Kathrin Böhm, artist and co-founder of the art and architecture collective Public Works and the international artist group Myvillages, has been commissioned to create a new digital artwork for 1215.today
The work will be realised through a six-month Innovation Lab model involving the artist, four expert creative technologists and a group of creators, makers, gamers and bloggers between the ages of 14–24. On 16 January 2016, participants will take part in an all-day Lab session at the Open Data Institute in Leeds, facilitated by Abhay Adhikari, Digital Identity specialist. The day will take a key provocation from the artist as its starting point.
Böhm’s provocation is:
How much space do you need for your future? And what kind of space will this be?
The main subject in Böhm’s work is the making and shaping of public space through everyday life practices. Böhm says:
I want to ask young people what space/spaces they need and want for their future to raise a debate about who might own, control and allow access to those spaces, and how to create, claim and construct your own spaces.
The question will be introduced in relation to the realities and localities of the spaces that the Innovation Lab participants already occupy and are familiar with – from bedrooms, classrooms and libraries through to shopping centres, public transport and social networks. As such, the question will also invite discussion surrounding ideas relating to real estate, the internet, and governed and self-managed spaces.
The Magna Carta is intrinsically linked to the politics of territory and access and use of space. Space and territory – whether physical or digital – is again at the forefront of global and local politics, where the individual and personal become more and more interwoven with larger systems of making and controlling private and public space.
Böhm has extensive experience working collaboratively with young people on short and long term public space projects, including Spacemakers for the Architecture Centre in Bristol, I am a shop and a shop can be many things with young people with learning difficulties for The Showroom in London, and Rural Hanging Out with students from a secondary school in East Germany. In 2012 she ran Park Products, a year-long informal economy project for the Serpentine Gallery, while one of her current projects, Company Drinks (a community drinks-making enterprise) won the 2014 Create Art Award.
To find out how you can take part in Kathrin Böhm’s first Innovation Lab in Leeds, on Saturday 16 January, click here