BALANCE. Reflective-recreational picnic accompanied by the opening of The Eldorado Summer Resort (for passive and active laziness) by Martin Kaltwasser and Folke Köbberling // presented by: Free/Slow University Warsaw 2009 and a-i-r laboratory CSW Ujazdowski Castle

In The Eldorado Summer Resort, created by Berlin artists Martin Kaltwasser and Folke Koebberling, we are going to be elevated 150 cm above the ground owing to special platforms. Plans include active laziness, treatment for workaholics, space of reflection and fun. Martin Kaltwasser, who runs the workshop, is going to share his experience and suggest a series of games and activities for restoring the distorted balance between life and work, stress and fun. He is going to talk about how to self-organise one’s spare time, how to do things for free and how much it really costs.

The works of Martin Kaltwasser and Folke Koebberling pertain to public space as a field of artistic experiments. They merge self-organisation strategies with pro-ecological attitude. For years they have been active participants of Berlin’s artistic life, carrying out dozens of projects outside Germany as well. They apply recycling of materials in accordance with their motto ‘One man's trash is another man's treasure’. Through their activities, they create alternatives to universally accepted lifestyles.

The Eldorado Summer Resort (for passive and active laziness) is a project carried out during creative residence in Warsaw. The artists have planned a new use for the park in front of the Ujazdowski Castle by transforming it into a venue for ‘passive and active laziness’. In the vicinity of the building one can also see the greenhouses where Folke Koebberling brought plants found around CSW. text

Martin Kaltwasser,
Folke Köbberling

Martin Kaltwasser (1965) and Folke Köbberling (1969) since 1998 have been implementing their concept of artistic and architectural aesthetics of resistance. Their work presents alternatives to the consumer ideology - through structural interventions, artistic statements, actions, and theories. Kaltwasser and Köbberling use streets, squares, bridges, parks and interior spaces as their areas of operation. The materials applied by them always consist of “urban resources”—such as litter, trash, and donations. As a result, each work is based on communicative and social moments. Their strategies encourage emulation, distribution, and multiplication, as they can be implemented with very simple materials.

[transl. Łukasz Mojsak]