Es war einmal…
Let me shortly describe our situation and mission here.
Gottsbüren is a tiny village in the middle of nowhere in Germany, about 20 miles from Kassel. This beautiful little village, build in half-timbered style and surrounded by nature, has to deal with outflow of people. Once there was a pretty good infrastructure in this fairy tale like village but gradually school, hairdresser, shoe shop, butcher, pension, restaurant, bar, and every food shop closed. Partly because people moved away, leaving empty houses behind and partly because the majority of the now remaining 800 villagers is 60+. A slowly dying fairy tale.
Und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind…
Now we, art students and teachers from the art university, department space&designstrategies, in Linz, Austria, with “cow” as currant topic of the year, found it a perfect match to interfere. With the goal not to change the people or community there, but to give them a opportunity to get inspired, a new point of view and a chance to change themselves and their circumstances, to revitalize this nice piece of earth again. We also want to spread the news that there are empty houses for sale! In the countryside! In a nice village! Waiting fore someone to take care! And very VERY cheap!! We want to get people from Kassel, the next bigger town nearby, interested to come, see and understand the benefits of moving to the countryside. So we are making a big exhibition called 2nd CENTENNIALE GOTTSBÜREN (exhibition every 100 years), where every student is presenting his or her own project they had over the semester. And we have our own TV show, revealing a new episode everyday on Offener Kanal Kassel broadcast.
So lets see how the story goes…
diary 25. June 2015
Our art collective achieved some kind of routine by now. Everyone seems to be in a really productive flow. I myself woke up quite early today with a great drive. We had a very rich and lovely breakfast under the charming sun. Different kinds of fresh bread, butter, marmalades, Grießkoch mit Schokolade, Zimt und Zucker, curry-soup and juice. We are able to wash the dishes inside by now, thanks to our new water installation. The plan that we are divided in three groups: one for cooking, one for washing the dishes and one for cleaning, failed yesterday. But we learned that we get along really well, if everyone does just what he feels like doing. There is a list of duties and everyone who feels like it, does something and it works. Everyone is happy, because the work is appreciated and that’s just it.
Right now I’m on my way to Kassel to print posters, maps and other stuff for the exhibition. And also to deliver the next episode of our Q-tv series to the tv broadcasting station Offener Kanal in Kassel.
Just visited one of the empty houses at night… only with torch lights. I have the feeling that Gottsbüren will appear in my nightmares with all that strange aura and creepy houses.. they are really like in (horror) movies: many labyrinth like rooms with tons of old stuff shattered and spread chaotically all over. Old photos , cassettes, books, soft toyes, furniture, display cabinets filled with glasses , bags full of cloths… dust and spider-webs everywhere, some walls are coming down and there are holes in the floor and in the ceiling.. but it still seems like whoever lived there just left.. soo creepy!!
Anyway, after seeing this, having this experience, I think even more, that things like these deserve to go. They had their time and now its over. Rest in peace.
Q- TV links
space&designstrategies university homepage