Is a good neighbour someone you rarely see?

Is a good neighbour a family without pets?

Is a good neighbour someone who just moved in?

Is a good neighbour reading the same newspaper as you?

Is a good neighbour important to you?

Is a good neighbour your friend on Facebook?

Is a good neighbour active in your local community?

Is a good neighbour slower or faster than you?

Is a good neighbour a reminder of how things used to be?

Is a good neighbour someone who would never complain?

Is a good neighbour genderless?

Is a good neighbour someone who makes you feel at home, while you listen to low voices through the wall?

Is a good neighbour a woman in love, humming as she prepares a meal for her girlfriend?

Is a good neighbour the homeless guy next to you?

Is a good neighbour someone with no WiFi password and a strong signal?

Is a good neighbour a person who has never thrown a party?

Is a good neighbour someone with a bigger family than yours?

Is a good neighbour wearing headphones?

Is a good neighbour a man with a gun to protect his property?

Is a good neighbour richer or poorer than you?

Is a good neighbour older than you, with a different sense of rhythm—over there, the turntable visibly spinning, while you’re wireless?

Is a good neighbour leaving you alone?

Is a good neighbour someone who collects your mail when you’re on holiday?

Is a good neighbour just one of those sentimental childhood memories?

Is a good neighbour someone who just moved out?

Is a good neighbour from a neighbouring country?

Is a good neighbour an elderly widow who seldom goes out?

Is a good neighbour willing to babysit your 5-year-old?

Is a good neighbour someone who has a “Close The Borders” sticker on their car?

Is a good neighbour a collector of odd items displayed in her window?

Is a good neighbour cooking for you when you’re sick?

Is a good neighbour tuned in to the same channel as you, watching from a sofa almost like yours, bought from a similar chain store?

Is a good neighbour just some shadows cast on the rolled-down blinds next door?

Is a good neighbour a champion of good taste?

Is a good neighbour patiently listening to the same story that you’ve told so many times before?

Is a good neighbour signing the petition against the landlord raising the rents once again?

Is a good neighbour someone who leaves his shoes outside the door?

Is a good neighbour someone who lives the same way as you?

Is a good neighbour too much to ask for?

Is a good neighbour a stranger you don’t fear?

Elmgreen & Dragset

Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen, dr.h.c. and Ingar Dragset, dr.h.c.) are an artist duo who have worked together since 1995. Their artistic practice spans many genres, including installation, sculpture, performance, and theater. Their work has been included in the Istanbul (2013, 2011, 2001), Liverpool (2012), Singapore (2011), Moscow (2011, 2007), Venice (2009, 2003), Gwangju (2006, 2002), São Paulo (2002), and Berlin (1998) biennials. The artists were shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2000 and won the Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin in 2002. In 2012, Elmgreen & Dragset were selected for London’s Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square. They were awarded honorary doctorates at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2015.

Previous curatorial projects include “The Collectors” at the Danish and Nordic Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, marking the first-ever merging of two national pavilions to present a single exhibition, which received a Special Mention entitled “Curating Worlds.” Most recently, in 2016–2017, Elmgreen & Dragset curated “The Others”, a group exhibition at KÖNIG GALERIE in Berlin. In 2013, the duo curated “A Space Called Public”, a wide-ranging temporary public art project throughout the city of Munich, with the aim of generating a new conversation about the concept of public space today. The same year, with their exhibition “Tomorrow” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the artists designed a setting in which they staged paintings, furniture, and artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection. Earlier curatorial projects include “Not a Drop But the Fall”, together with Susanne Pfeffer, Künstlerhaus Bremen (2005) and “Update”, a performance-based festival that was part of Copenhagen’s European Capitals of Culture program (1996).

Other collaborative projects include the artistic direction of the operas “L’Amour de Loin” at the Bergen International Festival (2008) and “Faustus, The Last Night” at Staatsoper, Berlin (2008), Opéra de Lyon (2006), and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris (2006). The duo’s theater plays include “Drama Queens”, first performed at Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007), and “Happy Days in the Art World”, a Performa Commission for Performa 11 (2011).

Elmgreen & Dragset’s recent solo exhibitions include “Die Zugezogenen”, depicting the moment a German family moves from Britain back to Germany after the Brexit vote (Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2017); “Van Gogh’s Ear”, an upright swimming pool sculpture installed at New York City’s Rockefeller Center (Public Art Fund, 2016); “The Well Fair”, a fictional art fair staged in the Great Hall of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2016); and “Aéroport Mille Plateaux”, a Deleuze-inspired airport terminal at PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul (2015). Additionally, Elmgreen & Dragset have held numerous solo exhibitions in art institutions worldwide, including FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2016); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2016); the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2014); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2014); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011); ZKM Museum of Modern Art, Karlsruhe (2010); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2009); The Power Plant, Toronto (2006); Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); Tate Modern, London (2004); and Kunsthalle Zürich (2001).

