July 31, 2020 - German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale - Always the Property Drama
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July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020

German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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Always the Property Drama


In February 2031, the situation escalated. Factions from several countries announced that they would halt the negotiations. After over three years! They threatened to leave Rio de Janeiro—even if they were partly holograms—where the negotiations began in July 2030. Despite this upset, leaders like Keller Easterling and Suhail Malik steered us back in the right direction—ultimately delivering a solution for all. Oh, right, disagreement in question? Private property…of course. 

How then, can we guarantee a permanent redistribution of property? Because so far, every competitive asset, even if evenly distributed at the beginning, becomes concentrated. It's like playing Monopoly. If you own two hotels on an expensive street, all you need to do is wait. Eventually, we managed to create an adaptable, viable model. “From 2031 onwards,” says Suhail Malik, “private property is no longer a viable condition to keep things going. I mean this both in terms of the human social system, which used to be so influenced by commerce, but also in terms of the environment. It’s clear that the environment was destructed as a result of excess wealth, property accumulation, and so on…”  

So far with:
Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Andrés Arauz, Diana Alvarez-Marin, Mara Balestrini, Severin Bärenbold, Jan Bauer, Francesca Bria, Vera Bühlmann, Vint Cerf, Tobia de Eccher, Yona Friedman, Jan-Peter Gieseking, Olaf Grawert, Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Helene Hegemann, Ludger Hovestadt, Pan Hu, Jennifer Jacquet & Becca Franks, Mitch Joachim, Claudia Kessler, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, Ray Kurzweil, Cedric Libert, Suhail Malik, Hilary Mason, V. Mitch McEwen, Jamers Meadway, Omoju Miller, Evgeny Morozov, Caroline Nevejan, Joanna Pope, Denis 'Jaromil' Roio, Meghan Rolvien, Christopher Roth, Daniel Schönle & Ferdinand Ludwig, Deane Simpson, Audrey Tang, Iris van der Tuin, Jeanne Tremsal, Marcus Vesterager, Julian Wäckerlin, E. Glen Weyl, Mark Wigley, and Tirdad Zolghadr.

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