The Rising of Gentrification

comic, illustration

The Rising of Gentrification

Comic made at 24 hour Comic Marathon Berlin in Panke Berlin in Dezember 2012 organized by (Anarcho-)

Exhibition at Panke Berlin from 05.-16.01.2013 together with Auge Lorenz, Clémentine GuichardIlan Katin, Javier Lozano Jaén, Lilli Loge and Tinet Elmgren.

Facebook Event of the Vernissage together with the Band “Bananarchie

Pictures of the Exhibition on Flickr

Some additional information to get an idea what it’s about and where I got the ideas from.



“Cities like New York “are increasing being constructed around spectacle,” Harvey argued Tuesday night. “One aspect of capital is that it wants to move faster and faster; capital cannot abide a long period without change.” In cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Mumbai, this change is being brought about by land grabs and slum clearance. In New York and other financial capitals, it’s gentrification “making cities a spectacle that is instantly consumed.” In other words, we’re blinded by the lights to our Matrix-like existence. “We’re all suburbanites now, without knowing it,” he said. “We’re all neoliberals now, without knowing it.”In its place, Harvey has called for a “right to the city” to be recognized as a human right. Considering the urban tsunami that’s coming–3 billion additional city-dwellers on top of 3.3 billion now–he has a point. The future of humanity is an urban future, and at this moment America is staring at millions of home foreclosures while China is bulldozing neighborhoods as it sees fit.Like any committed socialist, Harvey ended his brief talk with a call to arms (a theorist’s call to arms, but still): “We’ve got to revolutionize the geographic subconscious; we’ve got to revolutionize daily life–that’s what really matters. In changing the city, we change ourselves. The real question is: what kind of people do we want to be?“”
David Harvey’s Urban Manifesto: Down With Suburbia; Down With Bloomberg’s New York. By Greg Lindsay. In:, July 22, 2010.

Capital accumulation (German version below)

The movement of the Capital or self-expanding value (formula in german:G-W-G’) was described in Das Kapital by Karl Marx. This movement is endless and exorbitant. The purpose of the accumulation of more capital is not the satisfaction of needs, but the production of value.

“From a concrete point of view, accumulation resolves itself into the reproduction of capital on a progressively increasing scale. The circle in which simple reproduction moves, alters its form, and, to use Sismondi’s expression, changes into a spiral.” (Marx, Das Kapital, Vol. 1, Chapter 24, Section 1: CAPITALIST PRODUCTION ON A PROGRESSIVELY INCREASING SCALE. TRANSITION OF THE LAWS OF PROPERTY THAT CHARACTERISE PRODUCTION OF COMMODITIES INTO LAWS OF CAPITALIST APPROPRIATION)

“We have seen how money is changed into capital; how through capital surplus-value is made, and from surplus-value more capital. But the accumulation of capital presupposes surplus-value; surplus-value presupposes capitalistic production; capitalistic production presupposes the pre-existence of considerable masses of capital and of labour power in the hands of producers of commodities. The whole movement, therefore, seems to turn in a vicious circle…” (Marx, Das Kapital, Vol.1, Part VIII, Ch.26).

capital to expand its value / self-expanding value
the buying with the purpose to sale sth. for a higher price, the profit as the end in itself


German Version (Original):

Die Bewegung G–W–G´ ist sich verwertender Wert, nach Marx Kapital. Diese Bewegung ist maß- und endlos. Bei G–W–G´ geht es nicht darum, Bedürfnisse zu befriedigen, sondern darum, mehr Wert zu produzieren.

“Konkret betrachtet, löst sich die Akkumulation auf in Reproduktion des Kapitals auf progressiver Stufenleiter. Der Kreislauf der einfachen Reproduktion verändert sich und verwandelt sich, nach Sismondis Ausdruck, in eine Spirale.” (Marx, Das Kapital, Bd. 1, Abschn. 7, 22. Kap.: 1. Kapitalistischer Produktionsprozeß auf erweiterter Stufenleiter. Umschlag der Eigentumsgesetze der Warenproduktion in Gesetze der kapitalistischen Aneignung, S.607)

“Man hat gesehn, wie Geld in Kapital verwandelt, durch Kapital Mehrwert und aus Mehrwert mehr Kapital gemacht wird. Indes setzt die Akkumulation des Kapitals den Mehrwert, der Mehrwert die kapitalistische Produktion, dieser aber das Vorhandensein größerer Massen von Kapital und Arbeitskraft in den Händen von Warenproduzenten voraus. Diese ganze Bewegung scheint sich also in einem fehlerhaften Kreislauf herumzudrehn…” (Marx, Das Kapital, Bd. 1.,Abschn. 7, 24.Kap.)





Published illustration in the second issue of the german-english, queer-feminist MOM-Make Out Magazine inspired by

Warbear’s “GEGEN MANIFESTO” Against yourself. Around queer narratives.

“Gegen” is a complex word in German because it has two opposite meanings.

Historically speaking it means “against”, signifying all the counter cultural movements since the very beginning of youth cultures but if you apply the word to time, it means “around”. One meaning is closed, defined in terms of space. The other is open and undefined in terms of time. In the contemporary moment the idea of “enemy” – in which a thought and an action can be identifiable as “against” – is not there and is not clear anymore as power relationships changed through the development of post-modernism. And this gave space to markets to regenerate themselves through the queer-counter cultural movements by producing an oligopoly of empty events repeating themselves until their fast extinction and in the same time by crystallising the institutionalisation of big “queer meccas” which exercise more and more power on the scene. This process is verifiable in Berlin as the incubator of new world trends in the arts of entertainment.

This basic tension gives the spaces and the times for a new proposal. The aim is playing with the solitude of ”Gegen” the political meaning as a suicidal mechanism of the “self” or the sublime crisis of enemy subtraction as the aggression of dialectics. It is a linguistic game of Pop Art where the semantic putsch of “Gegen” becomes the broken mirror of its own impossibilities. The electric fear to find oneself multiple by being against oneself and unrecognisable. The dangers of being desireful in a psycho-dramatic performance. The political practice of hallucinatory love to defy hate as antagonistic, identitarian mechanism.

Perceiving the idea of community as a demagogic form for bigger powers like religions, societies and markets to exercise their violence with the fake flag of politically correct participation, we do not wish to design a party just to give you a safe space and protection. We are not selling you the possibility to be “queer” for one night. We want to expose you to your own fears and pleasures by pushing you to understand how your own power mechanisms are produced. This is why we invite you to be GEGEN by performing your psychosis, by being the enemy of yourself, by thinking and being out of b/order and by destroying every rational thought.