Reflections on Berlin Scenes
Edited By Geoff Stahl
The Scene of Scenes: Berlin Underground Parties, Neither Movement nor Institution: Carlo Nardi
The Scene of Scenes: Berlin Underground Parties, Neither Movement nor Institution
Berlin is well known, especially among youths, for its animated nightlife, featuring daily a broad range of events. Among these, the underground scene is often seen not only as innovative and kaleidoscopic, but also as an alternative to mainstream culture. This image, whether it corresponds to the truth or not, relates to self-organised activities and a “do-it-yourself” ethic that contribute to explain the particular appeal that Berlin exerts on certain forms of tourism on a global level. Here I want to argue that this context, where divergent “subscenes” coexist, can be understood, by metaphor, in comparison to what different authors call more or less interchangeably ‘alter-globalisation’ (Pleyers), ‘global justice movement’ (della Porta; della Porta and Diani) or ‘movement of movements’ (Harvie et al; Mertes), to identify an entity that, while supporting a more democratic and participatory vision of globalisation, recognises difference and inclusion across geographical boundaries as values in themselves. This comparison is also justified by references in the scene to the language and values of the Movement of Movements. It will be my aim to show how these references, far from taking the form of a complete endorsement, are mainly instrumental for the promotion of the scene, while serving transitory identity needs for a youth culture characterised by individualisation and fragmentation. ← 83 | 84 →
This chapter draws on two stays in Berlin, the first approximately...
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