art & culture



Why think about art and (audio-)visual culture from a queer perspective? In order to criticize dominant symbolic orders, as well as to develop queer cultural politics? If representation does not simply depict or imitate something absent, but functions as production of meaning and social reality, it has a political dimension. Yet, why would one call certain aesthetic strategies or cultural politics queer? Is there something like queer art? What does is mean to queer dominant symbolic orders? What does it mean to exert sociopolitical struggles through aesthetic means?

According to theories of hegemony, late modern governance operates less through repression and more through gaining consent for social inequalities and capitalist socioeconomic orders. Such processes of consensus production depend on cultural products and practices, like movies, literature, news, documentaries, photography, music, and visual art, that influence what is called common sense. Yet, under which conditions do cultural practices reproduce and stabilize normative power constellations, and when do they have resistant or subversive effects? Is there a difference between everyday and artistic, between social or cultural practices? How do they differ or intertwine? What does it mean to break compliance via cultural means, in a fictional space or a utopian time?

FORMER EVENTS

Rearranging Space through GESTURE

Gestures move faster than speech. And the signals of human body presence dominate and determine space. Come explore the unspoken codes and wordless translations of human interaction at the Saal Lun* with the Secret/Common/Mean Languages team.

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Secret Languages – Common/Mean Languages

Secret Languages – Common/Mean Languages is a workshop series which explores the multiple (and often silenced/hidden) experiences and strategies young people use for dealing with the language of authority and power asymmetries. Focusing on the creative uses of everyday languages among youth in crafting alliances across differences and disagreements, the project will address the potentials of conflict in mobilizing […]

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Caring for Conflict

is asking for creative practices in dealing with conflicts. Conflict zones, belligerence, the joy of irritation, quarreling techniques, utopias of disagreement: How to live conflicts? What can we learn from each other to respond in conflicts with more than silence or aggression? How do different experiences connect to new forms of quarrel?

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Rather Ridiculous!

Bossing Images 7
Thu July 14, 2016, Agora Collective
guests: Werner Hirsch, Ismael Ogando and an art work by Susan Silton,
plus a screening of “N.O.Body” with an introduction by Renate Lorenz

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Embracing the Ridiculous

the Institute for Queer Theory celebrates its 10th anniversary!

June 24, 2016 at the Ballhaus Berlin

art auction and contributions by Nana Adusei-Poku, Anna Daučíková, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Giegold & Weiß, Judith Jack Halberstam, Werner Hirsch, Renate Lorenz, Mindj Panther, Nic Kay, Redecker-Sissies, TAKA TAKA from the House of Hopelezz, concert and reunion of Rhythm King and her Friends. And DJ*s shushu, SchwarzRund, Kan Chi

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Sexual Politics, the Law, and the Question of Representation

event seriess, diverse locations in Hamburg, spring 2007

Sexual politics are highly controversial and impact social, political, and legal conflicts – abortion, HIV/Aids prevention and medical care, lesbian and gay parenting and adoption rights, drag king shows, the so-called homo memorials in Vienna and Berlin, or struggles to acknowledge the medical treatment of intersexual persons as a human rights violation are just a few current examples. What is the role of media and cultural representation as well as the arts in upholding as well as transgressing hegemonic knowledge and habits?

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