Videos of the performances Social Sculpture Foundation I, Regal Star Project (1983) and Social Sculpture Foundation II (1984), with the participation of Joseph Beuys.
Waldo Bien, Social Sculpture II. Still from the video of the performance (1984). Courtesy of LIMA.
Born 1949 in The Hague (NL).
Student of Joseph Beuys at the Kunstakademie
Düsseldorf between 1970-1976, Waldo Bien extensively engages with the concept
of Social Sculpture in his work, including interdisciplinary research in
anthropology and phenomenology. He is the Founding director of the Free
International University World Art Collection, which aims to carry out social
projects and activities in the field of art and science.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK
shows two historic video tapes:
The video of the 1983 performance Social Sculpture Foundation I, Regal Star Project (1983) Bien's choice of location is unusual. On a deserted ship he stages the morning ritual of shaving, which, due to the setting, becomes more than usually fraught with meaning.
The 1984 video Social Sculpture
Foundation II, a performance with the participation of Joseph Beuys.
The video shows the performance in which Beuys – among other daily rituals - is
shaving his former student Bien. This action takes up the basic concept of the
Social Sculpture as a potential to transform society or the environment.
Courtesy of LIMA, Amsterdam
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