THE DISPLACEMENT
THE DISPLACEMENT A Movement in Three Acts
-This is a compilation of documents, films, books, images and diverse material for the ongoing project The Displacement.

Marx-Engels-Forum is a public park in the central Mitte district of Berlin. The park was created by the authorities of the former German Democratic Republic in 1986. It consists of a rectangular wooded park with a large, circular paved area in the centre with a sculpture consisting of larger-than-life bronze figures of Karl Marx (sitting) and Friedrich Engels (standing), the founders of the Communist movement.

The sculpture was moved a few meters in 2010 because of the construction of the subway. This is the physical displacement to which I refer in the title. But the sculpture not only moved from its original position, neither Marx and Engels look to the Alexanderplatz as usual, but the figures see for the first time the area where stood the Palace of the Republic and now stands a temporary building of futuristic ambition, promoting and raising money for the reconstruction of the prussian Royal Palace.

It is an ideological battleground where the spatial speculation consist in the domain of the symbols. Here each element has a symbolic importance as perhaps nowhere else in Europe and every gesture can be looked as a sign, symptom and pathology of the current crisis of the totalitarian capitalism.

The Displacement consists of three works around the figures of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels with which I propose a second conceptual displacement, another representational turn where visualize how large political-historical processes affecting seemingly intimate and private sphere of the people: in their affections, pleasures and sexual desires..

Act One: Romantic Love as a Fictional Narrative. )

Act Two: Subject of Desire and its Rituals of Administration.)

Act Three: Prostitution and the Dominination of Gratification.
THE DISPLACEMENT
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Die Töchter von Karl Marx. Unveröffentlichte Briefe
The Displaced Archive
Amy E. Wendling: Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation (2009)
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Schlossplatz mit Palast der Republik in Mitte, 1996
Der Palast der Republik wurde in den 70er Jahren auf dem Gelände des in den 50ern gesprengten Berliner Stadtschlosses errichtet. Er war Sitz der Volkskammer der DDR, umfasste gastronomische Einrichtungen und wurde für kulturelle Veranstaltungen genutzt. In den 90ern war er geschlossen, da beim Bau Aspest verwendet worden war. Von 2006 bis 2008 wurde das Gebäude nach einer aufwendigen Asbestsanierung abgerissen. Derzeit wird an gleicher Stelle eine Attrappe des Stadtschlosses errichtet. 
The Palast der Republik was built in the 70’s on the site of the Berliner Stadtschloss, which was demolished in the 50’s. The Palast was the seat of the Volkskammer (people’s chamber) of the GDR, housed restaurants, a bowling alley, art galleries and was used for cultural events. In the 90’s the building was closed, because it was contaminated with asbestos. From 2006 to 2008 it was demolished after the asbestos had been removed. Currently the Stadtschloß is being reconstructed on the same place.
Making Sex Body and Gender From the Greeks to Freud, Thomas Laqueur
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A section of the Berlin Wall in Kreuzberg. 1980s
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Berlin Wall painted graffiti No.2
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Anamorphic graffiti on the Berlin Wall
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Berlin: Painted Graffiti on the Berlin Wall in Kreuzberg 1985. The paintings on the Wall sometimes transformed it from a barrier into a window of the imagination.
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Berlin: Bethaniendamm 1985. A rescan of an earlier posting.
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West Berlin Rathenauplatz 1988: This seeming companion-piece to the brutalist sculpture seen at the right is in fact a protest against it. It did not survive the wrath of the authorities for long.
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Alfredo Jaar, September 15, 2009
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Biographical Comments on Karl Marx by his daughter Eleanor Marx