FRAMETALKS crossing borders: imaginative thinking extending beyond church and art-world
During the final weekend, it became clear how FRAMETALKS is able to transcend disciplinary boundaries: the social sculpture action shifted beyond the local NGO sphere and those who are already into eco-social practice. It was part of both the Museumsnacht (Night of the Museums) and later, a special church service led by Stefan Nadolny.
In addition to the two days of reflection and distillation that were an integral part of the FRAMETALKS process, two further events connected FRAMETALKS to other contexts: the art world and the church community.
On Saturday 1 Sept, from 5pm until 1 am on Sunday FRAMETALKS was part of the ‘Museumsnacht’ (‘Night of the Museums’); on Sunday evening, after FRAMETALKS ended, it was part of a church service, led by Stefan Nadolny, priest at the Neue Brüderkirche. Nadolny highlighted the 'connective practice' emphasis in FRAMETALKS, and the importance of focused attention and perception through the 'deerskin frame'.
The Museumsnacht event invited participants to become aware of their 'frames', gathering this 'substance' in their booklets, and then exchanging this through the deerskin frame, or, on a small blackboard. One hour, instead of one-day, was devoted to each of the 5 Realities.
This Museumsnacht process was preceded by short introductions from Shelley Sacks and Stefan Nadolny, and a closing reflection on the value and contribution that such work can make to the challenges and difficulties in the world. Stefan said that despite today's global problems and shared concerns, different disciplines and groupings still tend to stay in their respective silos, including religion and art, with little exploration of common purpose and shared approaches. Stefan, Shelley and others described how FRAMETALKS crosses many invisible but powerful boundaries, and how a transdisciplinary approach could, according to Stefan, be seen as one form of 'transcendence'. Stefan said that although reaching large numbers of people might be difficult, posing questions in imaginative and engaging ways,would bring different communities together, and make a real contribution to moving beyond separate positions and silos.
The 7-day FRAMETALKS event was followed, on the last evening, by a special church service around the 'crucified' deerskin. Stefan Nadolny created a forum in which different voices shared their experiences through the deerskin frame. A dialogue - between FRAMETALKS participants and members of the church community - focused on ways of fostering a better culture of exchange and mutual understanding in the world today. This was followed by specially selected songs, some written by Stefan himself, that focused on aspects of the FRAMETALKS week.
Although a concluding event, it also revealed how social sculpture arenas like FRAMETALKS can offer ways forward: by enabling imaginative 'thinking together' processes, they strengthen and increase the work, in Kassel and round the world, towards a more humane and ecologically just future.