socially engaged art practice.
Joyce mit Schlitten (Joyce with sled) 1985
Yes, there are parallels,
and I’ve refered to Joyce,
because I realised that the things
which change the universe
have to do with our consciousness,
that one needs highlight this,
and not simply keep claiming this.
But if this is really what one intends, then one
naturally has to take care
that things are alive and
that they really radiate from within.
One should not in the slightest get into things on formal
or stylistic grounds,
but only in terms of its life principle,
as living substance.
If one doesn’t go right into the living substance,
the thing destroys itself.
Nothing else is really as central.
What I am trying to say is
that this principle of inherent change
one could also say
as dynamic medicine,
was crucial for me.
Joseph Beuys 1979
Translated by Professor Shelley Sacks and Dr Wolfgang Zumdick 2010