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The ground starts to give, the forest gets louder, and soon everything out here will be green again.

Initiatives have been invited, and many indeed want to come. For May already the house is almost booked out. There still are enough free spots in the warm season, though, so gladly pass on the word: We are happy to receive applications from both artists and non-profits for 3-10 day stays.

Our Jour-Fixe was killed by the frost last year. This standstill offered time to beauty operate a bit and to take care of SEBASTIAN, HERWART & XAVIER’s remains (a large oak, a smaller one, and one of the two larches met the knife). For that, Marco and his Wood-Mizer came to visit…

Warm invitation to the Stechlin-Spring-Subbotnik
Friday April 13 (noon) to Sunday April 15 (5pm)

Winter is over. Time to get some dirt under our fingernails, blow into the ground to sprout, be out in air and light. We are looking forward to a great weekend with you, and – whoever feels like it – also to getting some work done together! House and garden are getting their spring cleaning. We will bring back to life our old neighbor Herr Liebchen’s vegetable garden, chop wood, prune trees, and build a fence.
All of this of course includes an orgiastic camp fire!

Feel like joining? Just let us know to reserve a place to sleep.

 

Freed from ice

The Stechlin-Institut was on winterly intermission, also our Jour-Fixe was frozen. Stechlin remained under a Sibirian permafrost. Peter the Great heroically spent months finely grinding the loft.

And now, the final stretch: Just five weeks until the first initiative arrives…

Our local flock of birds is calling out a spring that still plays coy.
More soon!

 

Stechlin-Dialoge 2018: Short term scholarships for non-profit-organizations and artists at the Stechlin-Institut 

The Stechlin-Institut activates the social potential of artistic thinking. It enables experiences in which curiosity, art and society get linked, in order to encourage social commitment with unusual perspectives.
We offer a place without prejudice, a house full of perspectives, to give space to artists and people with initiative, where they can exchange, reflect, and develop in the serenity of nature. The former Prussian mansion of Neuroofen provides the setting for that. It lies 80km north of Berlin, right in the middle of the forest and near the crystal clear Lake Stechlin.
We invite you to spend time here – and can’t wait for great encounters!

When: 2-10 days from April till November 2018

Who: Teams of non-profit organizations and charitable initiatives, social entrepreneurs, people with social commitment; artists and artist groups who deal with the social potential of their work; we can house up to 15 people comfortably; if you are more than that just get in touch, so that we may try coordinating your stay according to your spatial needs. You are welcome to visit both in teams or as individual guests.

Where: At the Stechlin-Institut, north of Berlin in the forests of Brandenburg near Lake Stechlin; reached easily with public transportation; not yet barrier-free.

How: Just get in touch at info@stechlin-institut.org or 033 082 40 29 73.

What: The Stechlin-Institut offers the possibility for a focussed work stay, either individually or with your team. Specifically, we provide you with a place, so that you reach a self-imposed goal. A place for encounters, ideal for dealing with your own questions, recharging your batteries, getting inspired together, hopping into crystal clear lakes, and spending whole nights gazing at the stars.
The spacious house is equipped with a kitchen, bathrooms, beds, wifi, and all kinds of things you may need. There are herbs in the fields, a bakery truck in the village, in the neighboring village there is Frank’s eco farm where you can harvest your veggies yourselves, in the forest there are berries, herbs, and mushrooms, by the lake a fisherman, and for venison a forester.
Additionally to staying here, you will enter an alumni network informing of future support programs and inviting to network meetings.

Our vision: We are convinced of the power of artistic thinking and social commitment. To think outside the box and question supposedly unshakeable matters are a necessity and resource for positive social change. Because of that, we invite you to spend this season together in Stechlin.

Costs: Your contribution to the costs, depending on the duration of your stay and your budget, amounts to 12-17 Euro per person and day. (Watch out: Reservations can only be cancelled up until four weeks ahead of arrival.)

Bring a friend: If you want to come here together with a partner organization, we think that cherishing your exchange is so important that we will lower your contribution by 2 Euro per person per day.

