Under the motto “Right to the City“ artistic projects examine the relationship between urban policy and civic participation, and ask: Who is the city? Who does it belong to?
»What you see is what you don’t get«
The photos by Stephen Kurr show six snippets of public space shot in Berlin-Hellersdorf or Berlin-Mitte. At first glance they look like personal snapshots but on closer inspection we find messages conveyed by words and images, also in the form of ads, stealing their way into the reality of the respective location. What is the discrepancy between the promise the messages hold in store and the actual circumstances?
»Frag Hellersdorf – Stell Deinem Bezirk Deine Frage!«
The aim of a participatory project devised by the artists’ group mark is to make the voices of Hellersdorf’s residents heard. Their questions to the local administration — on personal, social, current political, and urban issues — were therefore collected over a four-week period. Three selected questions will be published, anonymously, as billboards. The rest of the catalogue of questions can be seen online at askyourtown.de
Felix Pestemer und GloReiche Nachbarschaft
»Shopping Spree«, »Sozial Romantiker«, »Crane Invasion«
The artist Felix Pestemer is part of the Kreuzberg initiative GloReiche Nachbarschaft, which campaigns against how local tenants are being squeezed out of their ’hood. His images derive from conversations with fellow members of the initiative. The most critical issues are the sell-out of the city to international investors, the spiraling rents caused by luxury developments on former vacant lots, and the devastating effect on the local population of ill-considered and pro-business urban planning.
Artists 2018: Mio Okido, Sven Johne (from 27 September), Stephan Kurr, mark, Felix Pestemer & GloReiche Nachbarschaft (from 16 November), Lars Preisser, Katharina Sieverding (from 29 November)