The Art Project
Protestonaut (lat.: protestari – publicly testify, gr.: -nautes – sailor) is an art project intending to draw attention to important socio-political challenges through photos and texts.

The concept: Astronauts are explorers and they have to deal with a lot of tasks. In space they float above the problems of the blue planet. Anybody can be in that Protestonaut costume: the shop assistant, the cashier, the local politican, the student, the manager, the workless, the teacher, the person of independent means – even you.

The wall calendar that was created by the project is a kick-off presentation in a printed form that is intended to provide food for thought and stimulate discussion. Although the choice of the subjects, motives and sources of information evaluate, maximum objectivity was maintained and the texts refer to studies and literature.

The Protestonaut Calendar 2018

Titelblatt Protestonaut-Kalender 2018 zum Thema Kinderschutz und Kinderrechte

„Man is only fully human when he plays.“ Friedrich Schiller

Protestonaut (Latin: protestari – publicly testify; Greek: – nautēs – sailor) is a journalistic art project that uses photos and short texts to draw attention to major societal challenges. This time the focus is on child protection and children’s rights.

Around 700 million children worldwide have no childhood worthy of the name. Instead of being able to learn and develop without a care, they are confronted with poverty, hunger, violence and physical exploitation. More than a quarter of a century ago, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted and ratified by almost all states. However, there is still a lack of legal implementation on an international level.

Also in Germany, children’s rights have not yet been included in the German Basic Law. Although children are mentioned in Article 6 of the Basic Law, their interests only play a secondary role. The inclusion of children’s rights in the Basic Law is a long overdue signal that stengthens child protection and the right of children to a non-violent upbringing. Overall, this would hold the state and society more accountable when it comes to fulfilling their responsibility for child-friendly living conditions and equal development opportunities for all children.

Regarding the figure of the Protestonaut: Astronauts are explorers who have to rise to numerous challenges. In space, they have an exceptional view of the earth as they float above the problems of the blue planet. Anyone could be inside that Protestonaut suit: a shop assistant, a student, a manager, an IT specialist, a teacher – or you.

As a keynote speech in printed form, the intention of the Protestonaut calendar is to stimulate discussion. Attention was paid to the greatest possible objectivity in its creation: Data, facts and figures are taken from studies and specialist literature.

Enjoy debating and have a good year in 2018
The Protestonaut

January: Child poverty
February: Right to day-care place
March: Right to free time
April: Healthy diet
May: Flight
June: Bullying
July: Inclusion
August: Child labour
September: Right to education
October: Social media
November: Violence against children
December: Right to both parents

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The Protestonaut Calendar 2017 (For Greek version please see below.)


To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.
(Oscar Wilde)

About ten years have passed since the outbreak of the global financial and banking crisis. Hoping to be able to resolve the resulting upheavals in the globally networked financial and economic system, many countries have opted for a policy that takes different names: Euphemistically, it is known as „savings policy“, neutrally as „cost-cutting policy“ or „austerity policy“and by many of those affected as „impoverishment policy „. Countries with austerity policies massively reduce government spending, increase taxes and duties and sell off state property to predominantly private investors.

No other country in Europe has as much experience with austerity as Greece. The Protestonaut went there to get to know and document effects and developments. After all these years of deprivation it has emerged that austerity has not saved Greece. And it has long since stopped being just about Greece. It’s about the future of Europe. Because austerity acts as an accelerator on the drifting apart of the European states.

January: Nationalism / Εθνικισμός
February: Closed shop / Κλείσιμο καταστημάτων
March: Solidarity / αλληλεγγύη
April: Building ruins / Οικοδομικά ερείπια
May: Industrial production / Βιομηχανική παραγωγή
June: Health care / Υπηρεσίες υγείας
July: Tourism / Τουρισμός
August: Rural exodus / Εγκατάλειψη της υπαίθρου
September: Schools and kindergartens / Σχολεία και νηπιαγωγεία
October: Forced privatisation / Αναγκαστική εκποίηση δημόσιας περιουσίας
November: Suicide rate / Ποσοστό αυτοκτονιών
December: Self-organisation / Αυτοοργάνωση

Το Protestonaut Δύο χιλιάδες δεκαεπτά Ημερολόγιο

Το να προτείνει κανείς σε φτωχούς ανθρώπους να κάνουν οικονομία, μου φαίνεται τόσο γελοίο, όσο και προσβλητικό. Είναι σαν να προτείνεις σε έναν πεινασμένο, να τρώει λιγότερο. (Oscar Wilde)

Το Protestonaut (λατ.: protestari – μαρτυρώ δημόσια, ελλ. : -nautēs – ναύτης) είναι ένα δημοσιογραφικό, καλλιτεχνικό εγχείρημα, που επιδιώκει, με χρήση φωτογραφιών και σύντομων κειμένων, να στρέψει το ενδιαφέρον σε σημαντικές κοινωνικές προκλήσεις.

Πέρασαν σχεδόν δέκα χρόνια από τότε που ξέσπασε η παγκόσμια χρηματοοικονομική και τραπεζική κρίση. Με την ελπίδα, να επιλύσουν τα προβλήματα που προέκυψαν λόγω της κρίσης στο παγκόσμιο χρηματοοικονομικό και τραπεζικό σύστημα, πολλά κράτη ακολούθησαν μια πολιτική που χαρακτηρίζεται από διαφορετικά ονόματα: ωραιοποιημένα, αναφέρεται σαν πολιτική «εξοικονόμησης», ουδέτερα, ως πολιτική «περικοπών» ή πολιτική «λιτότητας» και από πολλούς, που υφίστανται τα αποτελέσματα αυτής πολιτικής, ως πολιτική «εξαθλίωσης». Κράτη με πολιτική λιτότητας μειώνουν δραστικά τις δημόσιες δαπάνες, αυξάνουν του φόρους και τις εισφορές και εκποιούν την δημόσια περιουσία, κατά το πλείστον σε ιδιώτες επενδυτές.