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FAQ


Is there a program?

No. We provide you with a place so that you may reach a self-imposed goal while you’re here. Every participant brings their own creative competence with them. We are convinced: everybody is able to use their time well without expectations and requirements, in an unobtrusive and supportive community and sensitive setting.
Of course there are so many things to do here: from cooking, swimming, hiking, biking, and sailing to gathering berries, herbs, and mushrooms, and chopping wood. This is the foundation for asking you to shape your own stay. The place allows for retreat and encounter – the community offers motivation and perspective.

Are we expected to apply with a collaborative project we want to do with the artist/the initiative who will be there with us?
No. On the contrary. There will be no other request than to arrive. We hope that you can use your stay to work on what you are really excited about in your own work. Artists and initiatives live together in the same house, meet each other during the daily chores and meals, follow their self-imposed schedules, maybe exchange knowledge and inspire each other, but how far this encounter goes absolutely depends on the situation and you.

If we don’t know for sure yet when we could come, is it ok to write to you later on spontaneously?
Yes. Definitely. If there is space when you want to visit, you will be very welcome.

May we also come with more than 15 people?
Yes. If you are more than that, you can camp in the house or, during the summer, in the fields around the house, but you will have to bring sleeping bags and other equipment yourselves.

May we also attend if we are not organized legally?
Yes. Absolutely. What counts is your commitment.

Is the Stechlin-Institut a luxury hotel?
You can see many stars above the Stechlin-Institut. More than anywhere else in Germany. Apart from that, there are three toilets, two showers, many beds and mattresses, and the walls are adorned with naked plaster. You can move your beds freely around the house. Most rooms are spacious and open – this means, there are no single or double rooms. The dining table fits everyone easily, the fireside room overflows with couches, and tiled fireplaces serve to make the house very cozy. Around the house lies a huge field of grass with fruit trees giving shade in the summer.

How is the digital connection?
There is a broadband wifi connection installed in the house, but mobile reception sucks. Calling works in designated areas outside.

Is food supplied as part of the scholarship?
No. But there are local producers all around. The Faradgang initiative from Berlin fixed a bunch of bikes for the Institut which you can use to explore the area and go on food hunts. To the Stechlin eco farmers, fishermen, foresters, supermarkets, bakers, or bee-keepers…

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oblique thinking.mindful acting

The former Prussian mansion of Neuroofen lies 80km north of Berlin, right in the middle of the forest and near the crystal clear Lake Stechlin. It provides the setting for the work of the Stechlin-Institut.
We offer a place without prejudice in which socially engaged people have the freedom to exchange, reflect, and develop in the serenity of nature.
The Stechlin-Institut enables experiences in which curiosity, art and society converge, in order to encourage social commitment with diverse perspectives.

We are convinced of the power of artistic thinking and social commitment. To think outside the box and question supposedly unshakeable matters are a necessity and resource for positive social change.

 


Concept

The former Prussian mansion of Neuroofen lies 80km north of Berlin, right in the middle of the forest and near the crystal clear Lake Stechlin. We aim to make the house a place where initiatives and artists can live and work together. It will be an inclusive environment functioning as a nucleus for social change and fostering every responsible person’s self-care. Socially committed groups and individual activists can use short residencies here to experience genuine exchanges and encounters. As inhabitants of the house, they experience artistic thinking which is what renders the Stechlin-Institut and therefore conveys itself through it. Distanced from their daily lives, the transfer of this mindful way of living together empowers changes in perspective and encourages problem solving skills.

In 2017 and 2018, the house, still in its former raw appearance, will be used by non-profit organizations and artists during the warmer months of the year. The premises will be carefully renovated with regard to barrier-free criteria in the course of 2018 and 2019. Afterward, the institute will be available all year round to host and connect people we trust in sustainably reshaping social reality. What we offer is not a program, but an open ground that can call protagonists to paramount openness. It’s a safe place, sincerely mindful toward oneself and the other, and based on the conviction that people already have what they need.

