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Trailer: Starting From Language. Joseph Beuys at 100

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At the Munich Kammerspiele in 1985 Joseph Beuys contributed to the series Reden über das eigene Land: Deutschland (Lectures on One’s Country: Germany). In his lecture, Beuys pointed out that he develops his works “starting from language”. Beuys viewed language as the equal of sculptural means, a plastic material through which each individual could participate in a re-ordering of society with their body, mind, and communicative behavior. Beuys engages with a wide variety of linguistic phenomena, from silence to extended discussions, from beastly-sounding noises to precise conceptual analyses and enigmatic writings.

Video: MONA productions