Pilotenkueche’s small team (Director Martin Holz, Program Designer Christian Brown, our intern, and myself as Program Coordinator) participated in an interventive performance during Leipzig’s Freiraum Festival. This took the form of ‘occupying’ the free art-spaces by taping fake eviction notices from the city of Leipzig on their doors. This performance was a forewarning of a foreseeable future and a call-to-attention on the issue of gentrification.
On one hand, by joining in hype, venues risk being bought out by investors and turned into commercial shops (which is already happening.) On the other hand, by staying under-ground the venues are less likely to collaborate and therefore less likely to build a strong network of publicly and culturally engaged centers. With our loud shopping cart and crude DIY sign, the public response to this performance ranged from conversation and laughter to incredulity.