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.
Folke Köbberling deals with the urban environment and its transience as a reflection of general social processes. In spatial and sculptural site-specific interventions, she addresses issues about public space, grassroots participation and self-organization, the market economy, mobility, housing, sustainability, and resource scarcity, all of which have inherent potential for social conflict. As forms of resistance against our appropriation by the excesses of the prevailing neoliberal economic order, individualized automotive transport as a hegemonic leading culture she comments with her artistic means, developing intervention models for urban space, thereby calling into question the conventional handling of urban architecture in a subtle, and often humorous and ephemeral way.
At the Secession she has realised exhibitions with Lara Almarcegui, Pawel Althamer, Nairy Baghramian, Rosa Barba, Cao Fei, Maria Hassabi, Klara Lidén, Renata Lucas, Cinthia Marcelle, Nicole Six and Paul Petritsch, Danh Vo, and Klaus Weber, among others.