For the duration of a long afternoon on Saturday July 11th from 12:00 until 24:00, we will push the pause button. The walls, windows, gardens, streets and parks of Berlin-Kreuzberg will be occupied through a series of public interventions in which artists, thinkers and other players open up their private thinking to the public. These will be accompanied by a radio discursive programme, a guided tour and an open-air film screening. More information, participants, a map and the programme will be published soon (also on Facebook).
Now that the curve has been flattened in the Global North, and the lockdown is slowly being lifted, governments seem all too eager to return to “business-as-usual”. We cannot help but feel distressed at the prospect of going “back to normal” (at full speed). Rather than fast-forwarding, we feel an urgency to pause, and reflect on the very parameters of this “normality”.
The virus left a devastating trail of casualties. But it also momentarily halted the machine of capitalism, and exposed the structural global inequality and the overall unsustainability of the system we live in. It offered a painful reminder of the manner in which this system denies access to support to those already excluded from it.
Why is there such a rush to restart this machine?
“This is an Intervention!” explores the undiscovered land of the post-pandemic. Could this be the ground on which vast and widespread cultural, environmental, economic, social and democratic transformations in systems and mindsets can be initiated? Acknowledging uncertainty as a commonality, the event attempts to collect the wide range of contemplations, energies and emotions at play right now. In the rush of reactivating the public space after the lockdown, there is a pressing necessity for those voices that are currently unheard to intervene.
There is no time - this is why we have to pause!
José Délano, Lianne Mol & Yael Sherill
at near Fischerinsel 3
Friday 7 August 2020 at 18:00h
at Veteranenstraße 21
Friday 31 July 2020 at 17:00h
at Kottbusser Damm 95
Tuesday 28 July 2020 at 14:00h
at Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 41
Saturday 1 August 2020 at 20:00h