Finding European Dreams - A Project

The art and society project EUROPEAN VISIONS researches the essence of humans. To do this, people are interviewed across all of our 27 EU countries using the EUROPEAN VISIONS-questionnaire.

The questionnaire provides information on the sense of beauty of our EU citizens and their most important experiences. From the answers arise paintings and videos that were created with the help of the questionnaire by these people of different backgrounds! Are you curious? Take part too – it’s worth it!

Robert Menasse and Andrea Cochius

A traveling exhibition across Europe unites our society about their visions and their individual sense of beauty – created by people from different social backgrounds from all EU member states!

Stations of the traveling exhibition will be cities and municipalities – national and European – and the European Parliament in Brussels.

Award-winning author Robert Menasse also supports the project. He wrote the European novel “The Capital” and was awarded the German Book Prize.

EUROPEAN VISIONS received the KWW grant from the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Foundation.

All EU citizens are invited to participate in the search for beauty!


Andrea Cochius (Artist and initiator)

Take part!

Contribute with your positive visions to the development of a society that gives hope for a more beautiful Europe!

If you register as the first representative of your profession➡️, you will receive a hand-signed art print of your work as a thank you! The 8 questions are answered quickly and you don’t have to be an art expert. But be careful! It gets intense and requires reflection. You can participate anonymously. Your answered questionnaire will be part of the exhibition, subject to your approval.

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EUROPEAN VISIONS can serve as a bridge to other worlds of imagination. And all people who believe in a Europe of togetherness and not of the against each other.

In a Europe where racism, discrimination and exclusion have no chance!

The painting resulting from your answers as well as the video will (with your express consent) be part of the traveling exhibition EUROPEAN VISIONS.

EUROPEAN VISIONS painting: “Robert Menasse, writer,”, acrylic and oil on canvas, 180×150 cm. To the questionnaire from Robert Menasse➡️

Support this search for beauty by creating your individual EUROPEAN VISIONS painting, which can be shown in the exhibition as your loan!

1.) Please complete the Questionnaire➡️ or make it filled out by the person it’s mend for!

2.) Sign the Form➡️ and send or email both copies to the address given there.

Do you have any questions? E-mail➡️ me, even with your phone number. I’ll call you back immediately!

Why support this project?

EUROPEAN VISIONS painting: “Frank Schwalba-Hoth, politician,🇩🇪” acrylic and oil on canvas, 100×100 cm >> To the questionnaire Frank Schwalba-Hoth

  • Because EUROPEAN VISIONS is a project that unites us Europeans. About the sense of beauty and our individual and most significant experiences.

  • Because with EUROPEAN VISIONS an understanding of different perspectives is created and thus the idea of ​​tolerance, human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law is carried out.

About the initiator and artist

"I dream of a society that has visions. That is sensitive, dreamy and reflected. I wish for a society that sees beauty."

ANDREA COCHIUS

Andrea Cochius is a trained stone sculptor, project manager, a studied artist (Kunsthochschule Kassel) and has a completed teacher training in the subjects art and German.

Her artistic work covers a wide range and has already taken her to the remotest parts of the earth. So she collected on the streets of India life stories of chance encounters, which she gave a face on the sketchbook (“Bio-graphical Short Stories”). Her work as an art and culture blogger brought her an official invitation to the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited many times, including in Berlin, Miami and Basel; her illustrations are published in poetry books.

Furthermore, Andrea Cochius is involved in the association “Arbeit an Europa” and supports the work of the Europe-Engaged u. a. as a video documentary.

Andrea Cochius is a member of the GEDOK (Gemeinschaft der Künstlerinnen und Kunstförderer) and the BBK (Bund Bildender Künstler).

To the background

From postman to architect to politician. What does the Czech construction worker dream of? And what about the German one? Which is the Spanish architect’s favourite artist? And what visions does a Greek philosopher have about our society? The answered questionnaires are the basis of a playful and imaginative study of what we “Europeans” find to be beautiful. EUROPEAN VISIONS makes the basic needs and cultural characteristics of our society visible.

In each of the 27 EU countries, representatives of the professions most frequently carried out in each country are interviewed. 27 questionnaires are converted into a painting.

It is not the artist who determines the picture elements (color, art style, picture motif), but the person interviewed by the questionnaire. The free choice of picture elements makes it possible to see which styles still fascinate people most throughout the history of art. Also, the nature of the person being questioned is symbolized, as their inner / individual is shown by the choice of picture elements.

Since time immemorial, people are longing for beauty and trying to “bring beauty into the world and into their lives” (Birgit Recki: “Apology of Beauty in a Pragmatic Perspective”). And by no means in a superficial sense. Even for Plato beauty is not to be considered in isolation, but only in connection with the good, the morally excellent, and the truth.

Ultimately, there is a lack of beauty in this world in a comprehensive sense that also includes ethical and political dimensions. The experience of beauty can contribute significantly to a fairer and better society. (See Konrad Paul Ließmann, “Beauty”)

The questionnaire, which the participants answer in advance, examines the subject of beauty on several levels:

The Formal Beauty within Visual Arts: Each participant is the creator of his image and vision. You can decisively influence the artistic style of the resulting painting.

The beautiful experience (description of personal experiences): The questionnaire asks you to reflect on experiences that are of real importance in your life.

The beautiful society (description of positive visions for a European society): The questionnaire encourages you to think about a worthwhile future of European society.

For a long time, the idea of ​​a united Europe was just a bold dream of visionaries. A dream that is taking shape more and more over the last few years.

The merger of the European countries ensured a peaceful and progressive cooperation and proves that a united Europe is greater than the sum of its parts.

But on this bright idea spreads a dark shadow: The anti-European and prejudiced populism, which wants to defame and destroy the idea of ​​Europe.

We want to keep the European dream alive. Very practical with political concepts such as “area of ​​freedom, security and justice” or answers to questions, e.g. How we can strengthen European identity while taking cultural diversity into account. The prerequisite for any good answer is that we open our hearts and develop visions!

And here you are asked: Your answers to the questionnaire will create an art project that will help to keep alive the European dream and to ensure that it can continue to be realized: EUROPEAN VISIONS – Humans behind Europe.

"This concept for developing positive visions starts from the individual and in the next step refers to the environment and society. In this way, the abstract construct Europe becomes something immediately tangible and experienceable. Because Europe is not only a question of the mind, but also a question of the heart!"

ANDREA COCHIUS

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Questions and answers

Thanks for your interest. Contact us by mail at acochius@gmail.com and we are happy to talk about times, extent, duration and other details.

Thanks for your interest. We are already working on a “European Visions” school kit. Leave a note to acochius@gmail.com and we will let you know when it is ready.

Thanks for your interest. For interviews, background information and pictures please contact acochius@gmail.com.

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