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The Art of Aggressive Humanism

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

The Center for Political Beauty (Berlin) visits The New School for a presentation on aggressive humanism. The Center for Political Beauty is an assault team that establishes moral beauty, political poetry and human greatness while aiming to preserve humanitarianism. The CPB engages in the most innovative forms of political performance art—an expanded approach to theatre: art must hurt, provoke and rise in revolt. In one basic alliance of terms: aggressive humanism. A presentation by Cesy Leonard, artistic director, film producer and organisatory committee chair woman of the Center for Political Beauty will be followed by a discussion with the audience. Light refreshments will be served. 

This event is kindly funded by Academic Affairs. It is organized by The Social Significance of Art, a student-led initiative at NSSR. Find us on Facebook or e-mail us at


Cesy Leonard is the artistic director, film producer and organisatory committee chair woman of the Center for Political Beauty CPB.

As herself an immigrant - mother from Eastern Europe (Magdeburg), father from the Far East (Melbourne) - she was born in Stuttgart and began her artistic career there - as a graffiti artist. Whether this can be considered art or vandalism - in Stuttgart in those days the judges had no hesitation to convict her for the latter. She was one of only a few women in the Stuttgart Hip-Hop scene. She was rapping with all-girl group “No Frills” and touring all of Germany.

She now leads the CPB's film department and makes up part of its creative center. Her film “Guilt - the barbarian Europe” won the 2012 Web Video Award. “Dancing on a Monday” ran in 2015 amongst others in the Max Ophüls Festival in Saarbrücken.

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Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Art and Design


The New School for Social Research


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