a quote from the noteworthy livejournal of imomus
At the end of July a journalist will interview me about Berlin for a British newspaper. The article will ask how long the urban utopian idyll enjoyed by Berlin’s artists, musicians and hipsters can last, and whether Berlin won’t soon become a “free market”, as expensive as London or New York.
The “inevitable convergence towards Anglo-market norms” theme hinted at here will not set the tone of my answers. I don’t believe that’s the case. It’s Anglo-market norms which are in crisis, not the Berlin alternative to them. I plan to tell the paper that, far from being an endangered enclave or anomaly, Berlin is in fact a laboratory for future ways of doing things. This city is not just post-industrial, but post-imperial. It’s a divergence machine.
I think, if you asked around, you’d find a surprising number of the artists here would agree with that view. The post-imperial future is what we’re all brainstorming here. It’s why we’re not in New York or London. We’re working on very specific questions, questions of habitus. What will music sound like after the empire? What will food taste like? How will people dress? How many hours a day will they work? What will their houses look like? How will they dance?
some very good questions! To put them into further perspective, what of the londons and new yorks of the world after the oil crunch starts to happen? - (or maybe that should be the los angeles and sydneys in terms of car dependency). - see for eg any of the “peakoil” sites cropping up at the moment, though of course, you must interpret the concept for yourself