More about the Stechlin-Institut in the interview with tbd*

Tell us a bit about your project. What is it all about?
The Stechlin-Institut lies in the former Prussian mansion of Neuroofen, 80km north of Berlin, right in the middle of the forest and near the crystal clear Lake Stechlin. We provide non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and artists with the house for short work stays. The Stechlin-Institut is an idealistic project which arose out of great naivety, because we thought that we as artists have to improve this world, that we really do have something to contribute. But in the existing art system, we didn’t see any opportunities to act. We understand the Stechlin-Institut as a hybrid between an art piece taking shape through the participation of the many and a really phantastic place at the disposal of socially engaged people, where they may retreat, unwind, and exchange experiences. Aside from social initiatives we are inviting socially engaged artists to live here. For 3 to 10 days they share space and time. Bringing people together and supporting them in making their ideas come true is important to us. Like Cornelius Castoriadis, we are convinced of the creative imagination of humans as the inexhaustible “source and origin of otherness and perpetual self-alteration of a society.” And this, in fact, does not only concern artists. Artistic or oblique thinking is an emancipatory process. It doesn’t change that which is disturbing – it creates another perspective on it altogether.

You are speaking of fostering social commitment. How can that process be pictured?
The number of socially engaged people in Germany is growing. These people are investing all their resources into the work they’re burning for, overcoming great challenges with their joy and energy. The shaping of society is brought about by their work. At the same time, also the engaged are in need of long-term self care, strengthening, and encouragement in order to not run out of breath. Joana Breidenbach, co-founder of betterplace.org, recently described this very aptly on tbd*. Such a place where people can come into close contact with themselves, with each other, get in touch with artists, and also other initiatives is a wonderful situation to recharge, take care of the self, focus, but also to gain new impulses. The old mansion, surrounded by fields, forests, and lakes is the ideal place for this kind of retreat.

What was your motivation to found the Stechlin-Institut?
We wanted to change our artistic scope of action. Instead of serving the art market by producing objects in the widest sense, we wanted to get socially engaged through our practice. Working on a symbolic level just wasn’t enough for us anymore – simply pointing out and making noise. Our aim with the Stechlin-Institut is to create a place enabling people to really speak with each other, eliciting their very best. Strengthening those who are helping others and reminding them of their capacity to be the authority over what is possible has a huge impact on solving social problems. We wanted to change something, we wanted to do something. With this house we are now able to make our art take effect.

How can social entrepreneurs profit from your offer?
We think there are two basic aspects of how they profit when coming here: On the one hand, there is the retreat, on a personal as well as on a team level, focussed work, being embedded in an amazing part of nature. On the other hand, we find the possibility of dialogue in various constellations very important in order to develop new perspectives.
The Stechlin-Institut can provide for about 15 people. Until October 2017 we can still accomodate a few more reservations. Staying here costs from 12 Euro per person per day. In our view it’s awesome if there is another group joining the first, so then we support that by reducing the price to 10 Euro per person per day. Just get in touch with us for more details!
Most of the teams and artists coming so far are from Berlin. We are happy about first enthusiastic feedback from teams such as betterplace.org, Open Knowledge Foundation, and Impact Hub Berlin.

What were the greatest challenges you were facing when founding the institute, and how did you cope with them?
Most challenging was figuring out how to acquire the mansion now at our disposal. We didn’t have any money to buy it at all, but then we came across the foundation Stiftung Edith Maryon. They extract property from speculative real estate circulation and hand it over to charitable or cultural institutions. Now we can use both house and land for the next 99 years.

What else would you like to share with our community?
We have all had a dream. By now we are not only dreaming anymore, we have started to do something. We move and change the world. We are here, this is our life. Let’s be together, support each other, and exchange our experiences.
The Stechlin-Institut is your place at times when you are in need for a retreat, to be in solitude, to be together – to work on something for a few days and draw strength for coming tasks at a quiet distance.

August 1, 2017

here is the version on tbd*


Place

Retreating and opening up are made possible through the place – the community offers motivation and perspective. This is the foundation on which you are asked to shape your stay with your own initiative.

