News 04 May 2017, 18:30

Discussion with Barrie Kosky: A Queer Approach to Wagner

This summer the artistic director of the Komische Oper Berlin, Barrie Kosky, will present his first production at Bayreuth – as a self-declared “gay jewish kangaroo.” As always, he will approach the work Wagner from a queer perspective. But what exactly is this queer perspective? And how does a gay Aussie experience the orgiastic and overpowering music of Richard Wagner? Kosky himself describes his relationship to Wagner as “It’s complicated”. He shares this complicated relationship with many homosexuals of the past.

In 1873 Dr. Th. Puschmann published Richard Wagner - A Pychiatric Study, in which he argues the composer was “mentally not normal” due to his interest in the ”love between men.” In Bayreuth and Homosexuality (1895), Oskar Panizza describes Parsifal as “compensatory satisfaction for paederasts.” Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso calls Wagner “un psicopatico sessuale” (“a sexual psychopath”) in Genio e degenerazione (Genuis and Degeneration, 1897). Walter Pater, teacher of Oscar Wilde, writes about the Tannhäuser myth in 1877. Tannhäuser, as the story of a man torn between the sensual frenzy of the Venusberg and the chaste world of Christian knighthood, is often seen by homosexual men as a metaphor for their own lives, for example in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890/91). Siegfried Wagner called Tannhäuser his “favorite opera” and staged it at his last festival as a director in 1930 – a homoerotic triumph, despite protests from national-conservative Wagnerians.

How do critics and audience react today when you interpret Wagner in a queer way? Will they protest and try to intervene, like in 1930? How did Barrie Kosky experience homophobia in the opera world over the years, how does he still experience homophobia as director of Komische Oper? How does he cope with permanent hostility, especially from gay critics?

Barrie Kosky is our guest in the context of our Siegfried Wagner exhibition. He will discuss opera, Wagner, queer perspectives and homophobia with curator Dr. Kevin Clarke. The two already discussed Tchaikovsky and homosexuality publicly on RBB radio in 2016.

In a statement for our Wagner exhibition, Kosky said, regarding Richard Wagner: “His obsession with pink silk lingerie and corsets, which were revealed in the last decades, point to Wagner being a cross-dresser. Parsifal composed in Lingerie! What a thought!!!”

Find out what else Kosky has to say on 4 May, 6.30pm. (Admission: 4€)

News 05 May 2017, 19:00 - 05 May 2017

Performance: Mirrors of Gnosis with Michael Daoud

Life is too short and fabulous to sit around feeling sorry for the person we actually aren't. I have slowly found my mentors along my journey. These people inspire me to live by my own expectation and to never mold myself around what others want. When one realize that no person who walks this earth is perfect, we find the power to accept ourself. We naturally become adaptive and free to live the most exceptional life.

When we realize our own worth, we will look back and realize the path that took us there was not an easy one at all. My back was up against the wall before I started pushing back.

This is why I can vouch for the fact that I was not always that way. I only discovered my light when it was the darkest it could ever have been. Left with no tears left to cry and nowhere to turn, I finally turned toward myself, I found my own voice and it was magical.

Mirrors of Gnosis is a fictional documentary production about the endless journey with cultural reflections of the newcomers, demarcations and sexual orientation.

 

A Performance by Michael Daoud (Website | Facebook)

Born in Latakia, Syria, grew up in Egypt, studied in Syria and live now in Berlin, Germany. He is a visual artist and performer. As an artist and researcher he is interested in the relationship of the body and the soul out of time as well as in Ancient Near East mythology thinking and formative body postures.

News 07 May 2017, 16:00

Artist Talk: Ming Wong & Aykan Safoğlu

Since 2010, Berlin based Ming Wong and Aykan Safoglu have deepened their artistic friendship and creative collaboration as they travelled together from Kreuzberg 36 to the backstreets of Istanbul, reflecting on the echo of bygone “gazino” night-clubs and the after-image of abandoned cinemas.

Come and share their heart-to-heart exchange of gossip, analysis and questioning of the queer legacy of Turkish cinema and popular culture on memory, belonging and identity, through their meanderings along the edges of artistic practice, ethics, and common grounds informed by their queer artistic migration along the frontiers between Europe and Asia.

News 07 May 2017, 18:30 - 07 May 2017

Queer Kitchen - Was auf dem Spiel steht: Politische Kämpfe mit und ohne Identität

Lange Zeit war die Überzeugung, ein gemeinsames und identisches Diskriminierungsschicksal zu teilen, Dreh- und Angelpunkt sexueller, geschlechtlicher und anderer, z.B. antirassistischer Emanzipationspolitiken. Das Bekenntnis zu einer solchen gemeinsamen Identität, die im politischen Kampf stark und wertvoll gemacht werden soll, gehört klassischerweise zum schwulen und lesbischen Comingout. Queerpolitik hat seit den 1990er Jahren diese Gemeinsamkeit infrage gestellt und Identität als Grundlage politischer Organisation abgelehnt, weil mit der sogenannten Identitätspolitik Vereinheitlichungszwänge einhergehen würden und andere Ungleichheitsverhältnisse in den Hintergrund träten. Neuerdings sieht sich "Queer" aber selbst dem Vorwurf ausgesetzt, Identitätspolitik zu betreiben. Die Siege der Rechtpopulist*innen würden auf das Konto einer übertriebenen, auch queeren, Identitätspolitik gehen.

Was ist dran an diesem Vorwurf? Was steht bei politischen Kämpfen mit und ohne Identität jeweils auf dem Spiel, und müssen sie sich überhaupt ausschließen? In dieser Queer Kitchen wollen wir nach einem kurzen Input von Volker Woltersdorff zur Geschichte und Zielsetzung von Identitätspolitiken gemeinsam darüber diskutieren, welches Verhältnis wir zu welchen Identitäten einnehmen können und wollen. Wir wollen respektvoll unterschiedliche Beweggründe austauschen und ausloten, welche Konfliktlinien sich daraus ergeben und wie wir sie bearbeiten können.

Volker Woltersdorff alias Lore Logorrhöe ist freischaffender Kulturwissenschaftler und Queertheoretiker und daneben ist er Bio-Bauer auf einen kleinen Hof im Berliner Speckgürtel.

News 14 May 2017, 16:00

A presentation on porn by Emre Busse

After migrating to Germany in the 1970s, Şevket Şahin founded the porn production company TRIMAX in Hessen, Germany in 1998. He directed and produced his films in Turkey and Germany for his own company. TRIMAX grew and was one of the forces behind the ethnic pornography trend in German mainstream porn and in Europe.

Noticing the attention TRIMAX was getting, the Hamburg-based porn production company Zip Production joined the race. Zip produced around fifteen gay porn movies in almost ten cities within six years after beginning to shoot in Turkey in 2000. They worked with amateur porn actors to create an urban-based poetic narrative in various cities such as ‘Men of Adana’, ‘Men of İstanbul’, ‘Men of Antalya’, ‘Men of İzmir’, ‘Men of Ankara’, ‘Men of Bursa’ and ‘Men of Edirne’ to complete the ‘Ahmed’s Fuck Tour’ series.

During this time TRIMAX also began shooting the gay porn series ‘Istanbul Boys’ in Turkey alongside their other words. The movies in the series have titles such as ‘Burning Asses’, ‘Let’s Enjoy It From the Butt’, ‘Horny Youngsters’, ‘Every Night From the Ass’, ‘C’mon and Drive Me’, ‘My Jealous Guy’, ‘Hungry For Ass’ and ‘Fuck Me Ali’.

One of the two curators of the exhibition ‘ğ – queer forms migrate’, Emre Busse works on pornography and representations of the body. Busse will give a presentation on ethnic-poetic pornography and the mainstream homo-orientalist, sex-positive body representation in the Middle East based on the movies produced by TRIMAX and Zip Productions during the 2000s.

This event is not suitable for audiences under 18 years of age.

