Biljana Arandelovic

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One of the positive developments in post-Wall Berlin was the emergence of an alternative art scene, with Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg having a leading position in the early 1990s among artists as the new centres of Berlin´s creative industries. Soon, Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg became places where highly commercial creative companies arrived, and for that reason the art scene moved to Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain after no longer being able to afford the increasing rents. Nowadays we are witnessing the move of the art scene to Neukoelln, one of Berlin´s most problematic districts, with higher than average total migration, ethnic tensions, poor socio-demographic indicators and a high crime rate. The art scene in this district isn’t established as it was in Mitte. What is happening there right now is not about profit, it’s more about the idea that something is going on at the moment. Thus, it is too early for final conclusions. How does the arrival of an art scene influence Berlin´s most problematic district and what is its possible future impact? For now, we have the redevelopment of Berlin´s Neukoelln district which will ultimately lead toward gentrification. The result of such a change is rising rents and anger from the older more established residents.


Art direction, branding, Germany, public space, globalization, post-Wall Berlin, Neukoelln, creative industries, sub-cultural, creative cities

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