House

It is an old house staying cool even in hot weather. Every one of its three floors is about 200 squaremeters. At the moment, we are using two of these floors for living. There are enough beds for 15 people. The main floor can be heated, the top floor under the roof (mainly for sleeping) is not insulated yet.
Our wifi connects via broadband, but mobile reception in this area is rather low.
The house is not barrier-free yet.

Rooms

Most rooms are spacious and open – this means, there are no single or double rooms. The dining table fits everyone easily, the fireside room overflows with couches, and tiled fireplaces serve to make the main floor very cozy. There are two showers, three toilets, 15 beds, two fridges and three kitchen sinks. You can move your beds freely around the house.

Surroundings

Around the house lies a huge field of grass with fruit trees giving shade in the summer. Big Lake Stechlin is located perhaps three kilometers through the forest. Lake Roofen in the other direction is also nice for swimming and taking long walks.
There are local producers all around. The Faradgang fixed a bunch of bikes for the Institut which you can use to explore the area and go on food hunts. To the eco farmer, fisherman, forester, supermarkets, bakers, or bee-keepers…

History

The manor of Neu-Roofen was founded by a Prussian family in 1872 who wanted to use their land for agriculture. As a sandy glacial frontal plain, the ground didn’t yield well, so they sold their fields one after the other, and at one point also swapped their house with the forestry department. In the meantime, Neuroofen grew into a small hamlet in the middle of a forest where foresters and lumberjacks were trained. Under the National Socialists, the house was extended, and for a few days in 1945, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht was based here. After the war, the house served as a refugee home before the forestry department returned in the GDR. Some time in between then and now, it also was a summer camp for children, a shop, and a youth club. These different usages and many inhabitants have all left their traces. After this changeful history, the foundation Stiftung Edith Maryon bought the house for the Stechlin-Institut in 2014. When we moved in, we first stripped the house down to its oldest walls. A barrier-free renovation is planned for the coming years.


Dialoge

Stechlin-Dialoge 2018

 

Netzwerk Recherche e.V. is a charitable association founded in 2001 by journalists in order to strengthen journalistic research and quality journalism in Germany.

netzpolitik.org is a platform for digital civil rights. They thematize important questions regarding the internet, society and politics, and show possible ways of becoming a digital civil rights activist with the help of the network. netzpolitik.org is a vehicle to describe how politics alter the internet by regulating it, and how the internet changes politics, publics, and every other aspect of life today.

GreenBuzz Berlin e.V. is an association that supports sustainability on regional and international level through research, education and networking. We build an active community to make the city more sustainable.

Berlinklusion want to impact Berlin’s cultural landscape positively by propelling inclusion and improving access for artists, culture workers, particpants, and audiences with and without handicaps. They also support individuals, museums, galleries, other culture institutions, and groups with knowledge exchange, collaboration and by raising awareness for inclusion and accessibility in the field of art.

<3 of Code ”The Heart of Code’s Improbability Drive made it the most powerful and unpredictable ship in existence. There was nothing it couldn’t do, provided you knew exactly how improbable it was that the thing you wanted it to do would ever happen.” The goal of code curious (rails girls) is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and to build their ideas. We do this by providing a great experience on building things and by making technology more approachable.

The after school club and cultural center MANEGE offers youths and adults manifold possibilities to get involved, exchange, and find meaningful ways of spending their leasure time.

Kleiner 5 In order to reach our goal: <5 at the next parliamentary election, a lot of changes need to take place. Let’s start with good politics: social, aiming at fairness, sustainable, self-confident, and European!

Basics for Feminists* (BFF) – knowledge transfer among women* is a group of women* involved in various vocational and social environments. And they all made the experience of not being taken seriously. This resulted in their idea to initiate Basics for Feminists – originally envisioned as a series of workshops in Berlin. They wanted to give space to each other, exchange knowledge and learn from each other within a safe and open frame.

Podium Esslingen, founded in 2009 by young musicians and their friends, within a few years became an international hotspot of young, future-oriented classical music scene. The PODIUM Festival Esslingen managed to create the vision of a contemporary „community festival“ of classical music by young people for young people by using high artistic quality, new formats, interdisciplinary projects, and unique ways of communication.