This presentation is part of the side event program of "ğ- soft g - queer forms migrate"

*This side event will be in English

“ğ – the soft g” is supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Further information: www.schwulesmuseum.de

#dasweicheg #thesoftg

Admission:
4 EUR (The tickets are only valid for this event and allow access to the exhibitions at Schwules Museum*. Admission begins 30 Minutes prior)

News 17 May 2017, 18:00

Artist talk - Keith King & Hasan Aksaygin

Keith King is a Ugandan LGBTQ activist and artist. He has been working with the community in Uganda for the last 4 years. He is Creative Director and Founder of The Queer Collective, an artists’ initiative that promotes queer art and culture as a means of advocating for LGBTQ equality in Uganda.

Event in english.

News 18 May 2017, 18:30

Szenen und Gesänge aus Opern von Siegfried Wagner

Das auf CD verfügbare Siegfried-Wagner-Repertoire wäre deutlich ärmer ohne die Einspielungen der Sopranistin Rebecca Broberg. Neben zahlreichen Liederabenden in den USA und in Deutschland faszinierte sie mit intensiver Darstellung auf der Bühne, etwa in der Uraufführung von "Father, Have You Cursed Me?" (The Siegfried Wagner Story) in Philadelphia sowie als Venus, Kundry, Senta, Elsa, Brünnhilde und Isolde. Im WDR und Deutschlandradio Kultur war sie in der Übertragung der Oper "Der Heidenkönig" von Siegfried Wagner als Gelwa zu erleben (auch auf CD), ebenso in Deutschlandradio Kultur und im BR mit der weiblichen Hauptpartie in Siegfried Wagners "Der Kobold" (Foto oben), als Friedelind in Siegfried Wagners "Der Schmied von Marienburg", als Königin in Anton Urspruchs "Das Unmöglichste von Allem" sowie als Katherlies’chen in der Übertragung von Siegfried Wagners "An Allem ist Hütchen Schuld!" in Deutschlandradio Kultur (die DVD erscheint demnächst bei Naxos).

Von ihrer intensiven Beschäftigung mit deutschsprachigen Liedern zeugen eine Reihe von Liederabenden und diverse CDs, u. a. mit sämtlichen Liedern von Siegfried Wagner (Marco Polo), mit sämtlichen Liedern von Ludwig Thuille und ausgewählten Liedern von Alexander Zemlinsky und Anton Urspruch, sowie mit einer Gesamteinspielung der Lieder und Gesänge von Erich J. Wolff (auf 6 CDs).

Ulrich Urban, geboren in Frankfurt/Oder, studierte an der Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig, wo er ab 1991 eine Professor für Klavier innehatte. Er spielte als Solist u. a. mit der Hamburger und Dresdner Philharmonie, dem Gewandhaus Leipzig, dem Berliner Sinfonieorchester, der Staatskapelle Weimar, mit Orchestern im europäischen Ausland und südlichen Afrika. Mit einer Reihe deutscher Rundfunkorchester hat er mehr als zwanzig Klavierkonzerte aufgenommen, darunter C. Ph. E. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Weber, Dvorak, Pfitzner, Reger, Richard Strauss, Ravel, und weitere Werke des 20. Jahrhunderts. Dabei wurde immer wieder seine durchsichtige und erlebnishafte Wiedergabe der kompakt verdichteten Werke aus der Zeit der Spätromantik hervorgehoben.
Oftmals war er als Kammermusikpartner namhafter Instrumentalisten und Sänger tätig und über einen begrenzten Zeitraum auch als Dirigent an einigen mitteldeutschen Orchestern.

Konzerte und Meisterkurse führten ihn auch mehrfach nach Südamerika, Japan, Südafrika und in die USA, zuletzt 2009 mit einem Klavierabend zum 200. Geburtstag Mendelssohns in der Nationalgalerie Washington. Seine zahlreichen CD-Aufnahmen umfassen alle Stilepochen seit Bach, setzen jedoch einen Schwerpunkt in der Musik des Überganges vom späten 19. zum frühen 20. Jahrhundert.

Gemeinsam mit Rebecca Broberg spielte er zwei CDs ein und gestaltete u. a. das Konzert am Vorabend der Eröffnung der Bayreuther Festspiele 2013 – mit Szenen und Arien von Richard und Siegfried Wager.

Eintritt: 4 Euro

In Zusammenarbeit mit der Internationalen Siegfried Wagner Gesellschaft e. V. und pianopianissimo-musiktheater, Berlin.

News 25 May 2017, 15:00

Hair salon with Sabuha Salaam

Sabuha  is a queer public figure. She likes to work with people as hair dresser, belly dancer, reading tea leaves and tarot cards. Furthermore, she is co-organizer of the Oriental Party Gayhane for LGBTIQ* people. She would not have thought that her career path would lead her into a museum one day - but now the time has come!

This event will be in German.

News 25 May 2017, 18:30

Die Verschwörung der Opernschwulen. Oder: Homophobie im internationalen Opernbetrieb. Eine Podiumsdiskussion

Man könnte meinen, das Thema Homosexualität in der Opernwelt sei heute kein Problem mehr – aber weit gefehlt. Erst im September 2016 schilderte die Kritikerin Eleonore Büning in der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, dass „auffallend viele Schwule Oper toll“ fänden, aber dass ihre Begeisterung so „wahnsinnig anstrengend“ sei. Mehr noch: Die Opernschwulen würden sich neuerdings auch als politische Gruppe zusammenrotten, um Künstler_innen wie der georgischen Sopranistin Tamar Iveri das Berufsleben schwer zu machen, nachdem diese homophobe Bemerkungen auf Facebook gepostet hatte. Die Folge: Das gay friendly Opernhaus Sydney, wo Iveri auftreten sollte, schmiss sie raus! Büning findet das unerhört und unfair. Später erklärte sie gegenüber dem Schwulen Museum*, dass sie auch über unsere Siegfried-Wagner-Ausstellung voraussichtlich nicht berichten könne, weil das nicht in die FAZ passe. Warum genau, muss offen bleiben. Und wieso Le Monde aus Frankreich und El Mundo aus Spanien darüber berichten konnten, nicht aber die FAZ, bleibt weiterhin ein Geheimnis der deutschen Medienlandschaft.

Da fragt man sich schon, wie offen der Umgang mit dem Thema Homosexualität in der Opernwelt eigentlich ist. Der Blogger Johannes Kram hat eine gepfefferte (analytische) Büning-Replik veröffentlicht unter dem Titel „Die Verschwörung der Opernschwulen“ und gezeigt, dass es hier um knallharte Machtpolitik geht, die sich hinter einer schöngeistigen Feuilletonfassade versteckt. Und es geht um ideologische Grundsätze: Indem man manchen Themen keine Plattform gibt, verschafft man entsprechenden Gruppen keine Sichtbarkeit. Und wenn, dann nur eine negative, vor der man sich fürchten muss!

Unlängst brannte die Diskussion abermals auf, als ZEIT-Opernkritikern Christine Lemke-Matwey das komplette Kreativteam der Eduard II-Premiere an der Deutschen Oper Berlin „outete“ und beklagte, dass nicht mal Schwule selbst in der Lage seien, ein schwules Sujet künstlerisch wertvoll auf die Opernbühne zu bringen. Mit dem Verweis: Da sollten die Operntunten doch lieber Musik auf einer Gay Cruise im Mittelmeer machen, statt Staatssubventionen zu vergeuden. Es hagelte Proteste, u. a. vom Deutschen Bühnenverein. Aber war der satirisch zugespitzte Artikel von Lemke-Matwey wirklich homophob? Geht es nicht auch um homosexuelle Souveränität im Umgang mit Kritik?

