|Why||To reclaim gentrified neighborhoods for artists and reality hackers.|
|Where||Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany (planned)|
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DRESS FARMS is a DIY cookbook and field manual distributed by a cellular artistic collective for the deployment of informal artistic interventions (living and production spaces) hidden within an existing urban situation. These interventions collectively form a dis-integrated arts colony that is designed to resist (or exist/subsist beyond) the sociopolitical forces of gentrification and the commoditization of art in contemporary Berlin. DRESS FARMS attempts to return the production of art to its ritual origins, and to provide its participants with a supportive, inspirational, multidisciplinary network. DRESS FARMS conserves energy and waste by using recycled materials, existing substructure, and utilities.
A DRESS FARMS operation is a temporary space for a single productive cell of an urban artistic organism. Like a paramilitary operation, these cells are deployed quickly (for a temporary time), then recycled. At this point in time, only a limited amount of tactical approaches have been documented, but the democratic nature of the publication provides for limitless expansion. This may be seen as a shortcoming in a purely disciplinary sense, because the designer is traditionally expected to prescribe a definite constructed solution, as opposed to prescribing a means to construct a set of solutions. Some tactics are less feasible (and legal) than others.
DRESS FARMS is an urban plan and a tool. DRESS FARMS brings the ethics and mechanics of a craft village to the contemporary urban environment. It was developed in response to the gentrification of neighborhoods in Berlin at risk of losing the artistic and cultural edge to new media and business centers, as well as the institutionalization of the traditional artistic collective due to cultural tourism. DRESS FARMS seeks to reinterpret the urban architectural process as an urban paramilitary operation. In this operation, the line between designer and inhabitant is dissolved, both becoming field operatives of a resistance to the status quo..