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Mid Winter Gathering presented by Spirits + COVEN BERLIN

11. January 2019 19:00

Celebrate the closing of the Spirits Dyke Bar with an evening of spoken word performances aglow with the cosmically low simmer of Winter’s light. We are inviting writers of different media: gatherers of stories set in supernatural, ghostly, and uncanny magical realities, and of tools for queer survival and thriving, and of seeds for monstrous futures.

Writers will include Alex Alvina Chamberland, Lee Richards, Esther Nelke and Mine Serizawa. Plus DJ Intergalactic Secret Agent.

Alex Alvina Chamberland
is a 32-year-old Swedish-US American performance artist and writer based in Berlin but born and raised north of San Francisco in California. Much of her performance and writing work is based in explosivity, vulnerability, intensity, musicality, vocal experimentation, silence, maximalism and (trans)femininity, dealing with subjects such as failure and passivity as a means of resistance to obligatory capitalist success and productivity, as well as strong emotions, empathy, care, loneliness, yearning and collectivity. In Swedish she has released two books, the novel “Utelåst – Uppväxtnostalgi för freaks” (2018, Dockhaveri Förlag) and the co-authored non-fiction book “Allt som är mitt – Våldtäkt, Stigmatisering och Upprättelse” (2015, Bokförlaget ETC).

At this event she will be reading excerpts on monstrous glaciers and emotional vagina dentatas, from her first English language novels-in-progress “A Hot Temper is its Own Romance” and “Love the World or Die Trying”.

Esther Nelke
They/Them. Amateur mole rat.

Lee Richards
Lee Richards is not a social justice warrior. They are not an activist nor a poet. Lee is just a human person, doing their best to peacefully navigate this hateful and oppressive world and while trying to find beauty and joy in it.

Mine Serizawa
Mine Serizawa hopes to be a practicing occupational therapist by the time they’re thirty and a real poet by eighty.

DJ Intergalactic Secret Agent (REH) travelling time and space to bring you their special mix of genre-bending aural treasures. Deep from the planets of scrappy sci-fi synth house and sparkly disco punk funk 😉


a dyke bar for queers, gender chameleons and other everydeities
For the duration of the “Year of the Women*”, the cafe within Schwules Museum was transformed into a dyke bar, envisioned and realized by the interdisciplinary artist collective consisting of Ernest Ah, T Blank, and C Detrow.

Further information on the concept of Spirits:

COVEN BERLIN is a queer feminist collective that has been active in the Berlin queer, art, porn, and activist scenes since they met, via craigslist, in 2014. They are an international group who work freelance in different fields, while being committed to each other, and to Berlin as the surrogate mother for their plan-making. While COVEN is not a practicing witch-coven, COVEN’s eight members revel in the potency of their name’s metaphor for solidarity among women and queers who gather together and produce amazing things, both internally, publicly, and in relationship.
Team: Harley Aussoleil, Frances Breden, Lorena Juan, Judy Landkammer, Kiona Hagen Niehaus, Louise Trueheart.

Further information on EXTRA+TERRESTRIAL – the exhbition at Schwules Museum, curated by COVEN BERLIN: https://www.schwulesmuseum.de/ausstellung/extraterrestrial-by-coven-berlin/?lang=en
Further information on COVEN BERLIN: http://www.covenberlin.com/

The eventis funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the project Year of the Women*.