attraktive grundstücke für trauminvestitionen
Attraktive Grudstücke für Trauminvestitionen // Attractive lots for dream investments www.trauminvestitionen.de
audio walk, 2 billboards in the subway station, 9 flags in public space August-September 2021
The project takes on the previous research on the substantial privatization of municipally owned real estate that took place in Berlin between 1989 and the late 2010s, uncvering its consequences.
The audio walk leads to nine buildings and properties that used to be public and were sold in the area of Berlin Wedding and tells their stories. The recordings feature the voices of municipal officials, urban development experts, and local residents. They discuss the various reasons for the sales (privatization of social welfare facilities, merging of municipal housing associations, sales of land due to administrative reforms and the Berlin banking scandal etc.) and present alternative strategies for dealing with municipally owned land to avoid speculation.
During the exhibition flags marked the stops of the audio walk inside the city, proclaiming the prices for which the lots had been sold. Aditionally, at Franz-Neumann-Platz subway station, parts of the research was presented on billboards, accompanied by activistic slogans. One poster reading “Grrrrrund und Boden sind keine Ware” (land is not a commodity) advocated voting to expropriate and communize large private housing companies in Berlin’s upcoming referendum on the issue.
shown in the exhibition “As above, no below”, Kunst im Untergrund, nGbK Berlin, 2021.
published in: As Above so below. Sasha Amaya, Clara Brinkmann, Philine Puffer, Florine Schüschke, Juli Sikorska, ed.: Lorena Juan, Isabelle Meiffert, Berlin 2022
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