"One will strive to make beauty the mediator of truth, and through the truth to give beauty a permanent foundation and a higher dignity." Friedrich Schiller
“The connection to the spirit breaks if it is not maintained by beauty. The beauty connects the 'I' with the body.” Rudolf Steiner
The Literary Arts and Humanities are moving in a border area. They unite the scientific with the artistic approach to the world. Recognition is thus creative imagination. While in science man formulates general laws from the phenomena, through art he expresses their individual essence. By methodically combining both areas, scientific knowledge is tied back to the human being and thus brought to life again, while art is illuminated by consciousness and placed in a larger context. Progressive technology and mechanization raise the question of what is genuinely creative in human beings. It is central in the Fine Arts and thus forms the basis for all other sections of the School of Spiritual Science.
Specific areas of research are the vitalization of the word and language, the humanization of the human being through literature, Rudolf Steiner's science of the senses, transhumanism and digitalization, the artistic reception of anthroposophy and its mediation, and Rudolf Steiner's original contribution to philosophy.
Study and cultural conferences, colloquia and lectures on topics of the Literary Arts and Humanities are held regularly at the Goetheanum. Section groups work in nine countries. Further information: ssw.goetheanum.org
The first Goetheanum united all the arts as a synthesis of the arts and gave an impression of spiritual reality as it was expressed in anthroposophy at that time. What the eye saw and the ear heard came from the same spiritual source and served as an “organ for the language of the gods”.
This artistic marvel was burnt down as the result of arson on New Year’s Eve 1922/1923. Thus the possibility of experiencing anthroposophy through art was lost for a time. In the intensive art week, we want to approach this language of forms and its content artistically through all the arts. In the process, it will become apparent that recreating and obtaining a sense of it constitutes an unsuspected and inexhaustible source for inwardly bringing its content to life. The focus of the intensive week is therefore on the workshops.
We look forward to being able to encounter this incomparable work of art together with you in an artistically creative way.
More information on the program, about the contributors and registration in the flyer.
The international Whitsun Conference is devoted to Wolfram von Eschenbach’s great epic Parzival. Parzival’s path, described by Wolfram in medieval imagery, can be read as the modern human being’s imaginative path of the soul to the spirit. The central questions of our life about origin, home, family, kinship, destiny, self-knowledge, loneliness and community are to be understood in this sense as stages of an initiation.
Parzival finds his way to the Grail through detours and aberrations. What is the nature and secret of the Grail, who are its antagonists, and what does the Grail tell us today? We intend to explore these questions together with speakers from Belgium, England, Germany, California, Canada and Switzerland.
During the conference we will be able to enjoy the world premiere of «Parzival & Feirefiz - A New Grail Narrative», a special intercultural project from Canada. The new and original composition is inspired by a historically and politically relevant contemporary retelling of Wolfram von Eschenbach's original Grail story, integrating various musical languages, including West African and West European traditional and classical music, represented by the drum and the violin.
In addition, all the sonatas and partitas for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach, interpreted by Emmanuel Vukovich, will be heard in a double concert.
We look forward to deepening our work together with you at Whitsun!
Further information about the program and the contributors in the conference flyer.
In the first of his Five Meditations on Beauty, Chinese poet and calligrapher François Cheng contrasts Beauty and Evil. Cheng describes how it is controversial and provocative to speak about Beauty in the face of the “pervasive misery, blind violence, natural disasters, and ecological disasters” that confront us today. For François Cheng, Beauty and Evil constitute two poles of the human reality of the universe in which we live. […]
Working from his own ideas of art and aesthetics, Rudolf Steiner discussed the Beautiful and Ugly within the context of his discovery of the dual nature of Evil. Not only the Beautiful but also the Ugly are for him elements that constitute art and artistic creation: “If we wish really to take hold of art, we must never forget that the ultimate in art in the world is the interplay of the Beautiful and the Ugly, the presentation of the battle of the Beautiful with the Ugly. For only by looking upon the dynamic balance between the Beautiful and the Ugly do we stand foursquare within reality, rather than in a one-sided Luciferic or Ahrimanic reality that is not ours—a one-sided Luciferic and Ahrimanic reality, however, into which Lucifer and Ahriman strive to trap us.” […]
Rudolf Steiner’s efforts to turn all areas of life into art show that the creation of Beauty and thus creation according to artistic principles should not remain only a matter forartists and the visual or performing arts. Pedagogy becomes the art of education; medicine becomes the art of healing; agriculture becomes the art of agriculture; social science becomes the social art, and so on. […]
If the art process today is a balancing between the forces of the Beautiful and the Ugly (between the dissolving Luciferic and the hardening Ahrimanic forces), then the Platonic view of the Beautiful widens out. In the age of the consciousness soul, this view is also widened toward the activity of the individual, who in each case struggles for Beauty or realizes Beauty and bal-ance—or, we might say: grace and harmony. At the same time, the essential signature of our age is precisely such activity through which the sense-given is elevated to a realm spirit-ideal. […]
Read the entire essay here (Essay Translation by Bruce Donehower)
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