PROJECT 81 PLUS

Please note that these webpages are still under construction. 

Project Coordinators: Sukhesh Arora, Niko Preuschoff, Manfred Schewe 

PROJECT 81 PLUS is an extension of the project entitled On the Softening of Our World: 81 Sayings that has been documented in a bilingual (German-English) book published in April 2021 by Schibri/Berlin. The book can be ordered directly here via the publisher's website and is also available as an ebook. For further details see the information below.

Our broad aim remains to make more visible, in both our private and professional lives, elements that we perceive as hard-set and rigid in our volatile world, and also make more tangible how such inhuman hardening may be overcome. 

Initiatives we currently have in mind include: 

  • Making the book also available as an Ebook and Audiobook
  • Creative writing: in the book readers were encouraged to create their your own saying and commentary. In the months to come we will collect these texts and make them available to a wider readership (format tbc). If interested please send your sayings/commentaries to: project81plus@gmail.com 
    If interested please send your text to project81plus@gmail.com
  • A public reading, based on a selection of texts from the book publication 
  • Teaching/Learning: Using (a selection of) texts from the book publication within pedagogical contexts
  • Theatre-related Projects that respond in creative ways to Bertolt Brecht's poem Legend of the origin of the book Tao-te-Ching on Lao-Tsu's road into exile (1938), especially the following extract: 

how quite soft water, by attrition
over the years will grind strong rocks away.
in other words, that hardness must lose the day

Further details on these and other initiatives will be made available as soon as possible.

Contact: project81plus@gmail.com

 

 

81 Sprüche zur Enthärtung unserer Welt – On the Softening of Our World: 81 Sayings

Editor: Manfred Schewe 

Publication date: March 2021
Publisher, City: Schibri-Verlag, Berlin
Languages: German, English

Synopsis: 

Eighty-one authors from fourteen countries and different professional backgrounds have participated in this project, Things Have to Change! On the Softening of Our World: 81 Sayings. It aims to make more visible, in both our private and professional lives, elements that we perceive as hard-set and rigid in our volatile world, and also make more tangible how such inhuman hardening may be overcome. The following lines from a poem by Bertolt Brecht served as an impulse for creative responses: 

how quite soft water, by attrition 
over the years will grind strong rocks away. 
in other words, that hardness must lose the day. 

One impressive aspect of this collective endeavour is the sheer variety of contributions. The authors all write from a perspective of personal experience, raise critical questions, and offer sensitively wrought scenarios of a more caring, more fully human world that serve to boost our courage and confidence: they suggest that yes, in many areas of life it would indeed be possible to overcome what is unhelpfully, dispiritingly hard-set! 

This volume, published in German and English, aims to initiate an intercultural dialogue about our world after Covid-19. The sooner we engage, across many national borders, in interventional thinking, involve ourselves in interactive discussion, and act with all the wisdom at our disposal, the more we all stand to benefit.                                                                                          

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