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Beuys Don't Cry: From Social Sculptures to Social Media

von Lunen, Alexander (2016) Beuys Don't Cry: From Social Sculptures to Social Media. In: The Digital Arts and Humanities: Neogeography, Social Media and Big Data Integrations and Applications. Springer Geography . Springer, pp. 23-45. ISBN 978-3319409511

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This paper looks at the art and philosophy of German fluxus artist Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) and relates this to current debates in the Digital Arts and Humanities. Beuys coined a number of grassroots concepts, such as the 'social sculpture.' With this he referred to (a) the potential of art to transform society, (b) art as a social product, i.e., sculptures in which the onlookers are part of the artwork, and (c) the potential of every person to be an artist. His often misconstrued punchline of 'everyone is an artist' is an extension of Marcel Duchamps' 'Ready Made' art, in which anything can be art; i.e., what Beuys proposed was rather that 'anyone can be an artist.' This chapter looks at the similarities between Beuys' work and Social Media and Digital Humanities, in how far his concept of the 'Social Sculpture' can inform the two.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Alexander Von Lunen
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 12:08
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 12:09


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