Curators’ Introduction

Please click here to read or download the introduction by Elmgreen & Dragset for the a good neighbour - Exhibition book in PDF.

Reading List

This reading list is put together by Elmgreen & Dragset, and gathers references to books and essays in various genres and formats that shed light upon the intellectual ground beneath a good neighbour.



Ahmed, Sara, Claudia Castaneda, Anne-Maria Portier and Mimi Sheller (eds.). Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migrations. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2003.

Ahmed, Sarah. Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others. London, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities. New York: Verso Books, 1983.

Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space. Boston: Beacon Press, 1958.

Betsky, Aaron. Queer Space: Architecture and Same-Sex Desire. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1997.

Blunt, Alison and Robin Dowling. Home: Key Ideas in Geography. London: Routledge, 2006.

Bonnevier, Katarina. Behind Straight Curtains: Towards a Queer Feminist Theory of Architecture. Stockholm: AXL Books, 2007.

Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984.

Boym, Svetlana. The Future of Nostalgia. New York: Basic Books, 2001.

Briganti, Chiara and Kathy Mezei. The Domestic Space Reader. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Casey, Edward S. The Fate of Place, A Philosophical History. Oakland: University of California Press, 1998.

Claviez, Thomas (Ed.). The Conditions of Hospitality: Ethics, Politics and the Aesthetic on the Threshold of the Possible. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

Cvetkovich, Ann and Douglas Kellner. Articulating the Global and the Local: Globalization and Cultural Studies. Boulder: Westview Press, 1997.

Depres, Carole. "The Meaning of Home: Literature Review and Directions for Future Research and Theoretical Development." The Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 8:2, (1991), 96-115.

Derrida, Jacques and Anne Dufourmantelle. Of Hospitality. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.

Der Spiegel. Heimat. Annäherung an ein schwieriges Gefühl, June, 2016.

Devisch, Ignaas. Jean-Luc Nancy and the Question of Community. London: A&C Black, 2013.

Dikec, Mustafa., Nigel Clark and Clive Barnett. "Extending Hospitality: Giving Space, Taking Time." Paragraph 31:1, (2009), 1-14.

Eribon, Didier. Returning to Reims. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2013.

Federici, Sylvia. Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. Oakland: PM Press, 2012.

Fezer, Jesko., Christian Hiller, Nikolaus Hirsch, Wilfried Kuehn and Hila Peleg (Eds.). Housing after the Neoliberal Turn: International Case Studies. Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Spector Books, 2015.

Gandy, Matthew and Benny Nilsen. The Acoustic City. Berlin: Jovis, 2014.

Gandy, Matthew. Urban Constellations. Berlin: Jovis, 2011.

Gieseking, Jen Jack., William Mangold, Cindi Katz, Setha Low and Susan Saegert (Eds.). The People, Place and Space Reader. London: Routlegde, 2014.

Gilroy, Paul. After Empire: Melancholia or Convival Culture?. London: Routledge, 2004.

Gürbilek, Nurdan. The New Cultural Climate in Turkey, Living in A Shop Window. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Heidegger, Martin. Poetry, Language, Thought. New York: Harper & Row, 1971.

Huyssen, Andreas (Ed.). Other Cities, Other Worlds. Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing Age. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Jackson, Michael. At Home in the World. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.

Jones, Gill. Leaving Home. London: Open University, 1995.

Kaplan, Amy. "Manifest Domesticity." American Literature 5:3, (1998), 81-606.

Kidder, Tracy. House. Boston: Mariner Books, 1999.

Lefebvre, Henri. Rythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life. London: Bloomsbury, 1971.

Levin, Iris. Migration, Settlement, and the Concepts of House and the Home. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Macgregor Wise, J. Cultural Globalization: A User’s Guide. London: Wiley, 2009.

Miller, Daniel. Home Possessions: Material Culture Behind Closed Doors. London: Bloomsbury, 2001.

Nancy, Jean Luc. The Inoperative Community. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991.

Nancy, Jean Luc. The Disavowed Community. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Oda Projesi. Neighbourhood, Room, Neighbour, Guest?. Berlin: Revolver Publishing, 2005.

Perec, George. Life, A User’s Manual. London: Vintage U.K. Random House, 2003.

Rice, Charles. The Emergence of the Interior. Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity. London: Routledge, 2007.

