New Patrons

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The New Patrons
of Kasnevitz

In the city centre of Marl

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

The New Patrons of Kasnevitz

Patrons*innen: Katrin Eigenfeld, Peter Hübner, Martin Hurtienne, Christian König, Rainer Krowas, Marie-Luise Marlow, Christoph Muster, Martina Woldt,

Mediators*innen: Susanne Burmester,

Cooperation Partners and Sponsors: Federal Cultural Foundation,

Duration: 2021 –

Kasnevitz is a village that other villages could be envious of. Here, people are committed to the village community. They convince others of their concerns and find money for their projects. Most recently, a group of Kasnevitzers even managed to convert the former fire station into a village community center with the help of an architect and fill it with new life. Where the equipment used to be, a cultural program now takes place.
But now that the place is there for everyone, an unexpected problem emerges. Part of the village remains aloof. No real conversation or common perspective emerges. Apparently, it is not enough to build a house. The village needs more dialogue and more cohesion. The groups and small groups that have shaped village life for a long time should find their way to each other.

Kasnevitz

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

Kasnevitz

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

Kasnevitz

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

That's why the New Patrons of Kasnevitz are commissioning an art project that involves everyone. It has an unusual goal. The village is to become the stage for a new beginning, in which newcomers and those who have always been there, old and young, the parish and those who have never had anything to do with it, fall out of their traditional roles.

"The village is to become the stage for a new beginning, in which newcomers and those who have always been there, old and young, the church community and those who have never had anything to do with it, fall out of their traditional roles."

The New Patrons of Kasnevitz invite an artist to turn the village into a common playing field. Can the expectations that one has of the other be broken through in the game? Can the rules be redefined if those who are always particularly quick to speak up make slower moves for once than those who listen first and think things over carefully three times? Will those who always roll up their sleeves get a free pass and sit out a round? Could the loud ones be quiet for a change? The commissioning group sees Kasnevitz as a rehearsal stage for village cohesion. They want to give and share, invite and curiously wait to see what happens when unfamiliar faces are seen in the front row. They also see this as a good exercise for a society in which not everything can go on as it is. They see the village for all as a joyful experiment with a completely open outcome.

Signing of commission

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

Signing of commission

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

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