"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
I’m off to Berlin next week to give a presentation at the Regenbogenfabrik (former squat, now alternative social centre and housing project in Kreuzberg). It’s the 30th anniversary of the project and I’m very excited to be able to take part in the celebration. The winter and spring of 1981 marked something of a high point in the squatting scene that emerged in West Berlin in the late 1970s/early 1980s and the Regenbogenfabrik was first squatted on March 14, 1981. While the recent clearing of Liebig 14 has been seen by some as yet another body blow to the activist community in Berlin, I believe that it is still possible to forge other different spaces in the city. I will be speaking to the relationship between the history of squatting in West Berlin and a renewed ‘right to the city’. I’ve included the poster for the talk below for anyone who happens to be in Berlin. The poster should really read ‘auf die Stadt’ rather ‘an der Stadt’ though I suppose one could use the latter as well.