Artist Louwrien Wijers will introduce her mental sculpture "Art meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy", that she organised in 1990 with scientists, economists, spiritual leaders and artists. Today, 30 years later, under the current COVID-19 conditions, the questions that were raised back then are still equally relevant.
In 1990, a high profile event entitled "Art meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy" was hosted jointly by the University of Amsterdam and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. It considered the then recent end to the Cold War, and acknowledged the necessity and importance of creativity in light of the social shifts that were occurring. Today, 30 years later, under Covid-19-determined conditions, there is a renewed impetus to raise similar questions and consider the current societal and economic changes.
In this interview, Louwrien Wijers will introduce the historical event prompting questions concerning the continued relevance of that discourse, current emphases in the debates, and approaches to ArtScience.
As an artist, whose work grew in close collaboration with Joseph Beuys and can be called Social Sculpture, Wijers will be interviewed by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes (art historian and theme-lead ArtScience at IAS, UvA) and Mariana Lanari (artist and PhD researcher, UvA).
About the historical event 'Art meets Science and Spirituality in a changing Economy’ (AmSSE, 1990)
Five days of panel dialogues at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1990. In the first panel, artist Robert Rauschenberg, scientist David Bohm and spiritual leader the Dalai Lama talked with Russian economist Stanislav Menshikov and came to the slogan ‘From Competition to Compassion’. In the panel discussions that followed the next four days, the artists: John Cage, JCJ van der Heyden, Lawrence Weiner and Marina Abramovic, the scientists, Ilya Prigogine, Francisco Varela, Rupert Sheldrake and Fritjof Capra, the spiritual leaders Huston Smith, Mother Tessa Bielecki, Lama Sogyal Rinpoche and Raimon Panikkar spoke with the economists F. Wilhelm Christiansen, J.M. Pinheiro Neto, Jean-Maxime Léveque and H.J. Witteveen.
Their ideas pointed at a future in which every person’s creativity is more important than ever before.