Gerhard Hofbauer
Global Warming / Individual Freezing?

With the song "Nur Noch Kurz Die Welt Retten"[1], Tim Bendzko has delivered a slogan that can be interpreted in many ways. He himself promises after having saved the world he would return to his love-mate again. However, if mankind is an integral part of the world, it might be lucky to be saved by this hero. Otherwise?

„Performing in the arts how nature affects “, the current topic of Polyaesthetic Bildung International is leading the relationship of the individual to all that concerns nature to a crucial point, to a pivot: A revitalised awareness of everything that concerns nature in the broadest sense is intended to help people reposition themselves in their world.

There is no doubt about the urgency of averting global overheating, however and wherever opportunities arise. - But isn't individual coldness spreading wherever we look? Has not physical distancing already demonstrably led to a trend towards 'social distancing'?

No doubt, everything that distances the hostile virus has primary rank, so that "I can't breathe" does not become a heinous reality.

Let us leave the horror vision and its metaphors, but without running away from it all. For complementary counter-programmes are an imperative of the hour. Making the human psyche visible, audible, tangible in its psychophysical correspondence, simply put, its manifold system of reference to all nature on and around us, is the essence of our approach.  To demonstrate and communicate through creative, artistic expression how - in what way and in what respect - nature touches us is the program[2].

From the sensual experience of how the world affects us, clear-headedness[3] can emerge. Focusing on how to be affected and reflecting on its aesthetical effects without predetermined purpose and utility[4], ‘eo ipso’ may create space, let us breathe more freely, may enable us better awareness and deeper feeling of the self[5].

Especially in urban areas, experience of nature has been noticeably tipped out of the overall experience of the world, but also beyond that, in all settings where other priorities take over the educational canon. We urge aesthetic educational processes back into context and hope you will stand with us.

The-> IGPE PUBLIC FORUM at htpps://paeb.org is open for your comments and contributions.

 

[1] See the Youtube-Video Tim Bendzko - Nur Noch Kurz Die Welt Retten (Offizielles Video) - YouTube (1.5.2021).

[2] Wolfgang Seierl, composer, painter and musician from Vienna, member of IGPE, made a 1 metre long string into a comprehensive artistic impulse on the issue of 'closeness and distance'. His works were presented at the Symposium 2020. For more details see the report of the symposium at https://paeb.org.

[3] Johann Gottfried Herder has described this aesthetic process in detail: Herder, Johann Gottfried von; Heintel, Erich (Hg.): Sprachphilosophische Schriften. 2. Aufl. Hamburg: Meiner, 1975 (Philosophische Bibliothek 248)

[4] Without going into detail, that kind of request can be found in Friedrich Schiller's Letters on Aesthetic Education: Schiller, Friedrich; Berghahn, Klaus L.: Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen in einer Reihe von Briefen. Stuttgart: Reclam, 2000 (Universal-Bibliothek 18062)

[5] As incomparable as the time of origin of both sources of reference may be with the present pandemic situation, both approaches signify concrete aesthetical counter-programmes to the perceived psychic suffering of their time. While Herder criticises the human distance of rationalism, Schiller expresses his harsh disappointment about the French Revolution being able to lead to a 'better man' and trusts on the aesthetic education of the individuum. - Different signs of those times with similar effects as in the present?

 

POLYAESTHETICA 2021-05 BASIC LETTER 02

"The ability to engage with the arts is a must".

More than a month has passed since our first edition of the Basic Letter. Time for a new issue. Herewith we present our Basic Letter, No. 02.

“One of the consequences of a year of a special psychic challenge is the conviction that the aesthetic dimension of life concerns and affects everyone.   As essential and indispensable biological immune strength is for the 'chemistry of the cells', as essential it is for the 'chemistry of the whole individual' and its healthy psychological constitution”, we wrote in the first issue of polyaesthetica.