Rouner, Leroy S. (Ed). The Longing for Home. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1996.

Rybczynski, Witold. Home. A Short History of an Idea. London: Penguin Books, 1986.

Safran, William. "Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return." Diaspora 1:1, (1991), 83-99.

Sennett, Richard. Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

Schoenauer, Norbert. 6,000 Years of Housing. New York: Norton & Company Inc., 2003.

Stavrides, Stavros. Common Space: The City as Commons. London. Zed Books, 2016.

Still, Judith. Derrida and Hospitality: Theory and Practice. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

Warsza, Joanna (Ed.). I Can’t Work Like This, A Reader On Boycotts and Contemporary Art. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2017.

Wigley, Mark. White Walls, Designer Dresses. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1996.

Wood, Dennis., Robert Beck. Home Rules. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1994.



Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

Ballard, J.G. High-Rise. New York: Liveright, 1975.

Beatty, Paul. The Sellout. London: Oneworld Publications, 2016.

Capote, Truman. Other Voices, Other Rooms. New York: Penguin Random House, 1948.

Coetzee, J.M. Boyhood: Scenes from a Provincial Life. London: Secker & Warburg, 1997.

Le Corbusier. Toward an Architecture. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 1923.

Döblin, Alfred. Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf. London: Continuum, 1929.

García-Márquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude. London: Harper & Row, 1967.

Grass, Günther. The Tin Drum. Munich: Hermann Luchterhand Verlag, 1959.

Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. New York: Dover Publications, 1879.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. Boston: Houghton Miffin, 2003.

Lee, Chang Rae. A Gesture Life. New York: Riverhead Books, 1999.

Mann, Thomas. Buddenbrooks. London: Vintage U.K. Random House, 1901.

More, Thomas. Utopia. London: Penguin Classics, 1516.

Ontdaatje, Michael. Running in the Family. London: Vintage U.K. Random House, 1982.
Pamuk, Orhan. Snow. London: Faber and Faber, 2002.

Perec, Georges. Species of Spaces. London: Penguin Classics, 1974.

Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own. Eastford: Martino Fine Books, 1929.


From Turkey

Argın, Şükrü. Nostalji ile Ütopya Arasında. Istanbul: İletişim, 2003.

Argın, Şükrü. Gezi’nin Ufkundan: Liberal Demokrasinin Krizi, Kamusallık ve Sol. Istanbul: Agora Kitaplığı, 2014.

Argın, Şükrü. Yaşlanan İnsanlık, Gençleşen Kapitalizm. Istanbul: Agora Kitaplığı, 2009.

Candan, Ayfer Bartu ve Cenk Özbay (Eds.). Yeni İstanbul Çalışmaları Sınırlar, Mücadeleler. Açılımlar. Istanbul: Metis, 2014.

Candan, Ayfer Bartu and Biray Kolluoğlu. "Emerging Spaces of Neoliberalism: A Gated Town and a Public Housing Project in Istanbul." New Perspectives on Turkey 39, (2008), 5-46.

Ender, Rita. İsmiyle Yaşamak. Istanbul: İletişim, 1984.
Gürkaş, Ezgi Tuncer ve Tayfun Gürkaş. "Yemeğin ve Kentsel Mekânın Temellük Edilmesi." Manifold October 2016,

Gürkaş, Ezgi Tuncer. "Yemeğin ve Kentin Mutenalaştırılması: Hipsterlar Ne Kadar Sorumlu?." Manifold July 2016,

Gürkaş, Ezgi Tuncer and Burcu Tüm. "Re-production of Urban Space through Food: Syrian Diners in Fatih, Istanbul." (Conference presentation, Berlin Istanbul Lecture Series - Urban Space and Refugees, Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, October 27-28, 2016).

Öğüt, Evrim Hikmet. "Müzik göçmenin ne işine yarar?" Birikim 320, (2015), 72-76.

Öğüt, Evrim Hikmet. "Geçici Göçün Sesleri: Istanbul’daki Keldani-Iraklı Göçmenlerin Müzik Pratikleri." Alternatif Politika 8:3, (2016), 460-473.

Zeybek, Sezai Ozan. "Fennî Ormancılığın Keçiler ve Köylülerle İmtihanı: Sömürge İmparatorluklarından Ulus Devletlere Orman Koruma." Toplum ve Bilim 137, (2016), 129-153.

Zeybek, Sezai Ozan. "Biyopolitika, güvenlik ve anti-piyasalar: Türkiye’de endüstriyel hayvancılığın seyri." Toplum ve Bilim 138:39, (2016), 105-124.