The value of property is bound to go up! This idea is at the core of an economic credo that draws more and more people to base their calculations on it—regardless of whether they are putting money into a pension fund, signing up online to a crowdfunding platform, or buying a flat as a direct investment. Yet we live in a time of individual accountability, in which we are increasingly being called upon, in a whole range of different areas of our lives, to assume personal responsibility for our market-based decisions. In their work Zwischen Anlagen Anderer (Between Other People’s Investments), Michael Meier & Christoph Franz focus on so-called Vorsorgewohnung (investment apartments), which are in great demand in Vienna. There, too, the question of ownership structures has a crucial impact on the city in terms of its essential nature and how its future is being shaped. The artists have compiled essays from actors and theoreticians, offering a take on the financialization of housing looked at from a wide variety of perspectives.
Michael Meier & Christoph Franz, born 1980 / born 1982, live and work as an artist duo in Zurich.