Liquid Demogracy is an non-profit organization, working on the development and implementation of innovative concepts for democratic participation. They focus on the potentials of the Internet to create more accessible ways of decision-making.

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a nonprofit organization that advocates open knowledge, open data, transparency, and civil participation. Jugend hackt is a porgram supporting young programmers in the German speaking sphere: along the slogan „making the world a better place by coding“ the participants tinker on prototypes, digital tolls, and concepts for their vision of a better society with the help of voluntary mentors. Every person has the right to free information. With the online platform for information rights FragDenStaat any person can make an inquiry to the authorities.

The grassroots think tank Polis180 translates scientific discoveries for political decision makers. They integrate Ideas, analyses, and solutions of their generation through innovative, participatory, and inclusive approaches into political discourse. They develop real alternatives for a constructive foreign and European policy using thematic programs and new and creative formats.

The Bosch Alumni Network brings together former and current fellows, grantees and staff members of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and its partners. By connecting network members with common interests but different backgrounds, cross-sectoral exchange and international collaborations can be fostered.

The art mediation project “Platz da!“ starts with the question who mediates art. Who usually does that and how does the mediated perspective change if the mediating person is handicapped?

Seki-Projekt offers workshops and trainings for youths in a school context. These serve to prepare or assess open house days, introduce class councils, and organise student projects.

Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society.

No more talking, just doing. This is how the idea for citizen2be started. And in this way, the founder Bettina Schuler started volunteering in 2014, offering yoga classes to women in a refugee home.

Ulf Buermeyer is a judge at the regional court of Berlin and currently also works scientifically at the Berlin constitutional court. He also heads the Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V. (GFF) and is a fellow of the Centre for Internet and Human Rights (CIHR) at the Europa-Universität Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder). Together with the journalist Philip Banse, Buermeyer is responsible for publishing the political podcast „Lage der Nation.“

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. They educate, inspire and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world. Humanity in Action is a non-profit and non-partisan organization.

This was the first subbotnik in 2018 – the Stechlin-Institut received so much support, it was amazing!

…and again the gängsters visited, this time in order to finish working on the Stechlin-bikes. Now the Institut is shining with fifteen complete and functioning bicycles for „moved“ people. Thank you!

The faradgang was the first visitor of the year, this time already in bitter cold minus 20 degrees workshopping the bikes…

 

Stechlin-Dialoge 2017

 

The Prototype Fund supports software developers, hacker and creatives to develop their ideas from the concept to the first demo in the fields civic tech, data literacy, data safety, and software infrastructure.

The team of youvo works both voluntarily and employed by youvo from Berlin, Leipzig, and Hannover and with the support of many motivated volunteers to make more professional support available for social initiatives. They have a website, a blog, and a facebook page that are always up to date to inform about their latest projects, the youvo community as well as future endeavours.

The Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung. are young designers and students of the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and they do experimental design. They think that design should be available for anybody, because it is much more than just making fancy furniture. This is why they offer free counseling in questions of design in both private and public space.

Enpact founded in August 2013 with the aim of strengthening economic relations between young entrepreneurs from the startup scenes of the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Since then, this goal has been successfully implemented with an innovative startup mentoring programme for promising young entrepreneurs.

Basics for Feminists* (BFF) – knowledge transfer among women* is a group of women* involved in various vocational and social environments. And they all made the experience of not being taken seriously. This resulted in their idea to initiate Basics for Feminists – originally envisioned as a series of workshops in Berlin. They wanted to give space to each other, exchange knowledge and learn from each other within a safe and open frame.

The grassroots think tank Polis180 translates scientific discoveries for political decision makers. They integrate Ideas, analyses, and solutions of their generation through innovative, participatory, and inclusive approaches into political discourse. They develop real alternatives for a constructive foreign and European policy using thematic programs and new and creative formats.

The Faradgang is a colourful group of friends who realize projects in Cologne and Berlin. They are engaged in passing on a bit of self-determination, freedom, and quality of life to others with the help of increased mobility. They achieve this goal, for example, through weekly bicycle mending with young refugees.

