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Series of events: SOFT SOIL I/III - Bestandsaufnahme

Monday, 14 October 2019 — Wednesday, 16 October 2019

SOFT SOIL I/III - Bestandsaufnahme

Adress:nGbK, Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin
Open: Daily 12:00-18:00, Fri 12:00-20:00
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Entry: free
Organized by: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
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SOFT SOIL I/III - Bestandsaufnahme

SOFT SOIL is a discursive format with a mobile platform returning to the nGbK in three ›blocks‹ of events, which take place in-between exhibitions. SOFT SOIL describes the ambivalence of the sandy ground Berlin is built on: both the attrition of urban structures through privatisation and speculation, and the malleability of urban space through everyday practices and resistance. The format addresses colonial continuities, and questions relating to the neoliberal transformation of the city since 1990. Additionally, it critically examines the relationship between space and gender relations. Initiatives, researchers, artists and all interested are invited to enter into exchange through discussions, screenings and workshops — in the spirit of solidarity in practice. What ideals shape the production of so-called public space, and what might »Stadt für alle« (»city for all«) mean?


There's no such thing as a city for all (yet)
The extent of urban displacements and the social urgency of the housing question have reached a new climax. Now more than ever, Berlin's cityscape is characterised by new forms of resistance and alliances. Slogans such as »Stadt für alle« (»A City for All«) und »Wir bleiben alle« (»We're All Staying«) are part of the fight against neoliberal urban developments that exacerbate marginalisation. Public space is, however, from the outset marked by mechanisms of exclusion. Colonial continuities are present in urban structures, in official processes of memorialisation, but also through racial profiling. PoC (People of Colour) and people with migrant backgrounds have for some time called for urban struggles and the »Right to the City« to be considered from an anticolonial perspective, fundamentally questioning who exactly the »Stadt für alle« is for, and to what extent pre-existing power relations limit activist work. At the same time, networks are forming that seek to overcome capitalist segregation in urban space through solidarity in practice. They produce new forms of urban knowledge and claim their own in-between spaces, whether as a temporary expression of being together, or in the form of permanent structures. Accompanying all this is the question of how art might position itself to work against the »artwashing« of gentrification.

Friday, 14 Februar 2020

19:00 Lecture »Racism on the housing market and the question of ›Stadt für alle‹« by Emsal Kılıç
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Saturday, 15 Februar 2020

14:00 Workshops (run concurrently)
»Who the fuck is Pears? Oder: Wem gehört eigentlich mein Haus?« with the Kollektiv Syndikat
»Rassismus und Ausschluss in Alltagsstrukturen« with Corasol and Solidarity City Berlin
»Stadt für alle – Lause für Alle!« with Lause Lebt e.V.
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19:00 Film Program »Menschen im Experiment«
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Sunday, 16 Februar 2020

16:00–19:00 Open discussion »Self-organised spaces in the neoliberal city«
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The event blocks II+III for this series take place in August and November 2020.

nGbK project group: Jennifer Bennett, Sonja Hornung, Vicky Kiefer, siddhartha lokanandi, Sonya Schönberger



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