Und wie homophob sind schwule Kritiker selbst, wenn sie sich lautstark über zu viel Cross-dressing und nackte Männerhaut in Inszenierungen von Barrie Kosky an der Komischen Oper Berlin beklagen oder wenn sie ihrerseits Eduard II verteufen? Wer darf da im aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Klima wie über wen sprechen? Frau Lemke-Matwey sagt selbst, sie habe das Gefühl, dass sich linker wie rechter wie schwuler Diskurs derzeit auf eine höchst ungute Art gegenseitig verstärken. "Humor wird da ebenso wenig verlangt wie freies Denken."

Über all diese Aspekte diskutieren wir im Rahmen der Siegfried-Wagner-Ausstellung mit Johannes Kram (Nollendorfblog), dem Opernkritiker Manuel Brug (Die Welt) und mit Christine Lemke-Matwey (Die Zeit) selbst. Hat sich das Klima in den letzten Jahren verändert, wie steht das deutsche Feuilleton im internationalen Vergleich da und gibt’s inzwischen mehr offen schwul-lesbische oder Trans* Künstler_innen im Opernbetrieb? Wieso kann ein Stardirigent wie Christian Thielemann nicht über deine sexuelle Orientierung und über seinen Lebenspartner in Interviews sprechen? Schadet ein „Outing“ nach wie vor einer Karriere im wertkonservativen Klassikbetrieb? Wieso sind ausgerechnet hochgebildete elitäre Opernfans (und Opernkritiker_innen) so reaktionär?

Die Moderation übernimmt Kurator Dr. Kevin Clarke; Fragen des Publikums sind erwünscht.

Eintritt 4 Euro

 

 

News 26 May 2017, 17:00

Mama ğ - A talk with queer artist Aykan Safoğlu and his Mother Nevin Safoğlu

"In 1942 my Mom - Nevin Safoğlu - was born in Istanbul, where she lives to this day. She retired shortly after she had given birth to me at age 42. Following her career in the banking sector she is now working for a cosmetics company at age 75. Back in 2009 I interviwed her for Kaos GL - a queer magazine from Ankara. We started this conversation with a recording device in my kitchen in Berlin, where she paid me a visit. It wasn't easy to find a 'common tongue'. After a while we began to argue - because I was her son and she was my mother. I told her what she was saying was not truthful and she insisted, that she could not express herself...
Remembering the moments we did not listen to each other, did not go without tension. At the peak of tension we put the recording device aside and continued with pen and paper. I wrote down questions. And she answered... As mother and son we found a method helping to prevent that our speechlessness or all the things we were not able to experience together spoiled our conversation today. We wanted to copy each other like elementary school kids playing 'Stadt - Land - Fluss' (a childs game. Translated: 'City - Country - River') - resulting in a discontenting conversation.
On May 26 we will try to become closer again in a public conversation. In the process we will talk about parenting, queerness, my artistic work, our 'chosen families' and migration."
This conversation will be in Turkish, consecutively translated into German.

News 28 May 2017, 21:30

Screening: »Trans X Istanbul«

Mobile Kino presents: Film program with Maria Binder and Ebru Kırancı at Urban Spree (Revaler Str. 99/Friedrichshain).

'Trans X Istanbul (Turkish with English subtitles)' will meet their Berlin audience in an open air screening that will be followed by a panel discussion (in Turkish and German)

Thousands of Trans*Women live in the big cities of Turkey. Crimes against Trans*Women are mostly not investigated. Ebru, a Trans*Woman from Istanbul fights against the displacement and murder of her companions. She wants to change Turkish society with humour, self-irony and political acumen. She meets Margarethe, a 85-year-old German retired nurse and establishes with her an retirement home for Trans*. The film shows how hate crime works as a system. Urban transformation of Istanbul and the protests around the Gezi Park in 2013 resonate throughout the film.

Website Trans X Istanbul

Trailer: vimeo.com/92392734

Award: Special Mention Face Award 2014

News 29 May 2017, 18:00

Finissage - Artist Talk: Erinç Seymen

We would like to invite you to our closing event of the exhibition “ğ – queer forms migrate” and to celebrate with an artist talk at Schwules Museum*. Participating artist Erinç Seymen will hold a talk focusing on his artistic practices alongside co-curator of the exhibition Emre Busse.
Erinç Seymen was born in Istanbul, where he continues to live and work, and studied at Mimar Sinan University and Yıldız Technical University. Recent exhibitions include the solo shows The Seed and The Bullet, Rampa, Istanbul (2012); Man Jam, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (2007), and group shows Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (2013) and Panorama. Landscapes 2013-1969, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2013).

Event in English

“ğ – the soft g” is supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Picture: Erinç Seymen - Sweet Memories 1

News 01 June 2017, 18:30

Scenes from Operas: Siegfried Wagner II

With introductions and further explanations by Peter P. Pachl (curator and biographer of Siegfried Wagner).

The ungarian-romanian soprano Annamária Kászoni already sang in La Grand Macabre, Carmina Burana and Hoffmanns Erzählungen in the Vienna concert hall.
Igor Horvat began his studies music academy Zagreb. Recently he has been invited to Aspen Music Festival as Vocal Coach Fellow. 

For the concert, the musicians will use a piano A-170 of the Bayreuth-manufactory Steingraeber & Söhne. www.steingraeber.de

In cooperation with "Pianopianissimo-Musiktheater"

News 03 June 2017, 20:00 - 03 June 2017

Femmosphere - Screening of Short Films by Coral Short and Lo Pecado

Coral Short and Lo Pecado host a selection of short, tough, and tender films that celebrate, revere, and give insight into femininity. From the dystopian lens of Femmes- challenged by invisibility, misogyny (regardless of genitals), and emotional labor- to the utopian gaiety of fabulous Femme magic, come revel with us in the many facets of Femme. Join us in witnessing the witchy powers and healing energies of femme from deep inside the museum*.

Englisch Language. Admission from 8 pm onwards, Screening at 9 pm.

News 04 June 2017, 19:00

QUEER, KUNST + UTOPIE - filmscreening und artist talk

Der Dokumentarfilm QUEER, KUNST + UTOPIE zeigt zeitaktuelle Kurzportraits von Queeren Künstler*innen in Berlin. In den 82 Filmminuten sprechen sie authentisch & persönlich über sich selbst, ihre Kunst und Visionen. In ihrer Kunst werden die miteinander verwobenen Themen Gender und Körper verhandelt, letzteres insbesondere als Projektions- und Reflektionsfläche. Doch die Queere Kunst bleibt nicht in der Genderdimension verhaftet: Gesellschaftskritik, eigens erlebte Ausgrenzungserlebnisse, Zugehörigkeit zu Minderheitengruppen verschiedenster Couleur (Trans*, Herkunft, Sexarbeit, Polyamourie, BDSM, u.a.). Diese Multidiversität der Themen, die sich teils überschneidenden Arbeitsansätze und Motivationen, spiegelt die Bandbreite der interviewten Queeren Künstler*innen wieder und gibt Einblicke in eine Berliner Oase im Jahr 2016.

Einlass um 19:00, Screening um 20:00. Im Anschluß: Künstler*innengespräch und Bar. Eintritt 3-6 EUR.

Ein Film von sissi. Beteiligte Künstler*innen: Yori Gagarim, Kay Garnellen, Sigrid Grajek, Kaey, Malte, Henna Räsänen, Mimi Monstroe, Tomka Weiss, Jenny Tale, Atlanta Athens, Tali Tiller, Lun Ario, Linda Havenstein, Mascha, Simon Schultz, Türe Zeybek, Magda Wystub, Alex Giegold, Ann Antidote und sissi. 

dokumentarfilm, 82 min, 2017, sissi // www.zweizwei.com

News 08 June 2017, 18:30

Szenen aus Opern Siegfried Wagners III

Mit Einführungen und Werkerläuterungen von Peter P. Pachl (Siegfried-Wagner-Biograph).

