New Social Order

Fahim Faisal
“New Social Order” about contemporary art is to challenge the societal norms and establish our perspective of the structure we have within society. This can be understood from the way artists use participatory methods to allow different insights in essentially antagonistic constitution. As social order is understood by the relations, structures, and beliefs we socially have, the new social order will effectively be a contemporary revolution to challenge ideas at that specific time.

One artist who executes this principle is Joseph Beuys who was is best known for planting 7000 trees that was planted in parts of Germany which was affected by bombings. In a time where there was a fallen country recovering from a world war, he displayed key examples in which he wanted to shift society to peaceful and green reforms.

Joseph Beuys 7000 Oak Trees 1982

His work of planting trees in the battle fields shows us how we can rejuvenate life from everything in societies scared past. The fact that he actively got the people of Germany involved in this participatory project, especially members of the green party of the Free International University which he has helped to form. This shows us how a group of people challenged the typical ideals of political, social and economical nature of a war torn country and actually promote his idea of a “social sculpture”.

This is the idea that even living systems could become works of art allowing people to creatively bring nature and politics together which lead to his new social order of leading a political party and leading people to become one with his participatory art. This just allows us to understand that the new social order is a way in which we move the hearts of society to allow a greater change over the injustices we have and for social orders to be rejuvenated, participatory measures must be executed by the artists to allow there to be room for change in our society.