... was the slogan, goal and claim of the "Volksb?hne" (German for "People's Theatre") which was founded in the early 1890's in Berlin.
But to introduce my last project in Mannheim before I left to Denmark let my start with telling you that 2007 is 400th City Anniversary of this lovely southern German metropolis.
This anniversary brought 3 Mannheimian women (www.mein-mannheim.de (German only) - I. Krueger, N. Enke, S. Ballhause) to the idea to describe Mannheim through the eyes of its inhabitants. That is, they interviewed and photographed 30 citizens and the 3 women's work was published as a book.
(The book "Mein Mannheim" is published by the "Verlag Edition Quadrat"- ISBN 978-3-923003-94-5, the contents of the displays you can see on the website mein-mannheim.de).
But isn't it a little unsatisfying to show the view of the common people only to those who are willing and can afford a high gloss book?
So the three women came to me with the idea to make an exhibition of their result on a public free accessible place. The City of Mannheim supported the idea and provided a 800 square meter place between the fountains on the central "Alter Messplatz" for a three months exhibition. So I designed heavy weight (to resist the wind) displays and manufactured them in my workshop to install them in a public place for an entrance free exhibition.
This is why "Die Kunst dem Volke" was my singsong during my last project in lovely Mannheim.
Max Longin is a German mathematician living and working in northern Denmark. He designed the float bed in 2004 and the stream chair in 2006. A blow-by-blow presentation of his products can be found on his website at www.max-longin.com. Feel free to contact him.