Thorsten Scharnke erhielt seine Gesangsausbildung an der Hamburger Musikhochschule. Er war Ensemblemitglied am Stadttheater Würzburg, an den Städtischen Bühnen Münster und am Staatstheater Oldenburg. Gastverträge führten ihn u. a. an das Staatstheater Kassel, die Deutsche Oper Berlin, die Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, die Staatsoper Hamburg, das Staatstheater Darmstadt, die Deutsche Oper am Rhein, die Staatsoper Hannover sowie an das Nationaltheater Mannheim. Sein Repertoire umfasst Partien wie Loge (Das Rheingold), Siegmund (Die Walküre), Max (Der Freischütz), Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), Florestan (Fidelio) sowie die Titelpartien in Tannhäuser und Parsifal. In der Uraufführung von Siegfried Wagners Oper Die heilige Linde gestaltete er den Fritigern (auch auf CD).

Der Pianist Werner Marihart, in Wien geboren, studierte zunächst bei Prof. S. Dressler Klavier. Er ist erster Preisträger des Gisela-Gurtner-Klavierwettbewerbes. An der Hochschule seiner Heimatstadt absolvierte er bei Prof. H. Swarowsky zusätzlich ein Studium zum Kapellmeister. Werner Marihart ist Kammermusikpartner u.a. von Werner Hink (Konzertmeister der Wiener Philharmoniker), dem Wiener Philharmonischen Streichquartett und dem Telemann Collegium Herford. Als Lied- und Arienbegleiter musizierte er international u.a. mit Karl Ridderbusch, Dale Duesing, Gaetano Bardini und Mark Coles sowie mit Doreen deFeis auf Einladung in Taipeh. Gemeinsam mit der Mezzosopranistin Ulrike Meyer-Krahmer bildet er das "Duo M". Als Dirigent gastiert er regelmäßig mit der Nordwestdeutschen und der Südwestfälischen Philharmonie sowie der Neuen Philharmonie Westfalen. Seit Jahren unterrichtet Werner Marihart an der Musikhochschule Detmold, Abteilung. Münster, an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster, an der Landesmusikakademie in Heek und in der musikalischen Bildungsstätte Schloss Weikersheim. Seine Konzerttätigkeiten führten ihn nach Griechenland, Italien, Österreich, in die Niederlande und nach Taiwan.

Gespielt wird ein Flügel A-170 der Bayreuther Klaviermanufaktur Steingraeber & Söhne. www.steingraeber.de

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Pianopianissimo-Musiktheater

News 11 June 2017, 18:30

Queer Kitchen: Queeres Engagement und Politik in der Migration Gespräch mit Birolina Ana(l)Dill

In der nächsten Queer Kitchen haben wir Birolina Ana(l)Dill zu Gast. Der „Berliner Türke mit queerer Ana(l)zunge“ erzählt von seinen persönlichen und politischen Stationen in der Berliner queeren Migrant_innen-Community seit 1990. Er berichtet von seiner Migration und dem Leben in der Illegalität, vom Coming Out und von interkultureller Arbeit im HIV/AIDS-Bereich; vom Netzwerk SLIB (Schwul-lesbische Internationale in Berlin e.V.), von der Arbeit bei GLADT e.V. (Gay and Lesbians aus der Türkei in Deutschland) und von seinem neuen Projekt Cabaret Sultana. Wir diskutieren mit ihm über Rassismus in der Berlin-deutschen Queer-Szene und migrantischer anti-rassistischer Organisation.

News 13 July 2017, 20:00

»Mein wunderbares Westberlin« - Panel

Schwules Museum* will show excerpts of MEIN WUNDERBARES WEST-BERLIN on July 13th 2017 in the presence of the film's director. Following, Jochen Hick, Dr. Birgit Bosold, Dorothée von Diepenbroik, Khary Polk, Naomi No Donath and Karl-Heinz Steinle will discuss work in archives and politics of memory. Admission 8 pm, Begin 8:30 pm.

MEIN WUNDERBARES WEST-BERLIN takes us on a fascinating, gay journey through time: The 50's and 60's with its lively subculture in in the shadow of §175; the 70's, time of social upheavals and pioneering emancipation movement; and the 80's, heavily influenced by the differentiation of queer life, but also by the devastating impact of Aids.

Director Jochen Hick interviews prominent and less prominent protagonists: activists and hedonists, travesty-stars and museum's founders, directors and club-owners, designers and djs. They recount personal and societal struggles, remember secret gazes and ecstatic sex, legendary parties and indignant protests, passionate quarrels and unexpected alliances. With additional never-seen-before material from the archive of Schwules Museum*, a fascinating mirror view of West-Berlin - and its societal heritage - is created.

Admission 8 pm | Screening 8:30 pm | Facebook-Event | Tickets

 

 

News 20 July 2017, 16:30

“Keep on Dancing Till The World Ends”

A Manifestation-Parade from Motzstraße 24 (Speisekammer im Eldorado) to Schwules Museum*, Lützowstrasse 73, led by Dusty Whistles.

Starting at the foot of the former legendary “Eldorado,” Dusty Whistles, posthuman drag monolith and queen of the night, will perform an invocation redrawing the lines through the past of our queer ancestry towards our very uncertain futures, drenched in the pregnancy of our temporal becomings. It is a call for strength, a recentering in struggle, and a song of gratitude for those whom we have lost, ending in a parade, prancing through the local “gayborhood,” accompanied by song, poetry, dance, and drag performance. 

Dusty Whistles is a posthuman drag performer and multidisciplinary artist coming from New York. Her drag persona is a living network of relation expressed through a point of multiple intersections of lifeforms and experiences. She has been a resident of Berlin for the last 10 years, participating in the cities political counter culture and artistic communities. She is self taught in her artistic disciplines, and came of age as a drag performer under the care and community fostered by the immortal goddess Olympia Bukkakis. She is the “mother”/founder of Faux Real, Berlin’s first and only drag performance night featuring exclusively the art of women and trans drag performers, and her work has been shown in various drag performance evenings in Berlin’s nightlife. She has also shown her work in Berlin’s artistic institutions, such as the nGbK, Schwules Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Volksbühne Rote Salon, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, and the Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben.

Meeting point: Motzstraße 24/at the corner of Kalckreuthstraße

Event in English with German translation.

This event is part of the public programme in association with the exhibition »Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017«, running from July 21st till October 16th at Schwules Museum*.

News 20 July 2017, 19:00 - 22 July 2017

Reconnective Cruising™

At various stages throughout the exhibition, Daniel Bernhard Cremer (aka “GAIABOI” – his ecosexual hippie-persona) will be physically present and on display at the Schwules Museum*. As a live exhibit, his presence aims to demonstrate cultural techniques of “gay cruising” whilst offering the possibility of intimate encounter to any and all visitors of Odarodle. Like an interpreter at an open-air museum or a human specimen in an ethnological exposition, GAIABOI will perform symbolic gestures and forms of social exchange in a manner that claims authenticity as much as it is fictional. His own apparent embodiment – white, cis-male, German, and possibly gay – exaggerates the supposed “subject” of the Schwules Museum* itself, in order to problematize approaches in representing “Otherness.” By emphasizing the set of fictions that maintain the ethnological gaze and using the dynamics of “seeing and being seen” playfully, GAIABOI will not only reproduce “gay cruising” as a sexually ambiguous performance, but also attempt to redefine what intimate exchange between strangers can be and mean – all according to his personal wish to become a “Walking Retreat Center.” 100% Anonymous and Discrete, 100% Unconditional!

