If you are suffering from dementia, living in a senior home in Germany will worsen your condition.
If you have nothing to do, nobody to talk to, if everyday life is reduced to waiting for nothing but
death, you will loose the rest of your mind and all your other capabilities for sure.
A few have billions, billions have nothing. A few have a lot more than they ever will need and billions are hardly earning enough money to barely survive. This is obviously sick. But we accept it as if it would be normal.
Poverty destroys lives.
We destroy the earth, only to increase the income of those, who already have more than they can make use off – in any other than an abstract way.
Meanwhile the billions who have nothing, stay poor.
Die Würde des Menschen unantastbar. So sollte es sein. So ist es nicht.
Human dignity is inviolable. Thus it should be. But it isn´t.
Going to an exhibition opening after a day of work at the senior home is a quite spooky experience. After meeting people on the brink of life, mixing with the art crowd makes me question the sense of small talk and lets me doubt about art as a luxury product for the happy few.
Alte Menschen sind das, was wir einmal sein werden, und wir sind jetzt das , was sie mal waren.
Wir sollten diese einfache Wahrheit nicht vergessen.
Old people are, what we will once be. And we are now, what they have been a long time ago. We shouldn´t forget about this simple truth.
Ein Mensch, der Schluckstörungen hat, bekommt im Heim jeden Tag passierte Kost. Jeden Tag dasselbe: Kartoffelbrei,( hellgelb), Fleisch (bräunlich), Gemüse (matschgrün). Es ginge auch anders. Das würde aber mehr Zeit und Mühe bedeuten.
Persons with swallowing disorder get every day the same pureed food at the home I am working in: mashed potatoes,(light yellow), vegetables (mud green), meat (brownish). This could also be done differently. But that would take more time and effort.
Meine Begegnungen mit Menschen in existenziellen Grenzbereichen hinterlassen bei mir regelmäßig einen höheren Eindruck als Kunst, die vor allem damit beschäftigt ist, Kunst zu sein.
My encounters with refugees, who are subjected to the mercy of German authorities, or aged people feeling feeble and desperate, regularly and constantly impress me more than art trying to be art.
Aber die Wirklichkeit ist anders.
But the reality is different.
If I had invented a figure like Trump, it would have been lousy fiction.
In the beginning he was a funny monster for me,
now I know that that this guy is simply and absolutely horrible.
I can´t even stand to read his tweets, they are just too disgusting and tiring.
Art doesn´t change the world.
Art doesn´t help the suffering.
Art is a luxury for the educated and the well to do.
Art is the only manmade product that can compete
with the joyful moments the obsevation of nature
can trigger in our minds and hearts.
Creating art shouldn´t be a routine activity.
Art can be the most individual form
Art can provoke, it can inspire and enlighten,
it can move ones heart and mind.
Art can form a bridge from human to human.