Landlords – The Economics of S&M Apartments in Berlin

#MustSee! Landlords directed by Emre Busse and Ceven Knowles. Watch the uncensored version of the exclusive trailer – premiered on Dazed and Confused Magazine. An experimental documentation behind the culture of S&M apartment rentals in Berlin answering the questions: who owns them, how are they designed/built, to whom and how they are marketed, and how they fit into their niche market within the cities well-known sex tourism trade?

About: “Homeownership fetish” broke out as an American Dream in the beginning of 1900’s, and its historical variation on today’s social predicaments like globalization, immigration issues and gentrification. Berlin -the fetish capitol of Europe- creates a new area of criticism in the homosocial environment which can be associated with commodity fetishism, also provided by more than five fetish housing companies. On one side sits, the material conditions of a fringe non-economy, the artist culture, the many spaces that existed in berlin after the fall of the wall which led way to having social spaces that developed into alternative and queer social spaces often serving as non-capitalist marketplaces, those led the way to further evolving queer culture in the city. And on the other side: the mainstream gay culture of Schöneberg wıth its bars, shops, cafes, and other marketplaces leads to new ways of thinking in regards to economics.


Fetish has a particular presence in the writings of both Marx and Freud. Its implications for these two theorists of the social and personal relations between human beings and objects. The works of Freud suggests that the idea of the fetish involves attributing properties to objects that they do not ‘really’ have and that should correctly be recognised as human, while Marx’s account of fetishism addresses the exchange-value of commodities at the level of the economic relations of production.
With this documentary, we intend to explore the relationship between supply and demand in this niche of the sex community to perhaps understand and think of other new possible applications within the non-commercial gay and queer marketplaces.”


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