Daniel Bernhard Cremer / GAIABOI (1983, Mönchengladbach, West Germany) works as an author, performer, and director. As a director, he staged operas, co-created collectively written plays, and initiated participatory projects by and for children as well as grown-ups. After creating a series of performative simulations under the title TALKING STRAIGHT from 2010 - 2014, Daniel was a founding member of the eponymous theatre group and worked with TALKING STRAIGHT until 2016, performing at Studio R / Maxim-Gorki-Theater, Theater Neumarkt Zürich, Münchner Kammerspiele and the "Stückemarkt" of the Berliner Theatertreffen. Solo-performances have been shown at Theater Bremen, Theater Basel, Berlinische Galerie, Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst Bremen and nGbK Berlin (Christopher Street Denial, 2014). As part of his interest in new ways of expressing sexual pleasure and intimacy, Daniel belongs to the ecosexual movement, a current in contemporary art and sexuality that sees the Earth as a lover and aims to invent new practices of relating to nature and humans alike. A recent collaboration with the artist-activist couple Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, who inspired this movement, took place at documenta 14 in Kassel, where he performed in and co-directed the “Ecosexual Walking Tour” as well as giving free sex advice in their performance “Sidewalk Sex Clinic.” His upcoming solo show, “BORN TO MAKE YOU HAPPY” will premiere on September 16th, 2017 at Mousonturm in Frankfurt (Main) as part of the Musikfest Frankfurt.

July 20th 7pm - end; July 21th 2pm - 6pm; July 22th 2pm - 5pm

This event is part of the public programme in association with the exhibition »Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017«, running from July 21st till October 16th at Schwules Museum*.

»Odarodle« is funded by the International Museum Fellowship Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Presented by Siegessäule – we are queer Berlin.

News 21 July 2017, 18:00

»The Five Ages« Performance by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

A floral archaeology that explores the symbolic relationships between human history and plant life, specifically within the context of a queer aesthetics. The work is primarily inspired by postcard images from the “Weissbierstube” in the former Berlin Museum – venue for the 1984 “Eldorado” exhibition. The Weissbierstube was legendary for its Sunday brunch buffet and a meeting point for local West Berlin gay and lesbian activists, artists, and academics. Postcards depict a buffet spread with lavish flower bouquets as decoration. The artist has drawn on these images – and the flowers they show – to develop the piece.

He selects five flowers to symbolize five distinct moments in the history of El Dorado, referencing both its incarnation as nightclub and exhibition, as well as its general application as a legendary, faraway site of utopian longing. The flowers stand in a ceramic vase designed specially for them by the artist. The vase provides each flower with its own distinct opening, while arranging the flowers to interact contrapuntally, creating a bouquet of colliding and overlapping temporalities. A guided tour accompanies the artwork, in which the artist recounts the history of the five ages while preparing and arranging the flowers in the vase.

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (Montreal, 1973) is an artist and diarist. His artistic gestures in sound, video and text contemplate the history of song and the gender of voices, the rendering of love and emotion into language, and the resurrection and manipulation of voices – sung, spoken or screamed. In his work you will find bells, bouquets, enchanted forests, folding screens, gay elders, glitter, gold leaf, love letters, imaginary paintings, madrigals, megaphones, mirrors, naked men, sign language, subtitles, and the voices of birds, boy sopranos, contraltos, countertenors and sirens. Nemerofsky’s work has been exhibited extensively across Canada and throughout Europe. His work is in the permanent collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, the Polin Museum for the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Thielska Galleriet Stockholm and the National Gallery of Canada. He is a PhD Candidate at the Edinburgh College of Art. 

The event will be in English and German language.

www.nemerofsky.ca

This event is part of the public programme in association with the exhibition »Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017«, running from July 21st till October 16th at Schwules Museum*.

»Odarodle« is funded by the International Museum Fellowship Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Presented by Siegessäule – we are queer Berlin.

Photo Credits: Weissbierstube Berlin Museum, Lindenstraße 14

News 23 July 2017, 18:30

Diane Torr: A Man for a Day Forever!

Am 31. Mai ist Diane Torr im Alter von 68 Jahren gestorben. Die Bodyworkerin, Performerin, Autorin und „physische Philosophin“ hielt nicht nur eine Reihe von akademischen Abschlüssen, sondern auch den schwarzen Gürtel dritten Grades in Aikido. Nach ihrem Studium ging sie 1976 nach New York und war dort eine der wichtigsten Protagonistinnen der Kunst- und Performance-Szene. Zusammen mit Bridge Markland kuratierte sie 2002 das legendäre go drag!-Festival in Berlin und wurde in den darauffolgenden Jahren international bekannt mit ihren Man for a Day-Workshops, die die Filmemacherin Katarina Peters in ihrem gleichnamigen Film für die Ewigkeit festgehalten hat. Am 23. Juli wollen wir zur Gedenkveranstaltung Diane Torr: A Man For A Day Forever einladen. Erstmals zu sehen ist an dem Abend ein von Katarina Peters produzierter Zusammenschnitt von Highlights aus Dianes Performances, im Anschluss sprechen Bridge Markland und Katarina Peters über ihre Arbeit und Freundschaft mit Diane.

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News 25 July 2017, 20:00

Babyhay (takesallday)

Taking place as a durational party-performance in the site of original “Eldorado” cabaret – today a gay fetish club – Babyhay appears as the spirit of queer Berlin's past and future in drag. From her bed in the darkroom cellar of Mutschmann's, Babyhay projects her image into the dense void of online space. Her content, aims, and identity are purposefully unclear, and yet, her only constant is that she ceaselessly looks back at us. She lives in a simulated world where everything appears to be comfortable, all is easy access, and with this laissez-faire attitude – the dreamland of the Internet – tries to create an atmosphere that lures and lulls us into hypnosis. She is only able to look at us because we are looking at her: the performance is broadcasted live onto Facebook and Instagram, two of the most widely used social media platforms. She attacks you from anywhere you may be, taking possession of your screen – is she cute or is she annoying, is this comfortable or is this uncanny? Who is she, no, what is she, is she even a “she”? The constant self-recording, self-exposing, the accumulating selfie-tyranny that pollutes all feeds, all streams, all lines of communication is made possible by the long duration of the performance as well as the use of multiple devices, from computers to smart phones to tablets. The event is open to the public on site, as well as viewable online, and will be accompanied by live DJ sets, drinks, and audience participation.

Mutschmanns: – legendary transvestite bar, and also the site of the gay disco Querelle and, before its transformation into Mutschmanns, Cafe Connection. The venue has been a gay establishment since 1926, a sign of the various times and attitudes that have come to shape nightlife and celebration cultures. Babyhay addresses this history but also performs the mutability of bodies as images on display, mediated by the Internet, smart phones, and social media.

António Onio (1989) studied dance at SNDO, School for New Dance Development, in Amsterdam. From 2011 António started developing his own works as well as works in collaboration with Miguel Pereira, Tian Rotteveel, Igor Dobricic, Diego Gil, Tiago Guedes and others. In 2013 he received the DanceWeb Scholarship in Vienna, Austria. Since 2010 the main focus of his artistic approach has concentrated on the fine barriers between the private and the personal as well as the body as a tool. His practice specifically engages with queer thematics, questioning roles of the self within western society, the persistence of homophobia and patriarchy, as well as relentlessly promoting vulnerability, softness and suppleness as weapons to fight the system that entraps us everyday so fast.

This event will be in English (no translation) and takes place at Mutschmann's, Martin-Luther-Str. 19, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg.

This event is part of the public programme in association with the exhibition »Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017«, running from July 21st till October 16th at Schwules Museum*.

»Odarodle« is funded by the International Museum Fellowship Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Presented by Siegessäule – we are queer Berlin.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

News 30 July 2017, 18:30

Lesbisches Gedenken in der Diskussion

Die sogenannte "Gedenkkugel" - das von der Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten bislang nicht genehmigte Gedenkzeichen für lesbische Frauen in Ravensbrück - kommt ins Schwule Museum*!

Seit den 1980er-Jahren haben lesbisch-feministische Initiativen gegen erhebliche Widerstände versucht, ihr Gedenken an lesbische Frauen in der Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück, auf dem Gelände des größten ehemaligen nationalsozialistischen Frauenkonzentrationslagers, sichtbar zu machen. Zum wiederholten Mal hat nun die Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten den Antrag der "Autonomen feministischen FrauenLesben aus Deutschland und Österreich" auf ein entsprechendes Gedenkzeichen vertagt. Die Initiative setzt sich seit Langem dafür ein, ein Gedenkzeichen - der Entwurf sieht eine Gedenkkugel vor - auf dem Gelände zu installieren. Vehementer Gegner dieser Initiative ist Alexander Zinn, Vertreter des LSVD Berlin-Brandenburg im Beirat der Stiftung mit der Begründung, dass ein solches Zeichen die "Legende einer Lesbenverfolgung" befördere und sich auf "zweifelhafte Einzelfälle" stützend "unseriös" sei.

