New Patrons


The New Patrons
of Steinhöfel

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

Good ways of growing older together

Patrons*innen: Inhabitants of Steinhöfel: Steffen Adam, Regina Funke, Jane Gersdorf, Annegret Huth, Mela Meierhans, Kerstin Neitsch, Beatrix Oppermann, Hannegret Richter,

Commission: We are commissioning an artistic project that will bring together people from the twelve villages of the Steinhöfel to engage in a dialogue about the scope for shaping their aging. So we want to find new ways of helping each other to grow older in the villages support. At the same time, the connections between the villages should become visible, which have been obscured by political restructuring. Our shared stories go beyond beyond local borders. They connect us all.

Mediators*in: Lena Ziese (until 2021),

Artists*innen: Rimini Protokoll, ConstructLab,

Cooperation Partners and Sponsors: Federal Cultural Foundation,

Duration: 2019 –

Everyone gets older. But that's nothing people like to talk about. The New Patrons of Steinhöfel are certain: the challenges that ageing in the countryside brings with it are existential and affect everyone.

They want to connect the people from the Steinhöfel community's twelve villages closer with an artistic project about getting older together. In collaboration with the authors' collective Rimini Protokoll and the design and architecture network ConstructLab, they want to strengthen the possibilities for action and the sense of community for a self-determined ageing in the countryside.

Steinhöfel inhabitants get together during a Dorfrezepte get-together

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

Rimini Protokoll's Helgard Haug (in the middle) with inhabitants from Steinhöfel during the Dorfrezepte get-together

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Mediator Lena Ziese

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The art project is to span between the villages of Steinhöfel. Within the framework of the project, the villages of the community will therefore become narrators for each other. By exchanging stories, grown connections become visible again, which have been forgotten due to restructuring, or new bonds are formed where there have never been any before.

The rediscovery and invention of commonalities and the resulting artistic impulses on site should provide the framework for sustainable activities of their own in the long term, in which the people of the community support each other as they grow older.

Old photography from Steinhöfel

Coordinator Sophia Trollmann with senior citizen representative Renate Kliems

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An old black and white photograph from Steinhöfel shows three old people sitting on a bench in the village. They are in the centre, visible, approachable. The past scene is also the image of a possible future. Shared histories of the community become the basis for a common future.

In a dialogue between the twelve villages of the Steinhöfel community, we want to find new ways to support each other in getting older.

New Patron Hannegret Richter (left) hosting the Dorfrezepte-Fest is supported by Steinhöfel inhabitants

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

New Patron Hannegret Richter on air

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For the research phase of the project, Rimini Protokoll and ConstructLab have started to visit the villages of Steinhöfel. They asked about the simplest stories that people from different generations pass on to each other - and about the recipes with which they master their lives every day. Because every generation has its recipes: For the best cake, for a happy marriage or for how best to repair a fence. They are not only classic recipes, but also recipes for life or building instructions.

Postcard design for collecting "Dorfrezepte" (village recipes)

New Patron Regina Funke during the "Dorfrezepte" presentation

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

These Dorfrezepte ("village recipes") are the tricks of everyday life in the villages – everyday life in which also ageing takes place. They reveal a lot about the villages. Through them the people from Steinhöfel get to know each other better and can show the artist collectives the local, even private treasures of knowledge that exist everywhere.

Growing old together means sharing everyday life: The Dorfrezepte become public and in the further course of the project they provide the material basis for various discussions about aging in community. When it comes to re-describing places in a narrative way and to create something lasting, the artists will start where the recipes end.

Presentation of the "Dorfrezepte"

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

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