The following pages offer you an insight into my work as a cultural researcher, author and social sculpture practitioner.

In the former world language Latin, humus (meaning earth) belongs to the same word family as humanus (humane, humanity).

Does this mean that the fertility of our earth is inextricably interwoven with humanity, and with the capacity to act humanely? And doesn’t it sometimes seem that, all over the world, this capacity for humaneness is vanishing - to the same extent that the earth itself is being eroded?

These questions move me. They hint at links between my rural origins - a childhood spent in a south-western German village near the Rhine - and my present work. They also suggest how crucial it is to connect to the part of our living self that strives for consciousness. This dimension may be called the soul, or, in the words of Paul Klee, the “heart of creation”.

Exploring such interconnections may now be a necessity if we are ever to become a genuinely sustainable civilisation. At the same time, it is a profoundly creative process.

So, are we indeed all artists? Or does the state of the world call upon us to become artists? Whatever the answer may be, I am ever more interested in exploring the connections between art, science and life, and my work is dedicated to working across all three. 

Detailaufnahme eines Kuechenkomposthaufens aus Küchenabfällen

Making compost: waste, like this waste from the kitchen, can be turned into fertile soil. What can be learned from this process, with a view to rebuilding our steadily disappearing humaneness?

Photo: Hildegard Kurt