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Lecture by Alexander Koch
If the modern revolutions stood up for the freedom and equality of all people, one issue is still constantly on the table today: How can free and equal people act together to become a society in which everyone who wishes so can have their fair share and join the creation of a democratic collectivity?
In response to this challenge, thousands of citizens have carried out a new, grass-route-grown cultural policy over the past 30 years: The New Patrons Protocol. Inspired by this model of action, people from all walks of life have commissioned ambitious projects to express their interests, to take ownership over their local issues and to reshape their social situations. In the common effort to establish a culture based on the needs, conflicts and visions of various populations, they collaborated on their own terms with architects and musicians, theatre makers and visual artists, scientists and organizations of all kind, creating over 500 projects in 15 countries.
Alexander Koch, co-founder of the New Patrons in Germany, will resume some of the most surprising projects from the past and discuss the current developments and challenges of this growing movement.