In Kooperation mit der Gedenkkugel-Initiative wird das Schwule Museum* die bislang nicht genehmigte Gedenkkugel nun in seinen Ausstellungsräumen präsentieren. Wir protestieren damit ausdrücklich gegen die Entscheidung der Stiftung wie gegen die des LSVD, mit Alexander Zinn einen expliziten Gegner lesbischen Gedenkens in den Stiftungsrat zu entsenden.

Grußwort von Monika von der Lippe, Landesbeauftragte für die Gleichstellung
von Frauen and Männern im Ministerium fur Arbeit, Soziales, Gesundheit, Frauen and Familie des Landes Brandenburg.

Die Veranstaltung am 30. Juli ist eine Kooperation mit der Initiative "Autonome feministische FrauenLesben aus Deutschland und Österreich". Für die Initiative spricht Wiebke Haß.

Corinna Tomberger von der FU Berlin hält einen Vortrag über "Die Ordnung des Gedenkens. Soziale Ein- und Ausschlüsse in der Erinnerungskultur".

Im Anschluss Diskussion und Enthüllung der Gedenkkugel in den Räumen von Tapetenwechsel 2.1

Foto: Agnes Witte / www.sichtungen.agneswitte.de

Veranstaltung auf Deutsch.

Guided Tour 01 August 2017 - 30 September 2017

Guided Tours at the Schwules Museum*

Thursday, September 07th 6 pm guided tour Winckelmann - The Divine Sex in English.

Saturday, September 09th 4 pm guided tour Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples 1535-2017 in English.

Thursday, September 14th 6 pm guided tour Change of Scenery 2.2 in German.

Saturday, September 16th 4 pm guided tour Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples 1535-2017 in English.

Thursday, September 21th 6 pm guided tour Winckelmann - The Divine Sex in German.

Saturday, September 23th 4 pm guided tour Change of Scenery 2.2 in English.

Thursday, September 28th 6 pm guided tour Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples 1535-2017 in German.

Saturday, September 30th 4 pm guided tour Change of Scenery 2.2 in English.

Sunday, October 2nd 4.30 pm guided tour Winckelmann - The Divine Sex in German.

Thursday, October 5th 6 pm guided tour Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples 1535-2017 in German.

Saturday, October 7th 4 pm guided tour Winckelmann - The Divine Sex in English.

Thursday, October 12th 6 pm guided tour Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples 1535-2017 in English.

Saturday, October 14th 4pm guided tour Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples 1535-2017 in German.

Thursday, October 19th 6 pm guided tour with Drag Queen BeV StroganoV through Change of Scenery 2.2 in German.

Saturday, October 21th 4 pm guided tour Change of Scenery 2.2 in English.

Thursday, October 26th 6 pm guided tour Change of Scenery 2.2 in German.

Saturday, October 28th 4 pm guided tour "Early sexology and the formation of gay identity in Berlin: Karl Ulrichs, Magnus Hirschfeld and others" in English.

The tours are free, visitors only have to pay admission for the museum itself.

Additional guided tours for private groups, educational trips or similar can be requested and booked via fuehrungen(at)schwulesmuseum.de. When it comes to the number of participants, we recommend 25 for tours through our exhibitions and the museum itself and 15 participants for tours through our archive.

News 03 August 2017, 19:00

Im Schatten von Eros. Winckelmann und die "Knabenliebe"

Nach griechischen Überlieferungen gilt Eros als der mächtigste unter den Göttern. Selbst Aphrodite, seine Mutter, als auch Zeus, ja immerhin der Götterkönig, konnten seinem Einfluss nicht wiederstehen. Im philosophischen Diskurs wurde Eros als eine schöpferische und die Welt bewegende Kraft wahrgenommen, welche die gesamte Natur, also auch die Aktivitäten der Menschen, bestimmt.

Winckelmann, der in die Texte der griechischen Literatur sehr gut eingearbeitet war, kannte diese antiken Vorstellungen über Eros. Dadurch konnte er die ideale Schönheit der antiken Kunstwerke verstehen und erfassen, wie seine umfassenden Schriften zu dieser Thematik eindeutig zeigen Dieser Vortrag setzt sich zum Ziel zu zeigen, wie Winckelmann sein Leben im Schatten des Eros lebte.

Gian Franco Chiai ist Archäologe und Historiker und habilitiert derzeit zur Religionsgeschichte von Phrygien von der Hethiterzeit bis zur Ankunft des Christentums im Fach Alte Geschichte an der Freien Universität Berlin.

News 10 August 2017, 19:00

An Eldorado of Sensual Love: Primitivity, Labor, and Sexual Identities In Transition Between Berlin And Los Angeles, 1900-1960

Lecture and Discussion with Ben Miller on his research into Harry Hay, the relationship between the German and American “sexual liberation” movements, and Queer Marxism

Based on eight months of research in the archives of the Schwules* Museum as well as other institutions in both Berlin and California, this talk examines the evolution of a genealogy of queer identity formation between different nation-states and different formations of same-sex identities. Anthropological and ethnographic research into indigenous peoples around the world (constructed variously as “nature-peoples,” “primitive” peoples, and “native” peoples) enabled generations of white queer activists in conversation to develop analyses of queerness that meaningfully challenged the socioeconomic regimes in which those activists were situated. However, not all of these analyses engaged with the racism and colonialism inherent in their own creation. This talk will ask (and begin to answer) these questions: to what extent did these activists seek citizenship and state recognition for themselves and their community, and to what extent did they seek to make a new world? What were the connections between Berlin and Los Angeles that made those sites such fertile ground for the development of radical same-sex identities?

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News 17 August 2017, 19:00

"Unzüchtiges in Pindarschem Stil“ - Winckelmanns readings

As in his widely acclaimed, but also disputed biography of Winckelmann ‘Der verworfene Stein’ (2005) Berlin-based art historian and German scholar Wolfgang von Wangenheim analyzes the interrelation between Winckelmanns work and his homosexuality. He will present and discuss ‘Unzüchtiges im Pindarschen Stil’, from literature Winckelmann knew and appreciated, among them suitable parts of scandal novel ‘Fanny Hill’.

This event is part of the exhibition 'Winckelmann - Das göttliche Geschlecht'

News 19 August 2017, 18:00 - 20 August 2017

Lange Nacht der Museen: Exklusive Führungen

Zur Langen Nacht der Museen 2017 am 19. August 2017 bieten wir über den gesamten Abend ein buntes Programm mit exklusiven Führungen an. Da die Führungen offizieller Bestandteil der Langen Nacht sind, können sie - genauso wie die Veranstaltungen - nur mit einem gültigen Ticket besucht werden.

18:30 - 19:00 Genderwahn - Made in Berlin. Eröffnungsführung mit Museumsgründer Wolfgang Theis

19:30 - 20:00 & 00:00 - 00:30 Winckelmann - Das göttliche Geschlecht - Kuratorenführung mit Archivleiter Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens. (Terminänderung!)

20:00 - 20:30 Trans* History with Dr. Finn Ballard (English)

21:00 - 21:30 Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples 1535-2017. Guided tour with curator Ashkan Sepahvand. (English) (Change of date!)

21:30 - 22:00 §175 und die zweite Welle der Schwulenbewegung - Zeitzeugenführung mit TBA

23:00 - 23:30 Tuntenführung mit BeV StroganoV (Terminänderung!)

