For many people techno is the sound that defined the 1990s. In Germany, Berlin was the epicentre of the new music genre, and before mass events like the Love Parade began, raves took place inside a fairly small circle of party-goers – and in some very unusual places.
Algorithms that reward or penalise the citizens of a country on the basis of collated data – in places like China and India, “algorithmic governance” has long been a reality. But even in Germany, computer software already takes decisions that have consequences for many people’s lives.
When one thinks of street art in Germany today, famous artists like ECB or Herakut often come to mind. But two new artists are giving German streets a different kind of look. Barbara. and Irmela Mensah-Schramm’s political engagement with stickers has transformed urban landscapes into vibrant sites of civic action and activism.