Never before and never since the period between 1939 and 1945 have so many people with a migration history lived in Berlin and had to work under duress. In 1944, forced laborers accounted for about a quarter of the total labor force. Over 500,000 people lived and worked under duress in more than 3,000 camps and other collective accommodations within Berlin’s city limits.
The Human Commodity project uses an interactive app to commemorate forced labor at 99 locations in literally all of Berlin’s neighborhoods and makes the stories of forced laborers audible. Musicians and artists personally commemorate the fate of 99 people, in musical fragments by Marc Sinan and textures dedicated to all the victims.
Starting on September 17, 2022, the project will be experienced for the first time: for the premiere, live concerts of the pieces will take place at 20 locations throughout Berlin, and an extensive program of lectures, guided tours, and a sonic bike tour by sound artist Kaffe Matthews awaits you at the Documentation Center for Forced Labor in Oberschöneweide and the Spreehalle Berlin starting at 2 pm. (https://sonicbikes.net/sonic-bike/) On sound bicycles you can embark on an artistic journey of memory through the city space and explore an omnipresent and too often neglected topic of Berlin history.