Rails Girls Berlin organize workshops for women who have never coded and would like to get an insight into web development. The workshops usually take a Saturday, then there are advanced events, self-organized study groups, and an online-community via Slack and Twitter.

Kleiner 5 In order to reach our goal: <5 at the next parliamentary election, a lot of changes need to take place. Let’s start with good politics: social, aiming at fairness, sustainable, self-confident, and European!

Die offene Gesellschaft. Democracy only exists if enough people stand up for her, actively, with consideration, decidedly. The initiative Offene Gesellschaft is a non-partisan civic initiative stepping up for the political commons as it has been formulated in the constitution.

„At the Impact Hub Berlin at the Kreuzberger Mehringplatz founders are only allowed to develop those projects which will change the world for the better.“ Berliner Morgenpost

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a nonprofit organization that advocates open knowledge, open data, transparency, and civil participation. Jugend hackt is a porgram supporting young programmers in the German speaking sphere: along the slogan „making the world a better place by coding“ the participants tinker on prototypes, digital tolls, and concepts for their vision of a better society with the help of voluntary mentors. Every person has the right to free information. With the online platform for information rights FragDenStaat any person can make an inquiry to the authorities.

The team of the RAA Berlin e.V.Medienhof Wedding work in language and education support for students with backgrounds of migration. They also support their multi-media presentations and cooperate with six local schools. Fifty university students from educational subjects support around two hundred students individually in combined language and subject studies in the schools as well as at the Medienhof. One of the focus areas of the project is work with refugees, especially with language classes and after school study classes. There also is a self-organized study group with students helping students.

Betterplace.org. are Germany’s largest online donation platform. They build practical tools to collect donations online. They also support social projects to do online fundraising successfully by providing the technical infrastructure, knowledge, and counseling, and by connecting relief projects with entrepreneurs. Betterplace also takes on the handling of the donations. Furthermore, their lab researches the meeting point between „digital“ and „social,“ meaning the place where the internet can serve the improvement of society.

 

Stechlin-Dialoge 2016

 

Planting trees. The natural reserve Stechlin-Ruppiner Land locates people every year who can take care of old types of fruit trees in order to heighten local biodiversity. This way, we were able to add many new trees to our garden. The trees were planted with the association (Förderverein Stechlin-Institut e.V.) which is now obliged to care for these trees – Boskoop, Schafsnase, Salomé and so on – for the next twenty years.

The Faradgang came in late summer again with their Berlin section for three days. This time they worked on assessing the work and their structure up to now in order to formulate new goals and take a break.

Kreisjugend. The Kreisjugendring Oberhavel e.V. is a local youth work initiative. In 2016, the group was at the Stechlin-Institut to spend a day building a stag beetle cradle, led by the knowledgeable NABU. Oak stems are put deep into the ground, so that it’s just the tip sticking out, and these tips are covered in oak chips. This is where the rare insects get to breed. In the end, everybody was happy and exhausted. Now we have to wait seven years until the first beetle babies come crawling out!

The spring meeting was an occasion to visit the Stechlin-Institut for those who had never been here before. Eating a wonderful fish soup and an even more delicious potato soup, members and newcomers got a chance to mingle.

Our friends from the Faradgang arrived a few days before the spring meeting, and helped with the preparations.

During three subbotniks and with the help of our Hausmeister, the many great helpers managed to rebuild and reinforce the foundation of our shed.

 

Stechlin-Dialoge 2015

 

Roof of the shed and baking bread. Existing buildings in this forest are protected. This means that no new buildings can be built. This is why it was very important for us to improve and secure the roof of our little shed. Acrobatic members of the Förderverein was rewarded with freshly baked bread. This was the first time we used the clay oven.

During their stay, the class Studio Experimentelles Design of Jesko Fezer at the HfbK Hamburg researched this place, and developed different options of cohabitation. A great decision was to take down the hunter’s fence and opening the entire grounds of the Stechlin-Institut.