23:30 - 00:00 Die Geschichte der Lesbenbewegung mit Dr. Birgit Bosold

News 19 August 2017, 18:59

Lange Nacht der Museen: Führungen durch das größte LSBTIQ*-Spezialarchiv der Welt

Mit über 1.500.000 Archivalien und 500m² ist das Archiv des Schwulen Museums* das weltweit größte Spezialarchiv zur LSBTIQ*-Geschichte. Zur Langen Nacht der Museen führen Archivleiter Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens und sein Team durch über 200 Jahre Bewegungsgeschichte, berichten über die alltägliche Arbeit und stellen ausgewählte Bestände vor. Die drei Touren finden um 19:00, 21:00 und 23:00 statt und dauern jeweils 30 Minuten.

News 06 September 2017, 19:00

Winckelmanns Nachfolger im Rom: Der Kreis um August Kestner

August Kestner, Sohn von Charlotte Buff – die Lotte in Goethes Werther –, entstammt den sogenannten „Hübschen Familien“ Hannovers. Nach dem Jura-Studium in Göttingen bereiste er Italien und verliebte sich unsterblich in die Stadt Rom. Hierher kehrte er 1817 zurück, zuerst als Delegationsmitglied, später als Botschafter Hannovers und Großbritanniens am Heiligen Stuhl. Hier sollte er die längere Zeit seines Lebens, nämlich 36 Jahre beinahe ununterbrochen bis zu seinem Tod 1853 leben, sammeln und … lieben. Er ist sicher einer der ganz wenigen Prominenten der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts, von dem eindeutig nachweisbar ist, dass er nicht nur die Stadt, Archäologie und Kunst sowie sonstige schöne Dinge liebte, sondern auch schöne Männer. Ausgiebiges Briefmaterial sowie eigenhändige Porträtzeichnungen erlauben, sein Leben in Rom und sein nicht nur aus Diplomaten und Archäologen, sondern vor allem auch aus Künstlern der verschiedensten Richtungen bestehenden Freundeskreis genauer zu betrachten, in dem junge, hübsche Männer keine Randerscheinung waren.

Dr. Christian Loeben studierte Ägyptologie und Kunstgeschichte in Berlin und Paris. Schon während des Studiums verbrachte er längere Zeit in Ägypten, wo er hauptsächlich in Theben für verschiedene Institutionen, darunter auch die Universität Chicago und das Französische Zentrum in Karnak, tätig war. Sein Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkt ist die ägyptische Kunst und Architektur des Neuen Reiches sowie „ägyptische Museologie“. 1993-2003 war er ägyptologischer Dozent an der Humboldt-Universität, zuletzt als Vertretung der vakanten Professur. Seit 2004 ist er Kurator der ägyptischen und islamischen Sammlungen am Museum August Kestner in Hannover, wo er bereits zehn Sonderausstellungen realisiert hat, aktuell eine zum Thema „Ägyptens Mysterien und die Freimaurerei“. Seine ägyptologischen Dozenten- und Kuratorenkompetenzen durfte er bereits in den Dienst von Institutionen in Basel, Berlin, Chicago, Edinburgh, Göttingen, Havanna, Kairo, Köln, Landshut, Leiden, Leuven, Leipzig, Luxor, Marburg, Paris und Zürich stellen.

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Event 11 September 2017, 19:00

Herculean Muscles, Winckelmann & Body Ideals: A Discussion About the Gay Party Scene

In the context of the exhibition Winckelmann – The Divine Sex and Folsom Europe 2017

Divine sex – with divine bodies? How important is it in today’s gay scene to have a Herculean body of the category 18th century art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann admired in statues from Greek Antiquity? Since when have such bodies become omnipresent in real life, e.g. at the Folsom street fair in Berlin? And what changes do me have on the “meat market” when they don’t look like this?

We want to discuss how body ideals have changed throughout the years, in the exhibition rooms of Winckelmann – The Divinge Sex, between the famous statues of Hercules and the Barberini Faun. On the panel: the boss of Berlin based porn studio Cazzo. Although he himself has a Hercules body, he says that member’s of Berlin’s gay scene don’t care too much for muscles but for “big dicks” and “big holes.” Which is exactly what Winckelmann does not include in his “Canon of the Beautiful.” What he does include, however, are daddy/twink pairings, for example in the many Zeus and Ganymed paintings. We will ask Mr. Cazzo what such an old fashioned gay stereotype from art history is seeing such a massive revival in contemporary gay porn.

Also on the panel is Wolfgang Theis, one of the founders of the Schwules Museum*. He went to New York in the 1970s and saw Tom of Finland men for real for the first time, in bars and discos. And he witnessed how this trend came to Europe and Germany, where the local activist scene was more interested in left wing politics than beautiful bodies. But that changed quickly.

Joining the discussion is artist Mathias Vefwho works in the border areas of body and identity. He's interested in "exceptional bodies" that are often an expression of "exceptional personalities," as he says. He is fascinated by people who see their bodies as something that can be "shaped and created," turning the body into "an expression of their conscience." His models are turned into 'hackers' in his works that 'hack' into their own identity and form, questioning the bounderies of subculture and mainstream and what is considered 'good looking.' As an artist, Berlin based Mathias Vef uses the 'body material' his models supply and turns it into collages, these are then further deconstructed with the party drug GHB. A reference to the potentially destructive element in the muscle worshipping gay party culture.

Other participants in the discussion are Kai Pörsken, head of IT and marketing at gay lifestyle company Bruno Gmünder where he had lots of experience with the representation (and non-representation) of body types and with online behavior. A different aspect will be added by 'Vukasin' who labels himself a DUF, a Designated Ugly Friend. He has made some remarkable experiences of his own with “the diving sex.”

The curator of the Winckelmann exhibition, Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens, will make sure the art history element won’t be ignored. He will lead the discussion together with Dr. Kevin Clarke, author of the book Porn: From Andy Warhol to X-Tube and curator of the exhibition Porn That Way.

Tickets: 4 Euros

Visitors of the Folsom street fair are welcome to show up in their fetish outfits and join the discussion.

 

 

News 14 September 2017, 11:00 - 15 September 2017

READING CIRCLE w/ Vika Kirchenbauer

Until September 5th, registration is open for our two Reading Circle Sessions on September 14th and September 15 during the Odarodle Symposium, hosted by artist, writer and music producer Vika Kirchenbauer. If you want to attend, please register at research(at)schwulesmuseum.de. The participants will be sent links to the four texts and are expected to read them in advance (~eg 50 Pages in total). Printed copies will be available at the workshop. The total number of participants is limited to 15. Both sessions take place on September 14th and 15th between 11am and 2pm at Schwules Museum.

“I decided against an artist talk in favour of a reading circle because I believe the questions arising from the exhibition urge for mutual engagement rather than a lecture format. Four texts will be discussed that reflect not my mastery and expertise, but that can serve as cornerstones for stimulating conversations to be had amongst a group of people with different perspectives.

The first session focuses on Eve Sedgwick’s “Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading” and Édouard Glissant’s “For Opacity”, since both essays fundamentally question thought practices habitual to critical theory and leftist political discourse, making room to refigure such naturalised approaches. Then, for the second session, Wendy Brown’s “Resisting Left Melancholy” will be juxtaposed with an excerpt from Paul Gilroy’s “Postcolonial Melancholia” as together they help complicate notions around disavowed forms of political affect. Because, as becomes clear, through melancholy the West simultaneously accesses a strategy to detach itself from dealing with its imperial and colonial history as well as a means to remain attached to its own (un)dead past.”

