• And Millions and Millions

      Böhm, Kathrin (2004)
      "And Millions and Millions" is a large-scale collage-installation that is manipulated and created by the participating gallery audience; by fixing sheets of paper with recurring geometric designs to the walls of the gallery. The work sets out to explore how an abstract visual language that derives from painting and ideas from site-specific work can be used to facilitate and demonstrate the ad hoc appropriation of a given physical space. The work questions the idea of art works in museums and galleries being static objects, and places the audience in the position of producer. By challenging the idea of solo authorship, technical skill, formal originality and inviting the viewer to add further elements to the installation, the work relates to theories explored in Nicolas Bourriaud’s books “Post-Production” and “Relational Aesthetics”. The material (printed paper) and facilities to do this are an integral part of the installation. The work is intended to proliferate into chaos over the duration of the exhibition and is never resolved.
    • If you can't find it, give us a ring - public works

      Böhm, Kathrin (Ixia, 2006)
      The publication deals with the collaborators interest in, art, architecture and collective practice; which is the basis of their socially engaged work within communities. The book focuses upon their process of making, shaping and ‘letting go’ of public spaces. The publication features an interview between Kathrin Böhm, artist and Andreas Lang, architect of Public Works, and Prof John Butler and Janet Hodgson from the University of Central England, Birmingham. It also includes an essay “Working with Uncertainty Towards a Real Public Space” by Doina Petrescu, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. “If you can’t find it…” is one of three books commissioned by IXIA (the others feature Lucy Orta and Richard Woods) which address new thinking in public art. The text articulates (and the drawings make visible) the different spatial aspects involved in “Public Works” collaborative and participatory art/architecture practice. The focus of the publication is upon the project “Park Products” at the Serpentine, as a case study. The question was how to best document a dynamic, process-based social process, without relying upon textual narrative alone. The text and images included in the publication present the maps and drawings, which the group deployed for Park Products. This offers the reader a unique and primarily visual insight into the way Public Works go about planning, engaging communities and then realising a project within a public space.
    • Park Products

      Böhm, Kathrin (2004)
      A series of collaboratively produced products using resources from Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park London presented in a mobile market stall and exchanged for small tasks to be done around the park. Working from positions of art and architecture, the project set out to design a new prototype for cultural exchange within public space by asking the following questions: What cultural, social and material resources are associated with the Serpentine Gallery? Can the production of cultural products and services find sustenance through non-monetary communication-based exchange? Strategies included collaborations with product designers on the design and production of artefacts made from material supplied by the Royal Park ground staff. This led to relationships and negotiations with involved institutions on issues of intellectual copyright, project evaluation and project legacy. The project engaged the public through principals of informal economics; resulting in the exchange of park-labour for products plus discussions on art/architecture collaboration, cultural production and public participation.
    • The Spatiality of Informal Networks

      Böhm, Kathrin (2006)
      A year-long travelling exhibition; the work consists of a designed meeting space and display system; which was the setting for a series of public workshops, commissioned as part of the British Art Show 06. This meeting/display system provided a structure to display past work and the means to reveal the growing archive as they developed through contribution and use. The project set out to address how collaborative, process based art and architecture practice is accurately represented within institutional art spaces; meanwhile creating opportunities and occasions for artists, architects, curators and planners to meet and discuss related ideas. Once the exhibition display was designed and constructed to reflect the planned programming, the collaborators used it as the setting to facilitate public workshops in each city, for example: “Art and the Corporate Space” at The Baltic, Gateshead - with Karolin Timm Wachter, Curator Internal Cultural Projects, Siemens Arts Programme; Adam Lopardo, Director, Sponsors Club for Arts & Business; and Piers Masterson, Public Art Officer, Sunderland. “Participation in Design”, Bristol Architecture Centre - with Claire Doherty, Director, Situations, University of the West of England; and Lucy Byatt Director, Spike Island.