humanitas installation sketch

'HUMANITAS'. Sketch of installation concept.
The project description and details of it's content can be found below. Not yet realised as an exhibition.


'Dinner in Caracas' by Aldemaro Romero, released 1955 in Venezuela. To be played on a record player as part of the installation.


Exhibition content and description

To love is to be human. Tolerant, open, relaxed.

The hierarchy of knowledge is a staircase you can climb in.

The pleasure of being touched.

Labyrinths of civil life: Law, business, ceremonies, medicine.


lace heart on red felt - love

White lace heart on red felt. (Made by Zofija Sturm)
Hung in window towards the street.


database summary - staircase of humanitas

Old computer strips with summaries on humanitas from different databases and a step-ladder. The above is one of 559 summaries printed out as one continous long piece of paper. These strips will hang on the wall from the ceiling to the floor. Fastened at the top and hanging loose.
A step-ladder will be placed in the room. It can be used to read the database summaries.


the record - dinner in caracas

Stereo player playing the record "Dinner in Caracas".
Romantic, Venezuelian, popular background music from the 1950’s.


humanitas ink drawing 1

humanitas ink drawing 2

humanitas ink drawing 3

humanitas ink drawing 4

humanitas ink drawing 5

humanitas ink drawing 6

humanitas ink drawing 7

A series of 7 (A3) ink drawings in plastic cases, hung in a row on a separate wall.
Or, if possible, drawn on the wall.


The word “humanitas” was used in classical Latin as a translation for two different Greek words:
PAIDEIA = Education and training in the good arts, and PHILANTHROPIA = Good-feeling towards all humans without distinction.

Humanism came to constitute one of the factors of modern culture. Humanism is any philosophy which recognises the value or dignity of the human being and makes her/him/hen the measure of all things or somehow takes human nature, its limits or its interests as its theme.

A major humanist theme is the exaltation of freedom. Humanism is a defendant of each beings freedom to project it's life in the world in an autonomous way. Within humanism there is a widespread recognition of the value of pleasure. Poetry, rhetoric, history, ethics and politics became central in the humanities on the conviction that these disciplines educate the human being as such and put hen in a position effectively to exercise hen's freedom. So as well as the naturality of each person, humanism recognises hen's social and political character.

Humanism insists on both the active and the contemplative life. On moral philosophy, physics and metaphysics. Humanism recognises the value of money as an indispensable item for the wellbeing of the individual and for the life of society. And considers contempt for money a manifestation of the asceticism which was based on ignorance of human nature. Humanism has the conviction that the limit of political activity is to be found within politics alone.

Humanism made clear the perspective of historiographic distance, realising the distance of the objects from each other and from the viewer, making an effort to have the capacity to understand them in their actual place and time and in their distinction from each other - in their individuality.

Humanism does not have an anti religious or anti Christian character. The religious discussions of the humanists has two principal themes: the civil function of religion and religious tolerance.


Brussels, November 1995

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