News 14 September 2017, 11:00 - 14 September 2017

Odarodle Symposium: HISTORY & KNOWLEDGE

14.09.2017 / HISTORY & KNOWLEDGE

11:00-14:00 – Vika Kirchenbauer, Reading Circle Session #1, please register at: research(at)schwulesmuseum.de

I decided against an artist talk in favour of a reading circle because I believe the questions arising from the exhibition urge for mutual engagement rather than a lecture format. Four texts will be discussed that reflect not my mastery and expertise, but that can serve as cornerstones for stimulating conversations to be had amongst a group of people with different perspectives. The first session focuses on Eve Sedgwick’s “Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading” and Édouard Glissant’s “For Opacity”, since both essays fundamentally question thought practices habitual to critical theory and leftist political discourse, making room to refigure such naturalised approaches. Then, for the second session, Wendy Brown’s “Resisting Left Melancholy” will be juxtaposed with an excerpt from Paul Gilroy’s “Postcolonial Melancholia” as together they help complicate notions around disavowed forms of political affect. Because, as becomes clear, through melancholy the West simultaneously accesses a strategy to detach itself from dealing with its imperial and colonial history as well as a means to remain attached to its own (un)dead past. The participants will be sent links to the four texts and are expected to read them in advance. Printed copies will be available at the workshop. The total number of participants is limited to 15.

18:00 – Conversation with Fiona McGovern and Andrea Rottmann on exhibition histories and queer representation.

19:00 – Film Screening, Desire – Sexuality in Germany 1910-1945, Stuart Marshall (1989)

From 1910- 1945 Germany was subjected to one of the most turbulent periods of social and political change that has been experienced by any European country in the twentieth century. In Desire, Stuart Marshall traces cultural and official attitudes towards sexuality through this period as competing forces struggled to define the meanings of masculinity and femininity. The pre-revolutionary youth movement and its connections with the naturist movement or 'body culture' are humorously illustrated with contemporary promotional footage from the German Nudist Movement. Sensitive and incisive interviews with historians and eye-witnesses document the history of the homosexual rights movement and the social sexual experiments of the revolutionary Weimar period which culminated in the extreme persecution of sexual radicals under the Nazis. Throughout the film, idyllic images of German landscape and oppressive Nazi architecture are set to the music of Schubert and Mahler creating a moving and stirring backdrop to the testimony of the survivors. Commissioned for the gay and lesbian TV magazine Out on Tuesdays, Channel 4.

Special thanks to Maya Vision and Rebecca Dobbs.

News 15 September 2017, 11:00

Odarodle Symposium: NATURES & PEOPLES

11:00-14:00 – Vika Kirchenbauer, Reading Circle Session #2, please register at: research@schwulesmuseum.de

15:00 – Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, The Five Ages, Floral Arrangement Performance

A floral archaeology that explores the symbolic relationships between human history and plant life, specifically within the context of a queer aesthetics. The work is primarily inspired by postcard images from the “Weissbierstube” in the former Berlin Museum – venue for the 1984 Eldorado exhibition. The Weissbierstube was legendary for its Sunday brunch buffet and a meeting point for local West Berlin gay and lesbian activists, artists, and academics. Postcards depict a buffet spread with lavish flower bouquets as decoration. The artist has drawn on these images – and the flowers they show – to develop the piece. Nemerofsky selects five flowers to symbolize five distinct moments in the history of El Dorado, referencing both its incarnation as nightclub and exhibition, as well as its general application as a legendary, faraway site of utopian longing. The flowers stand in a ceramic vase designed specially for them by the artist. The vase provides each flower with its own distinct opening, while arranging the flowers to interact contrapuntally, creating a bouquet of colliding and overlapping temporalities. A guided tour accompanies the artwork, in which the artist recounts the history of the five ages while preparing and arranging the flowers in the vase.

16:00 – Lucas Odahara, The Republic of Silence, Listening Assembly and Talk

In The Republic of Silence Lucas Odahara presents a selection of audio files. Between sounds of ‘Mixed-Species Flocks of Birds’ of the amazonian region and a collection of sounds of protests, Odahara opens up a listening assembly and talks about history, evolution and the construction of incomplete images through a fragmented mode of historical listening.  

“Among most of my friends is known that one’s own stories are partially written somewhere else. We are used to follow the news from countries that rewrite our laws and rebuild our images. We used to read Susan Miller’s monthly horoscope. We coordinated our hairdresser appointments according to the phases of the moon. We listened to the songs that taught us something in languages our parents didn't know. We watch foreign shows and learn foreign art. We let the storm change our plans and the television guide our revolution. We were not trained to listen to our voices as unique and heroic. We listened and repeated. And we listened so much. We became proficient listeners.”

18:00 – Conversation with Margareta von Oswald and Vivian Ziherl on frontier imaginaries and the post-ethnographic museum.

19:00 – Wanted: a history of homosexuality. Found: an ‘archive of ordinary racism’. Lecture by Heike Bauer on the colonial entanglements of modern homosexuality.

Magnus Hirschfeld is a celebrated figure in the modern histories of homosexuality and transgender. Best known today for his sexological studies, political activism and involvement in queer subcultures, he is often represented as a figure of sexual emancipation, liberation and progress. But Hirschfeld’s apprehension of suffering and injustice had racialised as well as gendered limits. This talk introduces some of the lesser-known writings on race and colonialism. Based on material from my new book, The Hirschfeld Archives: Violence, Death, and Modern Queer Culture, it reflects on the colonial entanglements of modern homosexuality and what Ann Cvetkovich calls the ‘archive of ordinary racism’ that continues to haunt it.

20:00 – Garden Grill Party

News 16 September 2017, 12:00

Odarodle Symposium: WOMEN, MEN, & OTHERS

12:00-13:30 – Art/Activism, Discussion Round and Reflection Circle with Dusty Whistles and friends.

15:00 – Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, The Five Ages, Floral Arrangement Performance

16:00 – Curator’s Tour of the Exhibition

18:00 – Along the translated traces of Monique Wittig and the Berliner Amazonen Frauenverlag. Lecture by Nanna Heidenreich

Monique Wittig, the French theorist, writer, and feminist, wished to exorcize meaning from language, in order to allow for something else. For example: “a lesbian is not a woman.” In 2003, with only 67 years s/he died from a heart attack in Tuscon, Arizona, where she had been living, writing, and teaching for many years. At 29 she received the renowned Médicis Prize for Literature for her work Opoponax; numerous “novels” followed, escaping any and all attempts to categorize them, as well as theoretical texts, some of which were compiled in The Straight Mind (1992). Her 1973 book Le Corps Lesbien was translated into German and published in 1977 by the Berlin-based Amazonen Frauenverlag with the title Aus deinen zehntausend Augen Sappho (From your ten-thousand eyes, Sappho). To read and re-read Wittig, in French, in English, in German, in translation, is a challenging task, its history of reception is bumpy. This talk attempts to follow an undisciplined path of branching traces, where along numerous positions the “Amazons” get involved.

20:00 – Naomi Rincón Gallardo, The Formaldehyde Trip, Screening and Performative Reading

Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s The Formaldehyde Trip transforms recent history into mythic journey. This live cinema concert imagines the Oaxaca-based, Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño — who was killed in a paramilitary ambush in April 2010 — in her passage through the underworld. Planted rather than buried, the traveling Cariño encounters warriors, witches, and the Mesoamerican god/goddess of death as she becomes the seed for a new feminist life. The Formaldehyde Trip also unfolds as the dream of an axolotl, a salamander-like native to Mexico City that, in its home environment, resists metamorphosis and does not grow from an aquatic to a land-dweller. Filmed in the canals of Xochimilco (Mexico City), Oaxaca, Berlin, Vienna, and at Galería de la Raza (San Francisco), the axolotl, like Cariño herself, eludes Western classifications as it calls to indigenous knowledge, possibilities, and locales. The road to Utopia winds through revolt.

Lesung 17 September 2017, 18:30

Book Release Event: In the Province of the Gods

On 17 September, 6.30 pm, we will host a book release event with Kenny Fries, in combination with his new memoir In the Province of the Gods. Some will remember Kenny Fries from his interview that was part of the exhibition Homosexualität_en.

His new book he embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.

Kenny Fries will present the book personally in our museum and discuss  with the audience, after a reading of selected passages.

Fries is the author of Body, Remember: A Memoir and The History of My Shoes and the Evo­lution of Darwin’s Theory. He is the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and is the recipient of a presti­gious Creative Capital grant.