We hear about it, we see the scars it makes on our back, we suffer the increasing prices it causes. But what exactly is gentrification? How can a single word redesign neighborhoods and distort the most characteristic streets of each city by churning them without any difference?
Last Saturday, a demonstration of nearly 40,000 people protested in the streets of Berlin. People were shouting: “Let’s expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co”, one of the largest real estate companies with an estimated assets of 110,000 housing units in the German capital. The problem is that expropriating – in theory possible for public utility by virtue of the art. 15 of the Constitution – it would cost the community between 14 and 36 billion euros. And the city of Berlin alone already has a very heavy debt of 56 billion euros.
What can we do then? Should we succumb or react against it?
The story of SHIFTING SCENES starts on Sunday, April 14th at 4:30 pm at the 4bid Gallery: a festival of experimental documentaries and a space for discussion (with free entry with donation) to get a sense for some of the chaotic reality that surrounds us.
For the first edition, SHIFTING SCENES presents Urban Conflicts, the tale of gentrification still going on in Rome, Lisbon and Amsterdam.
On this occasion, we will screen and discuss:
The Houses we were:
Few walls surround us. Uncertain ground, immeasurable fissures. A multitude of archives within us. Among emperors and insolents, slum dwellers and speculators, communists, priests and popes, women at war and gray cruel cities march to their own step in an archival, polyphonic and entangled demonstration into the arms of the charitable Low-Income Housing Institute, or into its brimming absence. A journey through archive material to tell the story of the impossible transformations of Rome’s suburbs between 1948 and 2018. It weaves multiple voices, from official newsreels to militant cinema, into a political discourse on Italian past and present.
You’ll soon be here:
The film was shot during the Stadslab masterclass on City-Making & Tourism Gentrification supervised by Igor Marko and Marc Glaudemans. A collaboration between Stadslab and Italian director Fabio Petronilli, You’ll Soon be Here shows the intricate stories of residents and visitors of Mouraria, the historical Moorish district of Lisbon, now under severe stress of tourism and gentrification.
I’m a tool of gentrification
“I am a tool of gentrification” is an experimental documentary series in which Lyubov Matyunina aims to explore complex shifts in the gentrification process. What is the role of the artist in this process? How we can make use of the current situation and turn it into a positive development for the arts and artists?