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Listening as an urban strategy of resistance

fem_arc Kollektiv

Barrierefreier Zugang Barrierefreie Toilette
28 June 2024 19:00 – 29 June 2024 00:00 29 June 2024 10:00–22:00 30 June 2024 10:00–19:00
(Informal) conversations have long been devalued, especially those of women. Even though the term gossip is derived from the old english godsibb which meant a close female friend. Godsibbs were connected by a kinship of trust in which they were able to share their true thoughts and feelings and support each other, free from the restrictive expectations of patriarchal societies. The same principle is repeated in other languages: commérage (French), dedikodu (Turkish) or Klatsch (German) have a negative connotation despite their sociability. This research project reflects on gossiping as an urban spatial practice and reclaims its value as bottom-up agent for community weaving, transfor­mation, and resistance.
fem_arc shows gossip stories from the immediate neighborhood of the SP*TI. Through field research and interviews, an image of the Rollbergviertel is created that captures diverse perspectives, is informed by the knowledge of various actors in the neighborhood and involves businesses, residents and visitors alike.


fem_arc Kollektiv

fem_arc is a group of architects and artists in Berlin who have been critically examining power structures in space and the intersection of individual experiences of discrimination due to gender, race, economic status, ability, queerness and religion, among other things, since 2018. In formats such as lectures, workshops, a podcast series, participatory audio walks and multimedia installations, they propagate planning and artistic strategies that question norms and standards in architecture and contribute to the creation of non-discriminatory spaces.


Kienitzer Str. 26
12053 Berlin

SP*TI - Rollberg


Barrierefreier Zugang Barrierefreie Toilette