Auszeichnung
künstlerischer Projekträume
und -initiativen

oqbo

raum für bild wort und ton

2008
Brunnenstraße
63
Berlin
13355

What’s love gonna do with it, Geschichte \ Erinnerung \ Öffentlicher Raum, 2020

Außer vielleicht eine Konstellation, Hommage à Giandomenico Tiepolo, 2020

Seraphina Lenz, Skizze und Salon, 2012, Lesekonzert D. Seel, R. Scheffler, A.Töpfer, Foto: K. Zimmermann

Answering this question seems to be the most difficult and an endless process for me because I have to ruminate on the past decade or so in which I have gone through Berlin as a female artist, a Korean artist, the founder and chief of an Asian contemporary art platform, and a mother. Since the very beginning, I have been interested in seeking a kind of universal identity, spanning the various backgrounds of ­Berlin-based contemporary artists in order to examine the question of identity as it is often perceived from the outside: according to gender, nationality, and cultural milieu. So I have created a space where the dichotomous logics about those issues could be discussed, proceeding with many projects. Above all, I had dreamt of creating a self-supporting space, based on an independent profit model. Recognizing limitations in workforce, culture, and the market of the art scene, however, I have experienced some moments of great suffering. But what has ­enabled me to endure those moments of suffering was not money but people, so that I would answer sincerely that a project space no longer means a physical space for me. It is a non-physical space, comprising people like artists, users and agents, or sometimes a network.Zum Erhalt von Kultur allgemein ist wichtig, sie aus dem ökonomischen Primat zu lösen; dafür stehen alle nicht kommerziellen Projekträume als selbstbestimmte Orte von experimentellen ­Fragestellungen, Versuchen, neuen ästhetischen Formulierungen, Untersuchungen sozialer Realitäten … und es wäre noch viel wichtiger, diese Szene insgesamt in ihrer Vielfalt zu erhalten, als vereinzelte Räume „auszuzeichnen“.I wish that politicians would ­realize how important funding structures are and how much these can shape an art scene – shape a city.