Shelley Sacks: “Landing Strip for Souls”
Landing Strip for Souls is a participatory social sculpture process for ‘activating the inner field’ and exploring the driving forces – past, present and future – in ones life and in the wider field. It puts the short interval we have on the planet in an experiential and global perspective. Through engaging in it, participants experience two of the social sculpture root methods: the “Inner Atelier” process and ‘active listening’. These methods help one to access and amplify the ‘Richtkrafte’ or ‘guiding forces’ in relation to individual, generational and global situations and to listen to what is calling one, individually and collectively, from the future. It also gives participants a direct experience of different modes of thinking and thinking-together, including Joseph Beuys’s emphasis on ‘imaginal thought’ and Goethe’s ‘intuitive thinking’. This “making social honey” process designed by Shelley Sacks is offered by the University of the Trees: Lab for New Knowledge and an Eco-Social Future as a stand-alone practice and as part of intensive social sculpture programs.
Ilene Wasserman: “Global Social Witnessing: emerging communication perspective”
Kerstin Strauß & Philip Stoll: “The Art of Witnessing“
Witnessing is love. It’s a real art of self. It requires full attention and great courage. What a challenge to open our selves to the raw complexity of the world’s processes! What a task to let go again the witnessed reality and return to a healthy emotional, mental and spiritual life. And what an opportunity to cultivate and explore GSW together. This GSW workshop offers a new beginning in how we become more sensitive, active global citizens. Inwardly hosting the unfolding of world processes can create a space of transformation for our selves and that which we witness. In this workshop we will explore some key witnessing capacities and qualities like attention, self-awareness, self-regulation or listening. We will also give some tools to regulate yourself after taking in challenging world-events. In order to tap into each ones witnessing capacities we will give space for peer-sharing – to listen to each other – and use our collective intelligence to develop GSW as a group. We as hosts of this workshop are two visual artists working with processes of transformation. We will share with you our learning from the artistic work and how this can be useful for GSW. We are also excited to use some artistic exercises to support the process.
Daniel Auf der Mauer: “The Embodied Witness: Photography and Videography as an Empathic Relational Interface to Trauma and Conflict”
Photography and videography are powerful relational interfaces and central mediators for Global Social Witnessing. They serve as a gateway between the world “out there” and the viewer’s experience “in here”. In this workshop, we will explore photography as an interpersonal ritual for connection and revelation and examine its relational principles and infrastructure in theory and through practical group exercises. Drawing from 15 years of experience in documenting conflict, Daniel will demonstrate live how the development of a strong personal witnessing capacity is central to unlocking the full relational bandwidth of photography and videography. If a photographer is unable to inclusively integrate what he or she is witnessing, the resulting overwhelm and dissociation is reflected in the images and relational access to the documented trauma is inhibited. Finally, we will view selected images and short excerpts of video documentaries and practice actual collective presencing and global social witnessing as a group.
Stephanie Miracle: “Eye as a Camera: a moving meditation on sight, the body and the environment”
How can we witness our world with greater intention? How can our eyes lead us towards compassion and empathy? How can our bodies lead up towards a keener sense of sight? This workshop will explore the relationship between the sight and site – our vision and the places we inhabit through our own physical bodies. Using practices derived the language of film and choreography, we will create movement scores that heighten our senses and better position us within the environment. As a group, we will work with embodied assignments that move us through indoor and outdoor spaces and together we will create radical, physical acts of witnessing. By emphasizing how we see what we see, we can move into a amplified state of awareness to the world around us that present the possibility of empathy. All levels of movers welcome.
Werner Vogd: “Global Witnessing under the perspective of James Dow’s Theory of Symbolic Healing”
Ingrid Pickel: “The responsive body – giving GSW a voice through movements”
The practice of GSW requires a sensory awareness and processing quality that enables us to create an inner world space. A good awareness of and rootedness in our bodymind seems therefore crucial. This workshop proposes meditational and playful scores that enable us to enlarge our space and capacity to resonate. The scores invite us to sense inner movements and microphenomenological gestures as a resonance to outer movements and events. By letting these movements flow into outer expression, they become tangible. Moment to moment we can experience their changing nature and the shifting of perspectives. Step by step we increase our capacity to contain complex realities.
The body has a wisdom which connects us to the past and to the future. Together we explore the responsive body and possibilities of an emerging we-space. We feel the subtle web of connection between us and give GSW a voice that can be heard, seen and felt.
Clara Perinchery & Axel Perinchery: “The Citizen is Present – Global Social Witnessing in public places and global hot spots”
In October 2018 Axel initiated with his wife Clara and his friends Martin Bruders and Gary Joplin the social art performance: “The Citizen is Present”.
Inspired by the performance artist Marina Abramovic they are practicing Global Social Witnessing in contact with the citizens in order to explore what impact presence has on public places. After 1 year it has become a growing movement and it happened already in 29 cities. The last action took place at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Madrid 2019.
Clara and Axel will present this project and this specific practice of social witnessing which includes: self awareness, relational competence and space consciousness.
This workshop will give you the opportunity to have a direct experience of the deep personal and societal impact of this practice and to get an inspiration on how a spontaneous idea can become a social movement.
Mette Boell: “Compassionate systems leadership for an uncertain future”
Elizabeth Debold & Thomas Steininger: “What is Sacred Activism? – Practices for Global Wholeness in a Time of Division”
In this workshop, Elizabeth Debold and Thomas Steininger will open up a collaborative inquiry with participants into the intersection of activism and consciousness development, social change and spiritual transformation. Together, we will explore this intersection by investigating different practices such as post-oppositional engagement, bearing witness, and practices of emergence, guided by the voices of indigenous spiritual leaders and activists from their One World in Dialogue projects. This session will be conducted using emergent dialogue, which in itself connects consciousness development and action.