Here is a recent example which underlines our point of view:

The ability to face the arts is indispensable in order to see change, ambiguity and uncertainty as positive productive forces for shaping life and society, because a limitation of the term "education" and the focus on competences in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology "fall much too short", the Salzburger Nachrichten quote a statement of the rectors of the Austrian art universities. (Salzburger Nachrichten: Kunstuniversitäten fordern Investitionsschub. 04.05.2021, p. 10.)

We hope this clear sign gives hope for an intensification of the cooperation with the Austrian art universities, especially in Salzburg, where the International Society for Polyaesthetic Education is located.

 

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G. Hofbauer: Global Warming / Individual Freezing? (en)

„Performing in the arts how nature affects“, the working theme of Polyaesthetic Bildung International is leading the relationship of the individual to all that concerns nature to a crucial point, to a pivot: A revitalised awareness of everything that concerns nature in the broadest sense is intended to help people reposition themselves in their world.

There is no doubt about the urgency of averting global overheating, however and wherever opportunities arise. - But isn't individual coldness spreading wherever we look? Has not physical distancing already demonstrably led to a trend towards 'social distancing'?

 

Dietmar Jürgens, Vice-president: Projects and teaching offers on "Performing in the arts how nature affects"

Link to the German contribution: Projekte und Lehrangebote zu „In den Künsten zeigen, wie Natur berührt“ im Arbeitsfeld von Vize-Präs. DDr. Dietmar Jürgens

Dietmar Jürgens reports on the project "How Light Embraces Shadow" at the social institution "Villa Gauhe" and on ongoing teaching offers related to the current topic of Polyaesthetic Bildung International.

 

G. Hofbauer: Info about the websites

The website is now bilingual, in German and English. The conversion of the website https://paeb.org to a bilingual structure has been completed. Read the most important details.

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Gerhard Hofbauer: Remembering the congress “didacta DIGITAL austria, 2019“

Link to the German edition: Erinnerungen an die didacta DIGITAL austria, 2019

In the new article I come back to the conference "didacta DIGITAL austria 2019" and thus to the topic of the Polyaisthesis Symposium 2017 at St. Pölten, “virtu.real. On the Aesthetics of the Digital".

Digitalisation continues to be discussed as a key solution for overcoming current social and, above all, economic challenges. Technical implementation alone cannot be the whole solution is the approach of this contribution. It refers to the introduction of this basic letter polyaesthetica and invites you to read and comment on it.

 

Orbituary to Prof. Dr. Paolo J. Knill

Paolo Knill, founder of the European Graduate School (EGS) based in Saas Fee, Valais, and acting worldwide, passed away at the age of 89. Read the obituary of our long-time member scrolling down the ->  News Section of the English website.

 

Gisela Brunke-Mayerhofer reflecting on the task “Performing in the arts how nature affects“

Link to the German contribution: Gisela Brunke-Mayerhofer zu „In den Künsten zeigen, wie Natur berührt“

The painter Gisela Brunke-Mayerhofer from Munich shares her response to our topic from her personal perspective as a painter in the IGPE PUBLIC FORUM.

 

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With warm greetings from the board
and with the desire that we all now successively put the most difficult time of loneliness and distancing through the viral threats behind us,

Gerhard Hofbauer

 

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POLYAESTHETICA 2021-04 BASIC LETTER 01

Spring is coming

Always to be in the mood for new beginnings, as we know from our experience with nature. However, that is attaching particularly our main theme "Expressing in the arts how nature is touching us".

One of the consequences of a year of a special psychic challenge is the conviction that the aesthetic dimension of life concerns and affects everyone.   As essential and indispensable biological immune strength is for the 'chemistry of the cells', as essential it is for the 'chemistry of the whole individual' and its healthy psychological constitution.

We have lost people from our professional and private circle of friends and feel for all those who are still affected by the insidious viral infection. More than in previous years, we feel the loneliness of many people, , especially older but also many younger ones in our "progressive" world of life.

But how does Polyaesthetic Education relate to this?