Adequate housing is considered a human right by the United Nations, and yet, at the dawn of the 21st century, housing has primarily become a commodity and an investment vehicle. “You're not invited!” is a cross-media installation leveraging open source intelligence to navigate the subtle—but persistent—trails that the hyper-commodification of housing in big European cities inadvertently leaks across different spaces and scales.
In this piece we use the concept of party apartments as a gleaming tool symbolising the tip of the iceberg of an unfair system. Party apartments are the sublime that mediates —cognitively and emotionally— how citizens can perceive today’s housing crisis; they are not the problem but a glossy —and even aspirational— symptom. Interestingly, the advent of techno-capitalism has brought an accidental by-product: indomitable streams of open data. This installation borrows techniques from the open-source intelligence (OSINT) community to investigate the presence and activities of party apartments in Copenhagen: Where are they? Who’s behind the financial holdings that own them? And to what beats do the Davos Men dance?
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