Vestitopoly@48hrs Neukölln ©Paolo Gallo | Abgebildet u.a. Lotti Seebeck und Aïcha Abbadi & Festivalbesucher:innen

VESTITOPOLY @ 48 Stunden Neukölln, Saturday, 24th June 2023

In front of a branch of a well-known second hand store chain. The planet is burning under the midday sun. The pouring rain from the evening before has disappeared, the air is hot and the streets are filling up. On Alfred-Scholz-Platz, the VESTITOPOLY playing field is already spread out, the rolling clotheshorses ready in their starting blocks and the oversized dice made from used clothing is attracting the first players.
Es berichtet die kritsche Modeforscherin Aïcha Abbadi


Es kommen: Nachbar*innen jeden Alters, Tourist*innen, Feiernde und Aktivist*innen, Juror*innen und Freund*innen auf Abifahrt: alle bereiten sie sich erwartungsvoll vor auf ihre erste Runde. Im bunten Gewusel erhaschen wir Blicke auf bunte selbst gehäkelte Tops und selbstgemachten Schmuck, Crop Tops und Cargohosen, Seidenröcke und Stickereien – auch ein Turban ist dabei. Inspiriert von der Hitze wird eine Spielerin zum spontanen Kleidertausch verleitet: ein luftiges STREETWARE-Kleid für das eigene Outfit, für die nächste Person am Spielfeldrand gelassen. Mit Sonnenschirmen in der Hand wir die Umrundung der Fragen- und Aufgaben-Felder zum lässigen sommerlichen Flanieren auf dem Neuköllner Boulevard.

Meanwhile, the first STREETSHOPPING tour is already back and has collected: fittingly, a t-shirt from “ON TOUR” with a label reading “made in Europe”, various sportswear items “Made in Syria”, a delicate floral prayer dress, a collection of shoes and much more. Freshly laundered, the latest collection is won by a new round of players. During VESTITOPOLY, they learn from one another, clothing stories, swap store tips and styling ideas. For each other, they put togehter: an opera outfit with a work apron, an elegant shell for the first ever drag show with crystal-embroidered red underwear and an offwhite long jacket, a birthday look with a sequined floor-length dress and rubber boots.

Few steps further: a group adorned in satin slip dresses with lace trims, draped over sweatpants and trekking sandals is conspiring about the latest repair workshops. Nostalgic memories come up about the dressy streets of Kinshasa, wishing a simultaneous transmission to the public squares of Neukölln. But look over there! The wishes have been heard and already the crowd is dressing up and everybody strikes a pose. Too soon, the playing round is over, but the players are not yet ready to move on. Skipped fields are caught up to test out every challenge.

all photographs © Paolo Gallo

In the meantime, the garments are accumulating on the world map in the centre of the playing field, sorted by production country. As expected, they pile up highest in Asia, but Europe is filling up as well. The USA and Ethiopia are represented, too. They do not stay there long, however, as they have already caught the eye of new players, who roll the dice until the last minute. Faster than expected, the sidewalks are rolled up. Disappointed faces and longing looks – the DB-Shirt is already gone, the BVG one too – but the game will go on tomorrow! Who knows what new wares the streets will bring?

We played VESTITOPOLY in the cultural summer programme of DRAUSSENSTADT / Supported by the Stiftung für Kulturelle Weiterbildung und Kulturberatung / Stiftung öffentlichen Rechts / Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt
Katzen aus Dubai

Cats from Dubai

Cats from Dubai

Cats from Dubai Illustration © barbara caveng

A true story from Oderstraße in Neukölln, as it happened to me on 3.4.2023

I doubted the world, I doubted myself and above all my hearing. Was I suffering from an acoustic illusion caused by hypacusis, a sensorineural hearing loss?

Was my auditory perception in my Ieft ear no longer sufficient to understand the words in the context intended by the sender? Or in other words, had I gained the freedom to hear stories that had not been told that way?

I searched the other person's face for an interpretation of what had been said as I had heard it: "My cats from Dubai." Tentatively, almost bashfully, I ventured a repetition of the last two words, "...from.... Dubai...."

The day had held a lot of pain for me until these late afternoon hours, and so it seemed possible that my psyche had turned to other realities, obviously ones in which no Cheshire cats, but at least cats from Dubai were strolling across the tin roofs. Their existence was now confirmed to me by my chance acquaintance: "Yes," she added to my muttering, "just last week I picked up four cats from Dubai at the airport"!

