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Series of events: SOFT SOIL II/III - Beyond emergency

Friday, 14 August 2020 — Sunday, 16 August 2020

SOFT SOIL II/III - Beyond emergency

Adress:nGbK, Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin
Open: See announcement*
Entry: free
Organized by: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
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SOFT SOIL II/III - Beyond emergency

The situation caused by COVID-19 brings fundamental repercussions for the city. Unequal access to urban spaces and resources is intensified by the crisis, and re-existing mechanisms for exclusion are exacerbated. Ever-shifting legislation throws new questions into sharp relief – including the possibility for community activism in urban contexts. If commercial activities are prioritised in shared urban spaces, or controls (policing, technological, etc.) are intensified, how does this affect the scope for action? How, in light of restrictions, is it possible to maintain and build on solidarity structures against gentrification?

In the second of three event clusters, SOFT SOIL takes a longer view on current developments. Exploitative structures based on migrant labour are the topic of current debates – but what of those who build the city, today and in recent decades? To what extent are current levers set into motion by political and economic interests aligned with processes of privatisation, economisation and financialisation already at work in the 1990s or earlier? Could looking towards the end of state socialism and the system change to capitalism help to better understand such processes? Has neoliberalism changed hearts and minds?


Block II – Beyond emergency will take place online, in physical meetings outside, and if applicable in small groups inside.
Detailed information about the programme will follow soon...


The III. event block for this series takes place from 27-29 November 2020.

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



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