New Patrons

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The New Patrons
of Züsedom

The New Patrons of Eberswalde

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

More than the sum of its homes

Patrons*innen: Lucie von Arnim, Bärbel Bettak, Martina Epperlein, Michael Epperlein, Philipp Forejt, Stefan Hinz, Herbert Krüger, Torsten Loock, Christopher Neumann, Gerlind Neumann, Frauke Ohls, Jürgen Ohls, Christine Rohde, René Thom, Eckbert Warnke,

Mediators*in: Holger Friese,

Artists: Jakub Szczesny,

Cooperation Partners and Sponsors: Federal Cultural Foundation,

Duration: 2020 –

The New Patrons of Züsedom want to prove that despite long distances their village can be more than the sum of its houses and apartments. Together with artist, designer and architect Jakub Szczesny they want to bring community life out of the houses and into the streets and create new meeting points.

The plots of land are large in this village of 260 inhabitants and the distances are long for more and more elderly citizens. Far too seldom do people come into conversation with each other. Commuting to work and shopping in the next town has long been part of everyday life for the younger generation. The more mobile and busy everyone is outside today, the less people meet each other.

The patrons with a Züsedom map

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Long distances in Züsedom

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Long distances in Züsedom

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Meeting of the New Patrons group

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Just as the kitchen in the rural hallway kitchen house has always been the centre of life, a pavilion is now to become the kitchen of Züsedom - the place where people meet, celebrate or eat together in an informal atmosphere. What everyone has been doing individually in the houses and apartments up to now should become possible in community: From cooking together to exchanging recipes or spontaneous encounters between generations.

The original idea of the commission - to have new benches on the long paths to rest and chat - together with the pavilion fits into a big picture that encompasses the whole village. It is not about the nostalgic image of the bench in front of the house, but about the design of new common areas for talking and resting. They invite the elderly to take a break, thus shortening the distances, but are also intended to encourage those who would not yet sit on a bench in public today to stay.

Signing the commission

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Signing the commission

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Signing the commission

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The Commission

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We want to bring village life from our houses out into the streets. With a pavilion as kitchen and meeting room the village will get a new centre. Innovative village furniture on the paths leading to it will create new occasions for social interaction.

Jakub Szczesny introduces first ideas to the group

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The group is discussing Jakub Szczesnys ideas

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The group is discussing Jakub Szczesnys ideas – and likes them

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In Jakub Szczesny (born 1973 in Warsaw) the group has found a suitable artist for this commission, who designs and implements projects at the interface of design, architecture and art worldwide. He is an enthusiastic storyteller and is interested in the situations and circumstances of people - both as individuals and in social groups. His installations, temporary objects and interventions in public spaces always aim to improve the conditions surrounding them. He is co-founder of the Warsaw design collective Centrala and Synchronicity architecture festival while running his own interdisciplinary studio SZCZ.

Züsedom is looking for a design for an integrative village furniture. In this way Züsedom wants to find answers to questions that many villages in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are facing: How do we want to design our common space? What wishes and needs are there for living together in the village? Which activities connect us?

the old school building has been empty for 20 years now

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The New Patrons of Züsedom invite Jakub Szczesny to jointly approach question of how a village can create new community space in an innovative and creative way. After first site visits the artist has presented first ideas to the group. Now its all about the details to follow up with a proper and presentable draft. The kitchen-living room pavilion for everyone, the village bench of tomorrow, is to be a model of what is possible when you think big while keeping an eye on the small.

Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

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