Salon Martine van Kampen
This salon was titled “On Initiative and Public”.
We met up at the Skulpturenpark, which is a large vacant space in the middle of the Berlin’s expanding city centre. A collective of artists from the KUNSTrePUBLIK E.V. initiative founded Skulpturenpark in 2006, and have since held a variety of events and exhibitions. In 2009 it was part of the Berlin Biennale 5 and it has been a catalyst for intensive discussions around art in public space. A member of the initiative, Philipp Horst conveyed the challenging and triumphant experiences dealing with the public.
Susanne Prinz followed with the notion that ‘private’ public art is easier to achieve than ‘public’ public art. In addition, she revealed the interesting account of artist Lars Ramberg, who in 2008 built a large sculpture on the Palast der Republik. Founder of the “Kunst am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V.”, Susanne organises public art around Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.
Mariska van den Berg also attended the salon as a special guest from the Netherlands to report about her public art projects. Following the visit to Skulpturenpark, we proceeded to a nearby restaurant to continue the discussion.