Tenants and artists represent the housing question

With the exhibition in the house of the cultures in the world, it becomes clear that the capitalist exploitation force represents the big obstacle for alternative residential models

The Turkish tea maker with the sticker of Kreuzberger district initiative Kotti CO. Guide to the inventory of the protest gececondo, which the tenants have built in May 2012 at the Kottbuser Tor. Now the tea maker is found in the house of the cultures of the world. There was in the context of the exhibition "Question", The on 22.Open October, the protest hatbing.

Tenants and artists represent the housing question

Open 22.10.2015, Exhibition View: Kotti Co + Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, Retrofit Gecekondu. Photo: Laura Fiorio

"The HKW gave us the possibility of looking with the architect Teddy Cruz and the scientist Fonna Forman from San Diego an answer to the question of living. Very fast we agreed that the question of living is never only a room / architectural, but always a political and an economic question", explains Sandy Kaltenborn of Kotti Co opuber Telepolis.

As part of the exhibition, the temporary hat will not only be seen in the HKW. From 6. till 8. November she will be built next to the protest hat on the Kottbuer Gate. There will also be the 50-minute movie installation "Rent eating soul" to see from Angelika Levi, in which the history of social housing in Kreuzberg is processed.

Assemble, dividing, 2015, 1: 1 model. Photo: Jens Liebe / House of the World Cultures

Even the seniors of the silent strain, which made in 2012 with the occupation of their respondent threatened meeting place in Pankow for attention, are cooperation partners of the exhibition. Together with you, the London architecture Buro Assemble developed the installation dividing apartment. So a residential complex has arisen, which housed on the ground floor collectively used communal space and workshops. The other floors are reserved for private space in the residents.

"The design allows a common and at the same time self-determined living of people of all ages and thus represents a counter-draft to the isolated residential investments ", Stresses one of the architects.

Cable combat if the capitalist exploitation force is dropped

In the objection address, the director of the HKW Bernd Scherer named the factors that hamper the dissemination of such human friendly alternatives. "Apartments are not only built to live in it, but to create money and speculate with the growing prices and rents", he named a situation that today experiences tenants with little income.

Tenants and artists represent the housing question

Lara AlmarceGui, Construction Materials, Spanish Pavilion Venice Biennale, 2013. Photo: Ugo Carmeni

In the exhibition, examples of different parts of the world are shown how apartments can be built for the general public if the capitalist exploitation force is returned. This shows the documentary "Hauser for the masses" As in Portugal after the Nelkenrevolution 1974 the tenant and district movement hall became part of a general publicity. Here it becomes clear, with what enthusiasm, people who had been marginalized for decades, the individual and social liberation took into their own hands.

The artiststrio Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Florian Zeyfang and Alexander Schmoer documents the history of housing in Cuba since the revolution. The focus is on the microbrigades consisting of workers, which set up their own apartments with material from the government and besides municipal buildings such as schools and hospitals. In the film, however, the problems are named, which were created by the lack of raw materials after the end of the nominal societist camp, but also the dirigistic policy of the Cuban government.

Tenants and artists represent the housing question

Florian Zeyfang; Lisa Schmidt – Colinet; Alexander Schmoeger, Microbrigadas – Variations of a Story, 2013. Filmstill

People want to decide at the base and do not be patronized, says a Cuban architect in the movie. They do not want to subject to seemingly objective market laws. This is a realization that gains from the highly interesting exhibition. It is noteworthy that already in the iing title, but also in the texts the relationship between the problems for the rents and capitalism is made. Friedrich Engels font "To question" Sounds in the title.

Co-op interior, Hannes Meyer, 1926. Copyright: Galerie Berinson, Berlin

The director of the HKW appeals to the boundaries, which has an apartment policy for many people in capitalism. This aspect is therefore particularly worthy, because many people who relate positively to the current tenant movement do not establish the relationship with capitalism.

This was the evening of the exhibition displacement in the presentation of the book "The kotti" by Jorg Albrecht Im "PostPostModern Buro for Communication Westgermany" clear. In the author who also in the past with the tenant initiative Kotti Co cooperated, the word capitalism did not occur.

Rental bins are researching their story about their history

Shots in Berlin is the exhibition "Fighting hat" gone. There were former home surgery, today’s rental trees and scientists with the over 150-year history of the Berlin tenant movement. To the flower straws against a compulsory space in 1872 was remembered as well as the tenant rate explored by the historian Simon Lengemann, which under the motto "Only the food, then the rent" In the final phase of the Weimar Republic the rental payments short to can survive overlength.

In the exhibition, however, it was also clear that even on the younger history of tenant movement is little known today. Thus, documents of the end of the 1960s informed active tenant movement in the West Berlin district and on the equally forgotten share, the migrants and migrants had the West Berlin’s home-wedding movement of the 80s. It is definitely a sign of self-confidence of the current tenant movement, if it cooperates with artists and made up of their story.

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