Creativity cycle “Honigpumpe am Arbeitsplatz”
I believe one of the first attempts to visualise open education was Joseph Beuys’ event/social sculpture “Honigpumpe am Arbeitsplatz”: (honey pump in the work place). This idea involved a double metaphor –
- honey (is to bees as) Culture (is to humans) and
- “society” as a human circulatory system.
Beuys believed that culture would best flourish if it could be “free” in the sense of being separated from the economy and power (legal-political) structures. He is also famous for stating (quite corrrectly in my view) that everyone is an artist.
In my addition to the Beuys story, one of the students, the “housekeeper” icon – has come to clear up the horrible mess Beuys made with his honey and margarine. This is a representation of the openness-creativity cycle…we can imagine that the Surfer and the Helicopter Parent might also have their own uses for the margarine and honey which Beuys provided in such large amounts.
Housekeeper by Alexandre Mendes, from The Noun Project .Previous post in this section