Kunst im öffentlichen Raum GmbH constantly reconsiders the changing relationship between art, society, and urban space. It sees its task in presenting artistic positions that explore the current situation of the city, its inhabitants, and its spaces. Supporting the development of new works of art, it strives to make an active contribution to the shaping of urban life.
The potential of art lies in the concatenation of different forms of perception, thinking, experimental setup, and aesthetic experience. Art is capable of bringing forth forms and modes of appropriation with which it responds to, helps to mold, and temporarily transforms specific places and situations in the city. This is how it can encourage a new perception of the city as well as a different way of acting and experiencing one’s everyday life.
The cultural scientist has curated several major exhibition projects in Hamburg, including from 2008 to 2011 as director of the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. After the exhibition Demonstrationen. Vom Werden normativer Ordnungen, 2012 at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, she initiated the project Illness as Metaphor in 2014. The Mad in the Garden of Species at various locations in Hamburg. Peters has also published several articles on the subject of art in public space. As a visiting professor, she taught at the Kunstakademie Münster, among other places.
In 1992, together with Hans Hemmert, Axel Lieber and Thomas Schmidt, he founded the artist group inges idee, which works as an artistic collective in public space. The group works as an artistic collective in public space, where the aim is to develop a feeling for the possibilities and peculiarities of a place and to fathom what a concrete intervention can achieve. In order to understand a place properly, it is necessary to examine its spatial, social and historical conditions. Art in public space can shift a given context in order to open the view to other aspects of reality. The usual course of public life is interrupted for a moment and the viewer is given the opportunity to reflect on what he or she is unexpectedly confronted with. This can happen immediately, and does not necessarily have to be theoretical. This immediacy of experience is a democratic experience that inges idee tries to set in motion.