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from 12 may 2021
joseph beuys
joseph beuys

»Private conversations are nonsense in my opinion« joseph beuys, 1972

Is everyone an artist? Are trees more intelligent than people? Is plasticity synonymous with humanity? Are we the revolution? Do we live in a pseudo-democracy? Are capitalism’s days numbered? Joseph Beuys posed many of the questions that we most urgently face today. »beuysradio« investigates who Beuys was, how he was and is perceived, what he actually said, how that is pertinent and why his ideas and he himself remain the subject of such heated debate today. »beuysradio« takes up his key hypotheses and questions and has a fresh look at them in the here and now. This free online audio programme dedicated to the critical analysis of Joseph Beuys presents 100 voices exploring him as a person, 20 podcasts on his most provocative questions, a wide range of reports on the festivities comprising the centenary programme »beuys 2021« and a series of playlists introducing the music he listened to, made, influenced and inspired.

A cooperation of »beuys 2021« with the Goethe-Institut, Munich under the direction of Catherine Nichols and Marc-André Schmachtel.


The first two podcasts are a cooperation of WDR 3 with the Goethe Institute, munich and beuys 2021 to mark the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys.


Benjamin Hassselhorn: »It’s about reality in its entirety. On the significance of myths in the 21st century«

Beuys described himself as a storyteller and cultivated an uninhibited approach to myths. But aren't myths problematic or even dangerous, especially when they become political? Why can't we get rid of myths even in the 21st century? And how can we deal with them constructively?

Benjamin Hasselhorn is a historian and theologian. From 2014 to 2019, he was curator of the Luther Memorials Foundation in Saxony-Anhalt. Since 2019, he has been an assistant professor at the Department of Modern History at the University of Würzburg, where he is working on a postdoctoral thesis on historical myths.


anna bromley: »Creating a new organ. Social sculpture and social media«

Beuys was in favour of »humans creating a whole new organ for themselves« that would provide them with forms of »speaking out«. How would he like Twitter and Clubhouse? Drawing is thinking, according to Beuys. Anna Bromley takes him at his word and speculates about current ›organs‹ while looking between his lines and words

Anna Bromley is an artist, author and radio host. She is host of the program »Lautstrom« at, among others. For documenta 14, she collaborated with Brandon LaBelle on a radio program titled »The Laughter of the Hyposubject«.


Ralf Schlüter: »Is everyone an artist? The expanded concept of art in the expanded art world«
With his famous phrase, Joseph Beuys aims at the creative potential of each individual, which is realized in the "social sculpture" of a new society. The podcast discusses this utopia with the Indonesian artist collective ruangrupa, which will curate documenta 15 in Kassel in 2022.
Ralf Schlüter is a cultural journalist. From 2006 to 2020 he was deputy editor-in-chief of the art magazine »Art«. Since 2020, he has been the author of the ZEIT podcast series »Zeitgeister – der Podcast für Musik, Kulturgeschichte und Gegenwart«. From 2013 to 2020 he hosted the show »Art Mixtape« at the web radio station ByteFM.


An Paenhuysen: »Every revolution begins with silly questions.The potential of nonsense and dilletantism«
There is a common misconception that profound analysis requires great seriousness. Humour is thought to be the exact opposite. This misunderstanding also pertains to art. Kicking off with the question »Why do we think something is deep because it is serious?«, An Paenhuysen explores the political and philosophical potential of nonsense in a conversation with artists about works by Joseph Beuys.
An Paenhuysen is a historian, curator, writer, and blogger. She is a lecturer in art writing and cultural theory at the Node Center for Curatorial Studies, Berlin. She directs the House of Deadly Doris, and researches dilettantism, nonsense, and silliness. She has published widely, most recently Silly Poems (2020).


Further topics:

Are we the revolution? On the usefulness of universalisms and the idea of revolution 
Pseudo-democracy everywhere. How can we make democracy more democratic?
Are trees more intelligent than people? The extension of rights towards everything that breathes 
What is capital? Sustainable economic values and money
Is plasticity synonymous with humanity? Queering Beuys
Genghis Khan’s daughter. Beuys, art, feminism

among others.


A cooperation of beuys 2021 with the Goethe-Institut, Munich under the direction of Catherine Nichols and Marc-André Schmachtel