Modified Social Benches 1-10

Out of investigating architecture, communication, and social behaviour in the urban space, a series of bench designs was born under the common title Modified Social Benches. The bench designs borrow their basic form from the ubiquitous park or garden bench, but are altered to various degrees to make the act of sitting a conscious physical endeavour. With their modifications, the benches transform their surroundings into places of activity rather than rest and solitude; they foster exchange between the users and the passers-by, thus lending the work a social quality. Due to their alterations, the benches end up somewhere between a dysfunctional object and a functional piece of furniture, and therefore demonstrate the contradiction between artwork and functional object.

Year: 2005
Materials: Powder-coated galvanised steel
Dimensions variable

Sous les Ponts, le Long de la Rivière, Casino Luxembourg, LU, 2005
A Lucky Strike, Kunst findet Stadt, GAK Bremen, DE, 2005
Minimal Overload, Johann König, Berlin, DE, 2005
Præstø Sommerudstilling, Præstø Kunstforening, Præstø, DK, 2006
Sid Ned, Copenhagen, DK, 2006
Illusion, Sculpture Centre, New York, USA, 2007
Fluid Street: Alone, Together, KIASMA, Helsinki, FI, 2008
Wonder, Singapore Biennial, SG, 2008 Sense City, ARoS Kunstmuseum and City of Aarhus, DK, 2009
FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, FR, 2009
backyardoutdoorsculptureseries#5, Johann König, Berlin, D, 2010
Søby Ærø, DK, 2010 partoftheprocess4, Galleria ZERO, Milan, IT, 2011
Wie kommt das Neue in die Welt?, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, DE, 2012
Robert-Jacobsen-Preisträger, Museum Würth, Bad Mergentheim, DE, 2012 Slapstick!, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, DE, 2013
Slapstick! Die Kunst der Komik, LENTOS, Kunstmuseum Linz, AT, 2014
Construire une Collection, Villa Sauber, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, MC, 2015 
The Playground Project - Outdoor, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, DE, 2018

OpenArt, Örebro, SE, 2019

Permanent installation:
FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, FR
Singapore, SGP