Events — 1 Feb 2019
- Museumticket + €3.
A radical access plan will be implemented as part of this event: people that identify as a refugee, person of color, sex worker or those who identify as trans don’t pay admission. To facilitate this we will be using a guest list, please register via email@example.com
- Teijin Auditorium
- 1 Feb 2019, 6.30 pm until 9.30 pm
- Main language
- This event is sold out
The aim is specifically to not answer this question, but to instead embrace the diversity of all outcomes. QUEER IS NOT A MANIFESTO aims to create a space of radical imagination where a multitude of undefined positions can exist alongside one another.
QUEER IS NOT A MANIFESTO is first and foremost a digital podium. Anyone can contribute their interpretation of queer on www.queerisnotamanifesto.com. In the long run, the website functions as a living/ever-growing document that keeps a real-time account of what queer is or could become.
For the Stedelijk Statements launch of QUEER IS NOT A MANIFESTO the first 10-15 contributions will be presented live, running back to back to create a living collage of queer propositions. These propositions will take the form of lectures, performances, videos, fits of rage, sound pieces or any format that the presenter best feels supports their interpretation of queer. Contributors will include a mix of activists, artists and scholars that not only aim to disturb dominant notions of gender and sexuality, but also to strive for the disruption of prevalent colonial, patriarchal and neoliberal narratives. QUEER IS NOT A MANIFESTO abides to an intersectional vision. