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The Good Life

Better times are dawning © Thomas Behling

Better times are dawning © Thomas Behling

Utopias for eye, ear, nose, mind

We invite you in our rooms to a journey of Good Sustainable Living with addressing the eyes, hands, body, ears and nose. The exhibition follows the exhibition“Transformation” and the many criticisms we have repeatedly made of the unsustainable life of society. It shows a vision, a positive utopia with object, image, audio, installation and video.

Exhibit May 5 – June 16, 2023, Fridays and Tuesdays 5-8 p.m., events starting at 7 p.m.

Şehnaz Layıkel Prange:

What does “The Good Life” mean in our world today? The title itself contains in itself that we are looking for something different. This is followed by the questions: Is “The Good Life” an imaginary utopia or is it a realistic possibility? Is the consideration of this term alone sufficient? How do notions of a “Good Life” relate to their attempts at implementation? Is “The Good Life” Really One “Good Life”
or should we speak of a good life in the plural? Perhaps these are the questions that resonate with our great need, on multiple levels, in this time of turbulence and existential angst.

“The Good Life” is a group exhibition based on six artistic positions:
Tom Albrecht, Thomas Behling, Lioba von den Driesch, Mariel Gottwick, Stephan Groß, Maria Korporal.

In this exhibition, each artist interprets the concept of “good life” from a different perspective. Referring to different contents of a “Good Life”, ranging from feelings to ecology, the artists* simultaneously propose and question individual and collective solutions. In other words, they challenge existing trends and existing methods of healing, while at the same time proposing new ways of perceiving and dealing with problems in today’s world.

Through its multimedia nature, the exhibition appeals to all the senses. One encounters playful interventions as well as solution-oriented proposals in various forms, such as object, image, audio, installation and video.

In the context of the exhibition, various events will take place in which experts and the artists will discuss the topic from different perspectives together with the guests and work on it in a workshop.


Fr. 5.5., 7 p.m. Vernissage with welcome, introduction to the exhibition and artistic positions of Şehnaz Layıkel Prange.

Tues. 9.5. 5-8 p.m. Thomas Behling will be present.

Fr. 12.5. 7 p.m. Artists talk: Artists of the exhibition talk with guests about their works. Moderation Şehnaz Layıkel Prange.

Thomas Behling will be present starting at 5 p.m.

Tues. 16.5. 5-8 p.m. Mariel Gottwick will be in attendance.

Fr. 19.5. 5-8 p.m. Lioba von den Driesch will be present.

Workshop for result: Workshop for artists and exhibition organizers

Result: Workshop for artists and exhibition makers “Sustainability as a theme for works and exhibitions

Tues. 23.5., 7 p.m. Workshop for artists and exhibition makers “Sustainability as a theme for works and exhibitions”, moderated by Tom Albrecht

Here: transcript of the results

Tom Albrecht will be present starting at 5 p.m.

Fr. 5/26 Reading: “Climate Futures 2050” by Robin Bergauf and Burkhard Wetekam.

The authors question the utopian aspects of climate futures. What vision can a computer develop, what promise lies in building artificial self-sufficient countries in the ocean?

At the end of April, the anthology “Klimazukünfte 2050” (Climate futures 2050), which emerged from the literary competition of the same name, was presented at the Leipzig Book Fair. We are pleased to present the book in cooperation with Hirnkost-Verlag as part of our exhibition.

Burkhard Wetekam

Burkhard Wetekam

Klaus Farin and Stephan Groß will be the moderators.
Stephan Groß will be present from 5 pm.

Book: Climate Fuels

Book: Climate Fuels

Robin Uphill

Robin Uphill

Tues. 30.5. 5-8 p.m. Stephan Groß will be present.

Fr. 2.6., 7 p.m. Lecture with discussion: Scientists for Future, Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Michael Rapp, Uni Potsdam “The good life for you and the planet”.

Climate crisis: what are the options for individual and collective resilience? How can a good life be designed for you and the planet in the future? The consequences of the climate crisis are becoming more and more visible. In addition to the consequences for the environment and biodiversity, the climate crisis will have health consequences for all of us. The mental and physical health of many people will be affected. Michael Rapp presents scientific findings on these questions in a generally understandable way and thus wants to initiate an open discussion on the topic.

Tom Albrecht will be present starting at 5 p.m.

Tues. 6.6. 5-8 p.m. Maria Korporal will be present.

Fr. 9.6. 5-8 p.m. Lioba von den Driesch will be present.

Fr. 16.6., 7 p.m. Finissage with music performance by Kopi Kaputa: “Zu guter Letzt” (Last but not least)
Tom Albrecht will be present starting at 5 p.m.

Tom Albrecht: The Good Life

I describe the subject in keywords as a factual picture. Much is consensus among experts and policymakers. Our vision is global.


Democracy has citizens’ councils, citizens’ initiatives. People vote for democratic parties.

People pay cash and digitally.

The Western lifestyle respects planetary boundaries.

The work serves more self-made, repaired, forces less to earn money

People have time for work and care work in the non-formal system such as family, relationship.

People cultivate time and relationship wealth.

Self-help is promoted through education, craft is upgraded compared to study

Medicine focuses on quality of life style.

The artists receive a guarantee for their social participation.

The Internet is data-saving and powered by green electricity.


The forest is rebuilt, rich in species, suitable for the climate. Forestry serves the CO₂ sink. The extracted wood stores CO₂ in buildings.

Agriculture is grandchild-friendly, builds soil life and nutrient humus, CO₂ is stored in the soil.

The bogs are wetted again.

One eats organic, whole foods, high fiber, vegetarian or vegan. Meat eaters eat only Sunday roast. Leftover food is “saved”.

The built-up landscape is unsealed.

The arable land is withdrawn from speculation as a livelihood.

Species extinction has stopped. The species are preserved.

The garden is rich in species, has meadow instead of lawn, serves the self-sufficiency.

The country is upgraded compared to the city.

The streams are renaturalized

Rainwater is infiltrated instead of drained, stored and reused.

Wastewater is separated from rainwater, its heat is recovered.

The toilet, where possible, is a composting toilet. Recyclable materials in sewage sludge are recycled.

The gray water and its heat from the shower and kitchen are recycled and reused.


The world economy is economically selective de globalized. (Hartmut Rosa)

Degrowth or post-growth has been expanded in Germany to include the perspective of climate-friendly global growth.

The Supply Chain Act shows transparency from source to consumer.

The goods are durable, repairable, modernizable, shared with community.

The waste is avoided, recyclables are kept in the circle, packaging is avoided.

Fewer fashion and status items are consumed. Clothing is more durable, recyclable or reusable.

The energy turnaround is complete. The sources are renewable instead of fossil and nuclear, more decentralized. Consumption is more economical. The race against time “to become climate neutral”, is won.

The traffic happens on foot, by bike, by public transport. Motor vehicles are shared.

Traveling pays attention to resource consumption. Flying is done with green fuel. Cruising has ended or is regenerative, avoiding waste in the process.

Urban mining supplies raw materials instead of importing them.

CO₂ is saved in construction, and wood as a building material is a CO₂ reservoir. The building stock is being modernized in a climate-friendly way instead of being demolished.

The buildings are zero or low energy houses, have solar panels on roofs, facades. Solar panels are located along highways, in fields above fields.

Housing is happening on less land.

The city is climate-friendly, green, roofs and facades are greened.

Urban trees are diversified, site and climate appropriate, have canopy closure

The lighting is done with LED, where you are or it is socially necessary.

The light pollution of the sky has ended, all stars are visible again.


Prosperity for the whole world. Can growth be climate-friendly?

Newspaper: Learn to enjoy yourself!

Book: Vivian Dittmar. Real Prosperity. Why investing in inner wealth pays off.

60th exhibition

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