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Interventions along the U8 in Berlin.

Artists: Sasha Amaya, Clara Brinkmann, Philine Puffer, Florine Schüschke, Juli Sikorska

As part of the open competition »Art in the Underground 2020/21: as above, so below, five works will be realised that deal with social biotopes and changes to urban habitats. The art competition has been taking place for over sixty years, this year's edition focuses on the U8 underground line that runs through the city vertically.
In the north, at Franz-Neumann-Platz station, the themes are land prices, the real-estate market, the privatisation of accommodation, and the consequences of the resettlement of human and non-human actors. In the south, at Leinestrasse station, these discourses are expanded to include a discussion on potential future approaches to accommodation and the impact of global warming on urban living. Throughout the city’s underground network, on the »Berliner Fenster« in-train information-screens, the role of underground stations and the way they are rated by Berliners are explored both humorously and critically. In the interplay between the various works, the underground is linked both spatially and conceptually with the above-ground part of the city, and global debates are reflected in local structures.

Image: Sasha Amaya, Neophytes, 2021. Still from the website

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