Dr. Wolfgang Zumdick is an international author, philosopher, curator, and a specialist in social sculpture and the work of Joseph Beuys. He held a scholarship at the Laurenz Haus Foundation in Basel and has curated several Joseph Beuys and social-sculpture exhibitions. He is the author of numerous publications on the history of philosophy and twentieth-century art and philosophy, with a focus on Joseph Beuys and the philosophy of imagination. From 2008 until 2019 he lectured at Oxford Brookes University at Oxford, and has been a guest lecturer at numerous universities worldwide.
Awards and memberships Grant of the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst. Together with the Californian conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg and the Büchner Prize winner Felicitas Hoppe first scholarship holder of the international foundation Laurenz-Haus Basel, Switzerland. Member of the jury of the Joseph Beuys Science Award (Museum Schloss Moyland, NRW), jury chairman of the SSC Social Sculpture Award 2019. Liaison lecturer of the Heinrich Böll-Stftung (Federal Foundation) and scientific advisor of the Europahaus Burgenland, Eisenstadt (Austria).
He found the connections between Rudolf Steiner’s epistemology and Beuys’ concept of Social Sculpture inspirational for him and influenced his approach to the management of CGA Bryson’s construction business. Ian forged a new collaborative approach to working with staff, contractors and consultants in his construction business which led to a book titled: “From Me to We; design and build collaborative workplaces”.
As a director of Collaborative Enquiry Pty Ltd, Ian speaks in Australia and internationally on aspects of Collaboration.
A patron of the arts, Ian has an interest in contemporary, Australian and International, art and has supported numerous artists and art exhibitions. He was active in bringing the exhibition ‘Joseph Beuys & Rudolf Steiner Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition’ to the National Gallery of Victoria in 2007.
Ian is interested in practical approaches to Beuys’ Social Sculpture and Permanent Conference and how these can create impulses in society to transform it in open, humane way in freedom.