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Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser, Bicycle freeway junction

Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser, »Bicycle freeway junction«, favored location in Nordhorn, the Reiterbrücke

folke köbberling and martin kaltwasser

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»Bicycle freeway junction«
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Folke Köbberling was born 1969 in Kassel and currently lives in Berlin.
Martin Kaltwasser was born 1965 in Munster and currently lives in Berlin.
Köbberling studied at the University of Fine Arts in Kassel and the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver.
Kaltwasser studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nurnberg and architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

The artists frequently utilise residual materials collected from the waste containers of urban construction sites – or, in other words, the used, worn out or cast away leftovers of the city's ongoing urban redevelopment. They process the remnants of the planning processes into new forms. The artist duo view the city not as a linear development towards a codified ideal condition, but rather as a continual process of change that is shaped by both the participation within it as well as by the passage of time, the coincidental and the provisional. The acquisition of the materials as well as the »occupation« of spaces is a demonstration of their critical participation in urban development processes. For their 2008 sculpture »White Trash«, for example, they built a white SUV (fig.) out of found materials and then parked it on Berliner Strasse, a highly busy street in Berlin. Over time, the effigy of a polluting status symbol became increasingly unattractive and an ever-more accurate reflection of its eponymous name.

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2008 Simultanhalle, Cologne
2008 Café Moskau, Berlin
2005 Villa Hörstel, Gravenhorst
2005 »Hausbau 05 Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt« (»Housing Building Pilot Project Gropiusstadt«), Berlin

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2009 »Come in, Friends, the House is Yours!«, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
2009 »Produktionsstrasse: Autos zu Fahrrädern« (»Production Street: Cars to Bikes«), Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Hamburg
2008 »landwars built«, Te Thui, Auckland, New Zealand
2007 »die stadt von morgen« (»the city of tomorrow«), Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2006 »Industrialtownfuturism«, Kunstverein Wolfsburg
2005 »Fokus Istanbul«, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

Awards and Grants (Selection)
2011 AJ Small Projects Sustainability Prize, London
2009 Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas
2008 Artist in Residence, Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, England
2006 Work Scholarship, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn
2005 Artist in Residence, ORTung, Strobl (Köbberling)
2004 Artist in Residence, AiR-port Scholarship, Graz (Köbberling)

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