Graduates and students of the class of Albrecht Schäfer at the Kunsthochschule Weissensee spent one week together with MS peers. This was our first test run for the Stechlin-Dialoge. They all made a beautiful long table and the star gazing platform.

The Faradgang from Berlin was our very first guest, and they brought lots of bikes for the Stechlin-Institut with them. We all fixed them up, laughed, and had an amazing time. Looking back, this first stay became the reason why we wanted to make this a place for socially engaged people.


Magazine

Stechlin-Magazine No1


Endlich haben wir es geschafft! Wir präsentieren mit dem Heft unseren teilweise langjährigen Unterstützern, Begleitern, Beratern, Freunden, Fans, Zweiflern und Weltverbesserern dieses erste Magazin. Wir wollen teilen, wie in den letzten 4 Jahren aus einer überzeugten Idee Wirklichkeit bzw. Lebendiges wurde. Ermüdet vom Kunstsystem, das sich selbst im Kunstmarkt erschöpfte, wollten wir jenseits von quantifizierten Objekten einen Ort schaffen, an dem Begegnung und künstlerisches Denken neue Perspektiven schaffen. An Multipler Sklerose Neuerkrankten wollten wir eine vierwöchige Wohngemeinschaft mit 
Künstler*innen ermöglichen, um sich selbst, andere, neue bzw. eigene Perspektiven auf ein „gesundes“ Leben mit der Krankheit zu finden. Unser Idealismus, unsere Überzeugung und Naivität war die beste Melange für unseren Mut, dieses Projekt anzugehen. Da wir der Auffassung waren, Gesellschaft brauche eine wissenschaftliche Rechtfertigung dieses „künstlerischen“ Ansatzes, wollte Romy promovieren. Eine Reduktion der Idee auf einen Aspekt, der wissenschaftlich zu bearbeiten ist, das Projekt in Axiome zerteilt und in Regeln packt, war Romys freiem Geist schlußendlich zu eng. Wir stellen das damals verfasste Exposé allem voran, da es die zugrunde liegende Idee ziemlich auf den Punkt bringt. Also, wer sich den Spaß, die Mühe machen oder einfach mehr verstehen will, hat beim Lesen seine Chance.
 Wir wollten ganz praktisch was verändern und damit herausfinden, wie viel Offenheit und Freiheit Gesellschaft verträgt und unterstützt. Es ist wichtig, dass man was tut.

Also haben wir den perfekten Ort gefunden. Ein Haus dazu auch. Die Forst Brandenburg hats der Stiftung Edith Maryon verkauft. Wir haben einen Verein und eine gemeinnützige GmbH gegründet, um das Grundstück zu pachten. Vieles hat geklappt und unsere Fehler haben wir natürlich erst im Nachhinein festgestellt, doch wie anders sollten wir lernen. 
Und so wächst das Projekt mit uns und den Menschen. Wir konnten auch 2015 besondere Leute für unseren Ort begeistern und hoffen, mit diesem Heft unsere Freude zu teilen.

Sorry, the first edition is in German only. But it contains lots and lots of pictures. We are currently working on the second edition.

download the PDF here


Team

We are Romy and Stef Richter, initiators of the Stechlin-Institut, and we have been working on a socially engaged art practice since about 7 years. In 2013, together with our fellow enthusiasts we founded the Förderverein Stechlin-Institut e.V.. Since 2015, we are running the Stechlin-Dialoge. From the perspective of self-help, we began connecting people with Multiple Sclerosis and socially engaged artists with each other to achieve a mutual expansion of perspective. Because of the high amount of requests from other non-profit organizations, we decided to open the Stechlin-Dialoge also for other charitable initiatives beyond the scope of MS.

Socially engaged project in public space in Bern, 2016:
www.derhimmelvonbern.ch

Our artistic exhibition practice since 2002:
www.brghrd.de

From 2016-2017, Matthias Lüdemann was our active support and caretaker. Since 2017, Peter Schley is filling this post with great commitment. From 2016-2017, Theresa Kampmeier worked with us on the organizational side.