Participating artists

Etienne Boulanger (Nancy/France)

“I prefer to seek confrontation with public spaces, as this gives my work its social context. (…) The use of active intervention tools such as infiltration, disruption, alienation and scattering is a vital part of my projects. Reclaiming a location and making a location one’s own seems to be an important statement in our society, and as a consequence my interventions often border on being illegal. However, my work does not make any demands and is not militant. Instead, it is the result of an artist taking a stand in an ever-changing environment that he continually has to adapt to.”

Etienne Boulanger

Etienne Boulanger’s subjects include: modern nomadic existences, the individual’s ability to adapt and fit in, and the rapid upheavals in society. In a way, his interventions are acts of resistance which use flexibility and discretion as their weapons. His work is a form of social art which avoids all moral judgement.

Franz Höfner & Harry Sachs (Berlin/Germany)

In their works, Höfner & Sachs play with social and architectural contrasts and contradictions. They combine sociological investigations into the details of everyday existence with an aesthetic approach in which it is hard to differentiate between the authentic and the cliché where one often can’t tell what is real and what is fake. These two Berlin-based artists have been working together since 1998, and have become known for their often large-scale, unusual and ironic spatial installtions and video projects. Their location-specific works deal with the social and cultural contradictions of the given space in a critical and humourous manner.

Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser (Berlin/Germany)

Folke Köbberling:

Martin Kaltwasser:

Köbberling & Kaltwasser develop intervention models for urban space by using and working with the existing structures and thus questioning the way we look at urban architecture. They investigate concepts for shared living space as well as the urban living and working patterns dictated to us by capitalism.

Matthias Schamp (Bochum/Germany)

Matthias Schamp sees himself as someone who guides our attention to particular elements of our surroundings. In doing so, he leads us to re-examine the way we perceive these surroundings, so that we suddenly discover a new aspect of something we previously assumed was familiar. In his work, Matthias Schamp introduces us to new, unconventional spheres of thought. His projects generally involve the active participation of the ‘audience’, and his central themes can be captured by the following questions: How can unusual forms of artistic practice be concieved and realised in public spaces? What forms of communication are possible with a “spontaneous” audience of passers-by for various contemporary arts formats?

Schumacher & Jonas (Berlin/Germany)

Schumacher & Jonas take a conceptional, context-oriented approach with a focus on societal transformations and trends. Their works in urban public spaces reflect the changes these spaces are undergoing, and the duo’s artistic method generally involves a balancing act between fiction and reality and between political statement and poetic imagination.