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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

In the second of three event clusters, SOFT SOIL takes a longer view on current developments. The situation caused by COVID-19 brings fundamental repercussions for the city. Unequal access to 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 racist police controls 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, discrimination, and isolation? 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?

The 3rd event block for this series will take place from 27–29 November 2020.

Friday, 14 August 2020
Online event

Welcome and introduction (de*)
Two short lectures & discussion (de*)
»Policing of Black lives and the conditions of abolitionist resistances« by Vanessa E. Thompson
»Function follows form: When the dream of equality is dreamt out«  by Orhan Esen

Saturday, 15 August 2020
Please register at: softsoil_ngbk[at] until 10 August     

Workshop »Right to the City – Space for All« (de*) with Initiative Hermannplatz (local grassroots organisation) Topics: Narratives held by civil society, plurality, difference, space
Meeting point: Kartoffelpufferstand, corner Hasenheide & Hermannplatz, 10967 Berlin     

Input »Racist police controls before and after COVID-19« (fr/de*) with Corasol (Initiative against racism and for solidarity with refugees) Topics: Everyday racism, access to public and semi-private spaces
nGbK, Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin     

Input »Ban Racial Profiling!« (de*/fr) with KOP Berlin (Campaign for victims of racist police violence) Topics: Institutional racism, strategies for support and practical forms of solidarity
nGbK, Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin     

Concluding discussion (de*/fr)

(no registration required)
Video Program »Space Ideologies« with D'EST (Ulrike Gerhardt & Daria Iuriichuk)
Autoscooter, Haus der Statistik, Karl-Marx-Allee 1, 10178 Berlin
Video works and film excerpts by Anna Engelhardt, A.S.S. Collective (Mizu Sugai & Jonathan Jung), Senka Domanović, Ruthia Jenrbekova & Flo Kasearu
Followed by a discussion with A.S.S. Collective (de*)

Sunday, 16 August 2020, 14:00–17:00
(no registration required)
Kieztour »Oh-Straße! How To Sell Your City: A Guided Tour« (de*) with Anonyme Anwohnende
Meeting point in front of Kisch & Co,  Oranienstraße 25, 10999 Berlin

* Whisper translation available upon request until 5 August, please specify language: softsoil_ngbk[at]


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



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