"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