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Open discussion

Open discussion: »Self-organised Spaces in the Neoliberal City«

Sunday, 16 February 2020, 16:00 – 19:00

Adress:nGbK, Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin
  • German
  • English
  • Whisper translation

Entry: free
Organized by: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
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To participate, please register by February 10.
The afternoon will take place in German and in English. Whisper-translations in other languages upon request. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


moderated by Kunstblock and beyond

›Freiräume‹ (›free spaces‹) tend to be self-organised spaces: from leftist autonomous spaces, to non-commercial and non-institutional art spaces, urban gardens and caravan parks, to clubs and queer-feminist spaces—and include spaces where PoC groups gather and activists representing migrant perspectives meet.

Such free spaces are currently under a great deal of pressure due to urban upgrading and gentrification. Precisely due to their plurality, groups working within and using different types of free spaces in Berlin very rarely come together. Yet it may be necessary to build stronger networks and coalitions in light of the current urban crisis—but also for other reasons, above all due to the rise of rightwing extremism—work that is currently being done by, among others, #keinhausweniger.

What characterises free spaces, and how might those active in them come together? Who feels welcome in which space, and who not? To what extent should free spaces be protected? How might they be defended, secured, or indeed (again) multiplied?

Moderated by Kunstblock and beyond—a group of artists and cultural workers who position themselves against forced urban displacements—this open exchange is about coming together to discuss the question »What are free spaces?« from various perspectives. Working in the sense of a practice of solidarity, lines of communication and mutual understanding might be strengthened, in order to work against neoliberalism’s divisive effects.



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