Crisis and the City: Berlin’s “Durchmischung” Misnomer

Crisis and the City: Berlin’s “Durchmischung” Misnomer

Site-specific installation

This project is a multimodal inquiry into community activism, loss of commons, and the use of public space in large cities. More specifically, the project examines the present housing crisis in-, and draws parallels between, the cities of Berlin, Detroit, and New York. Similar to many other localities that recently turned into a hotbed of controversial investment strategies in the housing market, the cities in focus are experiencing a steady rise in property prices and the plight of the low-income residents. The documentation features video, audio, stills, and a variety of crowd-sourced materials brought together as a unique record of experience; a database aimed at alternative forms of engagement and participation strategies. While taking into account that a great number of residents affected by these upheavals are foreign-born, the project attempts to show that present disputes go beyond the question of migration and/or notions of cultural diversity; the situation displays a growing incompatibility between capitalism and democracy and raises grave concerns regarding class, urban policy, merits of citizenship and the right to the city.

 

Berlin, 2012/2013

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