lebendigo — a beginning with no end

Cliff Gorman
Published in
2 min readDec 14, 2017


Emergency Conference (For Joseph Beuys), Dr Victoria Walters, 2016 Materials: Argyranthemum frutescens, Dwarf Rhodedendron ‘Arctic Tern’, Dianthus ‘Mojito’, hand-thrown terracotta pots, calico, table, microphones, soil, plastic tubing.

Art alone makes life possible — this is how radically I should like to formulate it.
I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms….
I would say man does not consist only of chemical processes, but also of metaphysical occurrences.
The provocateur of the chemical processes is located outside the world.
Man is only truly alive when he realizes he is a creative, artistic being…
Even the act of peeling a potato can be a work of art if it is a conscious act.

Joseph Beuys

What does lebendigo do?

It looks at life and living.

It makes a start in accumulating the many views which have been expressed by various people/disciplines in their endeavours to get to grips with, in particular, the phenomenon of life. And also asks ‘How do we want to live?’

The reason? Because it is my contention that a more rounded view of life enriches work-a-day lives and increases the respect and appreciation for life in general (more so than with a highly focused approach).

Obviously, I do not claim that what is offered here will be complete and totally balanced even within a particular angle. And certainly not all possible angles could be covered here; that would be an impossible task.

I happen to hold the view that the study of plants provides an excellent starting point to study ‘life’.

And, I put forward the suggestion that someone who develops a wider and deeper understanding, and a consciously directed awareness of (and involvement with) plant life, is likely to achieve a healthier and more fulfilling life (evidenced by having an increased vitality and living longer) by tapping into the very copious life forces that plants seem to either possess or have access to. By putting this intuitive view forward I hope to provoke discussion and experimental investigation into this possibility.



Cliff Gorman

Inviting contributions on the theme of Life & Living. My personal interests include the ideas of Goethe, Joseph Beuys, Rudolf Steiner, Schrödinger etc etc.