The People's Smart Sculpture

The Public Space as

The Public Space as

The is a continuing chain of district-related art and creative (e.g. conceptual and social) interventions as an experimental art, exchange and exhibition practice. Through an open call to cultural activists (artists, cultural and creative activists), a first of 12 tipping points (de: Kipppunkt/ Umkipp-Punkt) is identified and selected by the curator under the use of a public call over social media, public radio and cultural networks for to find it. A tipping point is a real materialistic or abstract cultural or daily-cultural configuration in real space, which is characterized by their fragility and therefore, systemically and cognitive psychologically speaking, bears (as yet unknown) the potential for an early change in the situation in itself. A tipping point may also be a focal point, it is locally often referred to a gap, problem, as an object of cultural, intercultural, societal and social conflict, upcoming contradistinctions or can be interpreted as a special local chance. A focus lies on dimensions that are affected by transformation processes in the city that emerge the disappearance of art and culture in public or cultural disconnectivity.

Selected artists (or groups of artists/creatives) start the artistic confrontation and interpretation with the first tipping point situation. The (online) submitter of the respective tipping point, for example a citizen, a cultural activist, or a social-cultural institution, or a neighborhood association in the district serves as a local knowledge provider for the local context of the tipping point and the art/creative intervention. The curator moderates this process. A public participation workshop is implemented by the M2C and the artists at the local district. This first process should result in a participatory artwork that invites people (e.g. local people) and provides a reflection about the situation or a creative cultural solution for possible cultural/aesthetical problems/chances of the tipping point. The artwork will be exhibited at the place of origin (if it is a materialistic artwork) or will be distributed to be perceivable at the place of origin (e.g. if it is more conceptual) by useful sorts of media (e.g. projection, posters, online, flyer, etc). In any case the whole process will be published to the general public over social media, the project website and an art-blog documentation.

In context of publishing the results and process of the art activity around tipping point 1, another tipping point is to be identified and selected by the curator together with the artist 1 (or groups of artists/creative) as co-curator, again under the use of a public call over social media, public radio and cultural networks for to find tipping point 2. European artists (or groups of artists/creatives) from all project partners will get specifically informed about the art-process at tipping point 1 by the artist 1. Again one artist (artist/artist group or creative activist/group) will be invited. This artist should be proposed by artist 1 and selected by the curatorial team (curator and artist 1) for to work on the tipping point 2. Again the (online) submitter of the respective tipping point, acts as a local knowledge provider. Additional artist 1 acts as an artistic/creative consulter for artist 2. The curator moderates this process. The next steps follow the same procedure then before. The process should result in a participatory chain of artwork that invites people (e.g. local people) and provides a reflection about the situation and the potentials of creative solutions. The project creates an informal knowledge acquisition and exchange for artists/creatives about participatory art practice, integration of local people and creative role changes (artists/creatives as co-curator, knowledge provider, consulter). On local level, the sub-project focus on young artists/creatives with a migrant background in Bremen.

Supporting the collaborative learning process, the project is accompanied by creative and participation workshops through the M2C and the ZIM (Center of Intercultural Management at HSB). The project serves with its inclusion and treatment of local, district-related issues as well as with its participatory approach at the level of the art and at the level of the local residents an attractor for new audiences beyond the traditional art lovers.

Implemented by:


  • Wallerie Bremen
  • Bremer Willkommenskultur
  • Mobile Game Lab, Bremen
  • Sportgarten e.V.
  • Fab Lab Bremen
  • Platform REMEMBERTI
  • Gotham Innovation Greenhouse, New York
  • New York University (NYU)
  • ZZZ – ZwischenZeitZentrale
  • AAA – Autonomes Architektur Atelier
  • Senator for Social Affairs Bremen
  • Regialog – Verein zum Erfassen, Erschließen und Erhalten der historischen Sachkultur im Weser-Ems Gebiet e.V.
  • Integrierte Gesamtschule Syke (public school)
  • Lift Internetcafé Bremen
  • WalleCenter Bremen
  • ZAP Institut Universität Bremen (Institute for Labour and Politics)
  • Weserburg Museum for Modern Art
  • M2C Gallery
  • Wilhelm Wagenfeld Schule Bremen (public school)
  • mark collective
  • Otium e.V.

Duration: 2015-2017
Number of artists/creatives involved: 24
Ends with an exhibition presented in the M2C Gallery or City Gallery Bremen


Post-monochrom, 3 to 4 February 2016. Selfies meet one of the first photography techniques – intervention with the Suisse artists Ursula Scherrer and Flo Kaufmann in a shopping mall in the Walle district in Bremen



  • Implementation of a Salon series
  • Art interventions in public space
  • Location-based art events
  • Social art events
  • Further development of Betaville Client
  • Integration of 22 associated partners

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