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Creating closeness through culture in difficult times

At New Patrons we are always close. In many places, we accompany the direct dialogue between citizens and artists who shape the future of villages, quarters and communities in joint projects. During the Corona crisis, however, this civic work is slowing down. Meetings are cancelled. Our mediators cannot travel to the projects. Artists stay at home for the time being. The virus forces us to avoid our most important workplace at the moment: The public space. But our work continues.

We are not losing our enthusiasm. Now new solutions, formats and ways are needed and we are working on many steps at once. We advertise for the financing of the projects. We plan with architects and structural engineers. We discuss the projects of citizens with administration and politics. And there is now more room for in-depth research, which is an important part of our method.

Above all, however, we see our responsibility in the coming weeks and months as being in places where culture is particularly important. While cinemas, museums or theatres have to remain closed, we will connect our projects even more closely – also with digital tools. We want to strengthen the exchange between civic groups. We are making our contribution to promoting cohesion in villages and towns. When public life is slowing down, the discussion of cultural concerns and projects is particularly important in order to keep an eye on future perspectives. Now more than ever, we need a sense of community and responsibility for our society. Our clients are shining examples of this. We will actively support them in the coming period.

We will remain in regular contact. You will hear from us! Write to us or give us a call if something is close to your heart. We are here.

Your New Patrons Team


Was Ihr wollt! Die Neuen Auftraggeber: Ermächtigungsfantasien? Petitionen, Liquid Democracy, Neue Auftraggeber


According to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute on the COVID-19 virus, the event has unfortunately been cancelled. We will inform you promptly about a possible new date for the event. You can find detailed information about the refund modalities of already purchased tickets HERE.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7pm@Grüner Salon/ Volksbühne Berlin Panel discussion, in German

With Alexander Koch, Director Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber Christopher Lauer, publicist and former member of the Berlin House of Representatives Paula Peters, Chief Global Officer Europe at Host: Pia Rauschenberger, journalist (Deutschlandfunk Kultur, amongst others)

From online petitions, a democracy festival in the Olympic Stadium, demands for liquid democracy, and civil disobedience in climate policy to bottom-up processes in Neue Auftraggeber projects, participation models currently being discussed have one thing in common: they conceive civil society participation beyond traditional representative-democratic processes.

Is this part of the oft-cited “crisis of democracy,” a symptom of lost trust in existing political institutions? Or, on the contrary, an assertive update to democracy as an expression of a contemporary, lively parliament of the many? And more importantly: are these effective instruments in the analogue and digital toolbox of civic engagement? What can we actually achieve with such tools? At the end of the parliamentary day, do they remain nothing more than fantasies of empowerment, politically ineffective feel-good clicktivism?

This evening will be dedicated to answering these questions. It will interrogate the ambivalences in current forms of collective self-empowerment. What is there to the concept of initiative democracy, which opposes being-represented to self-representation? Who speaks for who? Who is (or isn’t) part of the conversation? How does power figure in with this? And what is art’s role?

Further info and tickets Photo: Tadashi Kawamata, Mémoire en demeure, 2003-2006, Saint-Thélo, France © Les Nouveaux Commanditaires

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Kindly supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Federal Agency for Civic Education.


Was Ihr wollt! Die Neuen Auftraggeber: Neue Bauherrschaften - Öffentliche Architektur im Bürgerinnenauftrag

Dienstag, den 14. Januar 2020 um 19:00 Uhr

In Kooperation mit ARCH+

„Architektur ist das Ordnen von sozialen Beziehungen durch Gebautes“, so der Philosoph Christian Posthofen. Und also ist Architektur auch ein sozialer Kampfplatz: Wem gehört und wer nutzt das Gebaute? Wer plant es, wer braucht es – und wozu? Und das öffentliche Bauen? Wer entscheidet über das Programm, die Finanzierung, die Gestaltung, wenn neue Schulen und Rathäuser, Straßen und Plätze entstehen? Wem gehört die Stadt, wem das Dorf? Das Gespräch an diesem Abend will neue Perspektiven und progressive Beispiele einer neuen öffentlichen Architektur im Bürgerinnenauftrag aufzeigen. In Kooperation mit der Architekturzeitschrift ARCH+ sollen Projekte und Debatten aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart Wege aufzeigen, wie neue Bauherrschaften aus allen Teilen der Gesellschaft das öffentliche Bauen zu ihrer Sache machen können, um soziale Beziehungen neu zu gestalten.

Diskussionsrunde in deutscher Sprache mit u.a. Christoph Schäfer, Künstler, Stadtplaner, Planbude Alexander Koch, Direktor Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber Anh-Linh Ngo, Herausgeber / Editor-in-chief ARCH+Hier gibt es mehr Info und Tickets. Foto: Simon Patterson, La maison forestière, 2011, Ors, France © Les Nouveaux Commanditaires Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa und der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

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