Kathrin Böhm

I believe that art has a pro-active role in society. My work over the last 20 years has continuously explored a critical engagement with issues that affect us all, while practicing innovative collaborative forms of acting and responding through art.  My projects and research cross over into architecture and economy and challenge polarized relationships between producers and users, between makers and consumers, between art and the everyday.

The main subject in my work is the making and shaping of public space through everyday life practices. The state of our public spaces directly reflects the state of our democracy and a heterogenous public space culture has been in decline for a good two decades, due to general trends of individualization, the dominance of consumerist culture and a retreat into social media and private spheres.

The Magna Carta is intrinsically linked to the politics of territory and access and use of space. Space and territory – whether physical or digital one – is again at the forefront of global and local politics where the individual and personal becomes more and more interwoven with larger systems of making and controlling private and public space.

In this context, the Innovation Lab provocation ‘How much space do you need for your future?’ questions the realities of the spaces we occupy in the here and now, be it a flat, bedroom, place at college, social network and therefore in relation to real estate, the internet and governed or self-managed spaces.