In the reflection of her pupils, I saw the four cats flying over the Turkish-Syrian earthquake zone with a glowing eyes and splayed limbs. To land at Tegel - cats and other unusual flying animals have to fly into the airport, which is closed to normal air traffic - they ruffled their hair and lifted their humps by body contraction, initiating the braking process by extending their claws and digging into the ground on landing to come to an abrupt stop.

"Maybe you can ride my cats around town on the clothes horse sometime?"

Wow.... It took me some time to create the image in my mind of ambling through Neuköllln with cats on a rolling clothes horse instead of STREETWARE.
Would the animals cling to the clotheslines or hang like wet rags from two plastic strings or, hooking their tails, swing along to the rhythm of the cobblestones?

I preferred not to commit myself at this point, but to weigh the request carefully, and so I said goodbye - this, however, happily with the realisation that reality and phantasmorgia describe only two different perspectives of perception.

Magazin SOZIOKultur zum Thema ENERGIE

Magazine SOZIOKultur on the topic of ENERGY.

Magazine SOZIOKultur on the topic of ENERGY.

We are delighted that Alice Fassina has been named STREETWARE cover girl by the editorial team of SOZIOkultur!
he cover photo is taken from our performance SCHURF and was photographed by Paolo Gallo.

You can download the magazin here or download the magazin here.

Zum Inhalt von [ Heft 1/2023 ] schreibt der Bundesverband SOZIOkultur:

To have or not to have energy - this is the burning question that socioculture is currently facing on many levels in its own way: artistically, creatively, inventively and cooperatively, almost making us forget how much the current crises with all their consequences cost. It does so in its own way: artistically, creatively, inventively and cooperatively, almost making us forget how much the current crises with all their consequences cost. But even if it sometimes seems as if socioculture is a perpetual motion machine that, once set in motion, remains in motion without further energy supply - it is not. It is all the more remarkable, therefore, how time and again - thanks to the tireless power of those active and the support of sponsors - it draws strength from imaginative and collaborative action and drives sustainable change by generating positive social energy. 

Kulturszene 22 des Fonds Soziokultur

Kulturszene 22 des Fonds Soziokultur

Kulturszene 22 des Fonds Soziokultur




Performance in the windowsof the gallery nord/ art association Tiergarten (c) Joachim Gern & Paolo Gallo





Rag ’n‘ Bone man

my body my choice – der Freiheitskampf von Lumpen und Gesindel

What meaning does clothing have when naked survival is at stake? When vestimentary codes become an existential confession and when the refusal of a certain dress code means that life hangs by a hair. What ethics does military chic follow and what attitude is hidden behind the camouflage? What endows the steely body sex appeal in an outfit that signals readiness to kill, and what message does a first lady send from the cover of Vogue?

Wo:men. Life. Freedom

Performers from STREETWARE examined their bodies, their own and other people's perceptions, put uniformed aesthetics up for debate and transformed the windows of the Galerie Nord into a space of breaking boundaries: Look at us! Alice, barbara, Flora, Jan, KDindie, Lotti, Nazanin and Oksana presented their bodies to the public and passers-by, covered and uncovered themselves, deformed their corporality and distorted their faces. They have formulated their perfect imperfect and flirted with the bad-bitch image, indulged in body worship and brushed each other's armpit hair. Butt cheeks to the left and right of the thong g-string challenged the eye and invited for a visual walk across body landscapes: Do[n't] hurt me!
I am only human after all, don’t put your blame on me!

Peep O Rama

by Boris Steinberg 2022

Am Ende des Kaleidoskops
zeigt sich
die Peep Show des Lebens
Essenz unseres Seins
im Labyrinth ohne Ende
Mosaike und Farben
Gesichter und Hände
Hereinspaziert, Hereinspaziert !
Eintritt ist Frei !
die Peep Show beginnt
Komm, sei dabei…!


