Office for Art in Public Space 

KiöR Specialist Commission

The specialist commission for art in public space submits proposals for participants in invited competitions. The Office for Art in Public Space is the executive office of this commission and forwards the proposals to the competition organisers.

Their task is to sift through the portfolios received from  artists and to develop proposals for invited competitions. In addition, the members of the specialist commission are members of the advisory boards for art in public space in the Berlin districts. Thus, the commission also assumes a curatorial role for art in public space in Berlin.

Prerequisites for participation in the specialist commission are a proven focus and concrete experience in the field of art in public space.

Those interested in working in the bbk berlin's specialist commission for art in public space should contact the Office for Art in Public Space or stand for election directly at the bbk berlin's general meeting.

Currently elected members:
Seraphina Lenz, Speaker of the Commission
Gisela Genthner, Erik Göngrich, Monika Goetz, Sven Kalden, Seraphina Lenz, Henrik Mayer, Patricia Pisani, Manaf Halbouni, Martin Binder (Guest)

Office of the commission:

Büro für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum im Kulturwerk des bbk berlin GmbH
Köthener Straße 44, 10963 Berlin
tel 030 230899-30

office hours:

by telephone agreement

Stadtplan - Google-Maps (external link)

Master student at the Berlin University of the Arts. 1983 Caribbean Scholarship, Dominican Republic. 1985 Art in Construction, Franziskus Hospital Berlin. 1989 Working scholarship, Senate for Cultural Affairs Berlin. Grants from the Berlin Senate for exhibitions in New Zealand. 1993/94 Art in construction competition: 2 gables in Berlin-Hellersdorf. Art under construction: Städt. Paracelsus Clinic, Marl. 2000 International Scholarship. Artist in Residence, Otago Dunedin, New Zealand. Champs Magnétiques 2000, International Artist Symposium in Gehren /Brandenburg. 2002 Art in buildings: Guidance and orientation system, Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Berlin. Numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Purchases in public collections.

Gisela Genthner

Born in Würzburg in 1968. Studied Fine Arts in Kassel, then spent several years in the USA. Since 2006 she lives and works in Berlin. The main focus of her work is on site-dependent installations, both indoors and outdoors. She has realized national and international public art and art in architecture projects, most recently for the 122 Community Center in NYC.


Monika Goetz

Lives and works in Berlin and abroad since 1988. Studied Master of Art at the Academy of fine Arts, Berlin, Germany (1992-97). Dipl.Ing. Interior-Architecture at the Fachhochschule Rosenheim, Germany (1986-91). In addition to discourse on the image of the city and artistic intervention in the public sphere, he uses photographs and drawings to negotiate current and future relevant urban policy issues. In installations, guided tours and objects, his work reflects the use and transformation of public space. The found sculptural and social aspects of public space become the starting point of a process of several years, often collaborative, with the aim of developing a site-specific intervention.


Erik Göngrich

Born 1969, lives in Berlin, works in the field of sculpture and art-installation as well as public art. Studied fine art /sculpture at the KHB-Weißensee. 1998 diploma, 1999 master student, 2010-20 assistant professor in the department for visual arts at the Brandenburg University of Technology. Various teaching assignments and jury work.

Sven Kalden

Born 1963, studied sculpture at the Academy of Art in Münster with Reiner Ruthenbeck. Since 2001 she has been working with urban space. In her artistic practice, she focuses on processes of change and questions of participation. Between 2003 and 2014 she realized the Werkstatt für Veränderung, a design concept for the Carl-Weder-Park in Berlin Neukölln. In 2008 she founded the gallery oqbo in Berlin together with six other artists.

Seraphina Lenz

Born 1971, lives and works in Berlin, studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, numerous participatory projects e.g. in Europe, USA, Japan, Australia and Mexico, solo exhibitions e.g. Kasseler Kunstverein, Kunstverein Schwerin. Member of the project group REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT. In their worldwide projects they work with different partners. Contemporary art has the role of reflecting on social life and contributing to change.

Henrik Mayer

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives and works in Germany since 1990, 1978-83 studied sculpture at the Academia de Bellas Artes P. Pueyrredon, Buenos Aires, Argentina, diploma as art teacher, 1990-93 Completed postgraduate studies at the Stuttgart Art Academy. Lectureships at the University of the Arts, Berlin and at the Academy of Art in Berlin-Weißensee. Lecturer for design principles at institutes for multimedia design, Member of the organization „Endmoraine, artists from Berlin and Brandenburg“, Member of the commission for art in public space of the bbk berlin, Member of the German Association of Artists.,

Patricia Pisani

Manaf Halbouni

The examination of public space and environmental issues is a central theme running through Martin Binder's interdisciplinary studies in art-in-context at the UdK Berlin and industrial design at the Free University of Bolzano. Since 2023, he is part of the bbk berlin's expert commission Art in Public Space. Binder works with a wide variety of analog and digital media. In doing so, he combines manual with mechanized production techniques and uses innovative materials. His works have been on display at HKW, Futurium, ZK/U, and ACUD in Berlin, among others.