Office of Speculative Neighborship
Spectate or Speculate!
at Portland City Hall
(in collaboration with Eric J Olson)
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler won office in spring 2016 promising the creation of an Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs to educate landlords and tenants, clarify rights and responsibilities, and mediate disputes. In the spirit of Portland D.I.Y., we thought, why wait? So we created a mobile, faux office on a bicycle trailer as a research project asking the question, what can art do that government can't?
The Mobile Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs (a subsidiary of the Office of Speculative Neighborship) explored the American Dream of housing security and "sold" Wall Street investment products that pose as for supply-side solutions to the housing crisis.
We invited the public to maximize their profits through Real Estate Investment Trusts, and the response was overwhelming! "Are you worried about rent being too damn high? Do you want to secure your financial future? Do you want to get your slice of the pie, or do you want to watch from the sidelines? In today’s overheated real estate market, The Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs brings you a fun new way to get in on the speculation spectacle! Why deal with the headaches of being a landlord when you can invest in housing the high-tech modern way…. from far far away? Let’s speculate our future away!" (June 1 2018)