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 27. June 2015
Today many villagers came and brought breakfast for us, in return to yesterdays big table. The “lecker dorfwirt” Restaurant (new name of our main point) came to live again, as we all had breakfast and shared nice company. Over the day more and more visitors came also from Kassel to see our exhibition called 2. Centenniale Gottsbüren (exhibition every 100 years). We also appeared in 3 different newspapers, additionally to our everyday TV show.
Today also was the final presentation day for all of us 30 students and we got graded for the whole project and semester. Woohoo!
The big pallet table was modified into a stage for upcoming events like “eure vision song contest”. But for the most of us, this is the last day.. looking back on a week full of adventure, building, learning to cope with so many things, creating an infrastructure out of basically nothing and making ourselves a home..
So what else is there to do than to party? Where you might ask? – in the transvestite dorf disco!! Inside full of fairy lights and a funky music mix of old pixie songs, dance and more oldies. Outside a cosy fireplace under the stars. A party till the sunrise…
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