Folke Köbberling
& Martin Kaltwasser

Public space is under siege: pressure to consume, growing control and more and more traffic are threatening to change the picture of our cities dramatically. The couple Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser have been elaborating their idea of an artistic and architectonical aesthetics of resistance against this take-over since 1998.

They confront consumerist ideologies with alternatives: structural intervention, artistic statements, actions and theories. In doing so, the artists make use of streets, squares, bridges, parks and interiors as operational spaces. And the material they use is always obtained from urban resources: things that have been thrown away, garbage, donated things.

Between January and March 2009 Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser were MeetFactory residents through the Goethe-Institut Prague. In collaboration with autonomous Prague biking organizations they presented their project White Trash. A wooden replica of a fancy upper class SUV, before being installed in the streets of Berlin, was shown in Prague in a new arrangement: penetrated by a concrete pile.


© Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser


Residents at the MeetFactory

January to February 2009