Κανένα άλλο κράτος της Ευρώπης δεν έχει τόσες εμπειρίες με την πολιτική λιτότητας όπως η Ελλάδα. Το Protestonaut επισκέφθηκε τη χώρα, με την πρόθεση να γνωρίσει και να καταγράψει τις επιπτώσεις αυτής της πολιτικής. Μετά από όλα αυτά τα χρόνια των στερήσεων διαφαίνεται ότι: η πολιτική λιτότητας δεν έσωσε την Ελλάδα. Και προ πολλού η υπόθεση δεν αφορά μόνο την Ελλάδα. Έχει να κάνει με το μέλλον της Ευρώπης. Και αυτό επειδή η πολιτική λιτότητας δρα ως επιταχυντής στις μεταξύ των ευρωπαϊκών κρατών τριβές.

Το ημερολόγιο του Protestonaut, επιδιώκει, ως έντυπη προωθητική δράση, να συμβάλλει με ερεθίσματα στην δημόσια συζήτηση. Συντάχθηκε με την μεγαλύτερη δυνατή αντικειμενικότητα: Αριθμοί, στοιχεία και γεγονότα προέρχονται από μελέτες και ειδικές εκδόσεις.

Γεια την μορφή του Protestonaut: Οι αστροναύτες είναι εξερευνητές και πρέπει να είναι σε θέση να αντιμετωπίζουν πολλές προκλήσεις. Στο διάστημα έχουν την δυνατότητα να βλέπουν μ έναν ιδιαίτερο τρόπο την γη και αιωρούνται πάνω σε προβλήματα του μπλε πλανήτη. Στη στολή του Protestonaut θα μπορούσε να βρίσκεται ο καθένας: η πωλήτρια, ο φοιτητής, η διευθύντρια, ο ειδικός στην πληροφορική, η δασκάλα ή εσύ.

Ευχάριστες συζητήσεις και μια καλή χρονιά 2017 σας εύχεται
Το Protestonaut.

Υστερόγραφο: Το Protestonaut βίωσε την Ελλάδα σαν μια θαυμάσια χώρα, με εγκάρδιους ανθρώπους, με ένα φυσικό περιβάλλον που σου κόβει την ανάσα και με εξαιρετική κουζίνα.

The Protestonaut Calendar 2016
There was a trend towards tabloid topics in the media. Banalities and rumours were blocking the perception of the key issues: That is what it said in the last edition of the Protestonaut calendar. Has anything changed since then? Thanks to extensive coverage, media consumers in Germany now know how the Queen of England lives in private. Opinions differ regarding the relevance of this information. Especially in Germany, where democracy has proven itself and the monarchy with its nobility and titles was abolished in 1918. Is it important to know how much the watch of the Russian government spokesman cost? Numerous media were of this opinion, and reported on it accordingly. And as long as a candidate who falls at the first hurdle in a TV quiz show is news, the world seems to be in perfect order. Is that the case?

Why, for example, are hundreds of thousands of people in Africa currently leaving their families behind and subjecting themselves to the life-threatening ordeal of fleeing to Europe? Why have the majority of Greek citizens voted against the implementation of austerity measures in a democratic election? Why has there nevertheless been another austerity package, whose two predecessors are associated by many people in Greece with unemployment, pension cuts, the elimination of healthcare and mass impoverishment? Anyone looking for answers to these questions and more in the media will have a hard time, must do some serious research and often gather information from multiple sources.

The past year was exciting for the Protestonaut in many ways. Last year’s edition of the calendar received a great deal of positive feedback. There was even a motivating letter from the Office of the Federal President. The project has also been shown at exhibitions in Berlin, Hamburg and Heidelberg and nominated in various competitions.


January: Digital Transformation
February: Pensions
March: Addiction
April: Refugees welcome
Bonus: T-Shirt Design against youth unemployment
May: Skilled Workers
June: Tax Evasion
July: Drinking Water
August: Overfishing
September: Gentrification
October: Wage Gap
November: To be or not to be
December: Animal Welfare

The art project Protestonaut could be seen in three exhibitions in Berlin, Hamburg and in Heidelberg in 2015.

The T-Shirt
On the one hand, millions of qualified and highly motivated job seekers, and on the other, companies looking for skilled workers: On Labour Day on 1 May, the Protestonaut brought out a T-shirt which brings both groups together.

The purpose of the T-shirt is to provide a positive stimulus, to help companies searching for skilled worker, to support the unemployed in finding a job and to express solidarity with the unemployed. And because it is a transnational challenge, the message is also international.

The design can be downloaded free of charge and used for non-commercial purposes – for example, to print your own T-shirt.


About Us


Sophia Hauk
Kids, stars or fashion models: whomever, stands in front of Sophia’s lens, always shine. Amongst her clients are well-known companies, agencies and magazines. She lives and works as a freelance photographer in Hamburg and Berlin.

Alexander Hauk
Who are the candidates for the next election? What are the issues that count? Which campaigns are getting the most attention? The Bundestag elections are as exciting for Alex as the Bundesliga is for the average German. The diploma political scientist works as a spokesman.

Contact: Sophia Hauk // Dresdener Str. 36 // 10179 Berlin // Germany // t: +49 171 7260007
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