Photo: Victoria Tomaschko
Welcome to STATISTA. One of many “Pioneer Usages” at the Haus der Statistik, all pointing to bottom-up models of urban statecraft beyond gentrification.
Nine collectives are invited to present their work at the STATISTA conference, September 13-16. Their common ground: unapologetic long term agendas, neighborhood engagement, and a group investment in both artistic production and urban politics.
w/ STATISTA CURATOR Matthias Einhoff, Nina Peters, ambassador of the Werkstatt, Chor der Statistik
ZK/U Resident in conversation with Alex Head, Chris Peck, Tim Lang
CATPC - Outside the White Cube
Ced'Art Tomasola, Mattieu Kasiama, Le Cercle d'art de travailleurs plantation congolaise, Janke Brands, Institute for Human Activities
From broken windows theory to birdshit utopianism we catch up with the masters of disaster in their latest reconfiguration: the STATISTA Conference at Haus der Statistik, Berlin.
Join sub_ʇxǝʇ for live coverage and debate with a renewed network of actors from across the globe as we problematise the concerns of citizens fighting the monster of urban development for urban development’s sake.
Given the radical assertion of citizen-state power to reclaim the Haus der Statistik from private speculation to deliver it into the hands of citizens, artists and initiatives, sub_ʇxǝʇ will explore how utopianism or utopian thinking perceives absence as presence and birdshit as benefit while exploring correlations to the digital urban commons and other forms of speculative crypto-capitalism.
Clearly the logic of city privatisation displaces its citizens. But what about the securitisation we are constantly told is the price of our digital privacy: the exchange of highly personal data for digital services? As the state becomes beholden to huge data gathering extra-national corporations where, finally, will those who cannot afford to rent a place in that city, or a space outside of that security actually be?
In a world of capital gone topsy-turvy we dare to ask: why can it not all simply ‘be different’?