Feind küsst Feind
Krieg umarmt Frieden
Liebe küsst Hass
und Dass
was bisher vermieden
wird unumgänglich
nun sein…

Gesindel tanzt
in Haute Couture
High Fashion
mutiert zu Lumpen
Löcher und Strass
trägt jedes Gewand
Risse und Wunden
trägt jedes Kleid
Und alle Sinne bereit
am Puls der Zeit

Peep – O- Rama

Es ist für mich
Es ist für dich
Es ist für Uns

There were peeps by

Flora Carmim | barbara caveng | Alice Fassina |  Kdindie | Jan Markowsky | Oksana Moskovchenko | Lotti Seebeck | Nazanin Shamloo | leider erkrankt: Boris Steinberg

Photographs by Paolo Gallo and Joachim Gern
Technical support: Stephan Kolb and Gallery stuff
and rehearsal management: barbara caveng
Organisation and production management: Alice Fassina

Flora Carmim

is addicted to languages. Among other things, she studied German. Bass guitar was the first instrument of her youth, followed by guitar, cavaquinho - but singing occupies the favourite place in her heart. Her favourite thing is to perform as a drag performer on the street and on public stages.

barbara caveng

is an interdisciplinary working visual artist with a focus on three-dimensional artistic practice, participatory art, interventions and performances.


Alice Fassina

is an observer, Japanologist and costume designer whose artistic approach and working processes are based on sustainability and circular economy. She shares her expertise on alternatives to fast fashion as a guide, lecturer and workshop leader in various collaborations, including Circular Berlin, Green Fashion Tours, community organisations and educational institutions. In recent years, she was a co-creator of the participatory art project challenges fast fashion and worked in various cultural and artistic projects with young people from different backgrounds. The exchange with the new generations is important to her, as it also enables an indirect and sustainable shaping of the future.


"Kdindie is a Berlin based italian-polish performance artist. Creates body architectures at the intersection of dance, theater and costume design. Through his self-made visionary characters triggers people imagination with a queer decolonial approach. Facilitator of conscious movement practices by his creative method indiemotion bridges diverse communities to be unique and united."


Jan Markowsky

was an engineer in the GDR, in East and West Berlin. Contact with opponents through dissidents in Jena after imprisonment of his brother Bernd who was detained related to Wolf Biermann's expatriation, Jan emigrated to West Berlin in 1984. Various jobs as energy consultant and engineer for building services. Left the office in January 2000 after a dispute with his boss, then left his apartment.
"As a flexible and open-minded person, coped well overall with life without an apartment. Have had time to participate in preparing meals for the homeless, play theater, give lectures, participate in political committees. After a few years, regularly contributed to the social street magazine 'Strassenfeger' and later participated in 'Strassenfeger-radio'. During that time often photographed and interviewed.
Credo: I have nothing to hide, I can show myself!"

Oksana Moskovchenko

Born and raised in Ukraine. I spent a lot of time working with people, as I am a nurse by profession. However, I often went to Kyiv, where meetings of the Ukrainian Journalist Foundation were held, because my mother is a journalist, and I helped her in her work. I love creativity and art, as well as learning something new, learning from interesting people.

I value openness and respect for personal boundaries in people.

Now I'm learning German, and I'm learning to live in a new country and understand the local mentality. I left for Germany because of the war that russia started in my country.

Now it is difficult for me to think and plan, but I definitely want to find a job here, maybe not in the medical field, as I am open to something new, and I want to be able to help those who remained in Ukraine.

Lotti Seebeck

is an artist and cultural organiser who has been developing performances in collective formations that bring social issues into public space for several years. Intervention and site-specific research are always an important part of her work. She is part of the Common Ground initiative at the Berlin University of the Arts, which provides academic access to the arts for marginalised artists, and develops her own projects on community building, urban transformation and anti-discrimination.

Nazanin Shamloo

was born and raised in Iran. In the haze of the intellectual families of Ahmad Shamloo and the newspaper owner Towfigh, her biography was always strongly interwoven with the political events of the country. As the only child of early divorced parents, she spent her school years at German schools in Tehran, Paris, Vienna and the Odenwald, then studied medicine in Essen and has run a psychotherapy practice since she was 34. She has had three children, early, at 21, and late, at 40. She has danced and sung all her life and more intensively in the last 15 years, which she does passionately in her artistic home Berlin.

Become an influencer for a wearable future: Ecologize, decolonize and degender your style!

Kindly supported by the Bezirksamtes Mitte, Berlin as part of the Recycling Design Prize exhibition. Special thanks to, Institut für urbane Gestaltung.