UOT - Lab for new Knowledge and an Eco-Social Future

LAB for New Knowledge and an Eco-Social Future

Communication | Published: 20.08.2018

The UOT-MICROLAB for social sculpture, Kassel

FRAMETALKS is a collaboration with change-makers from the UOT-MICROLAB in Kassel, Germany


FRAMETALKS is a social sculpture lab that enables us to explore our thinking and attitudes, individually and together, as part of the work toward an eco-social future.

Kassel was a kind of social sculpture lab for Joseph Beuys. It included some of his key social sculpture explorations like the Honey Pump at the Workplace and the Free International University.

In 2012, Shelley Sacks was invited by individuals and organisations in Kassel to bring the methods and strategies she has developed for working actively with Beuys’ social sculpture proposals, to Kassel. FRAMETALKS is one part of this ongoing and evolving exchange with many socially engaged individuals and eco-social organisations in Kassel.

EARTH FORUM, widely known and used in Kassel as well as many other contexts and places globally, is another part of these ongoing social sculpture developments. There is now an active group in Kassel working with the social sculpture ideas and methods that have been developed in the past 20 years.


This UOT-MICROLAB Kassel is part of the University of the Trees: Lab for New Knowledge and an Eco-Social Future, affiliated to the Social Sculpture Research network linked to Oxford Brookes University.

The UOT-MICROLAB in Kassel has a local core group that includes Karsten Winnemuth, Martina Schäfer, Marketa Adamova, Hartmut Hübner, Heimo Thiele, Maike Bruse, Astrid von Gons, Ylla Winkler, Marina Rose, Udo Maria Borg and Evelin Schimelpfennig. They are joined for FRAMETALKS by Wolfgang Zumdick, Markus Stefan, and Annelinde Kirchgaesser, as well as Gudrun Spahn-Skrotzki, Stefan Nadolny and others from Kassel and the region.

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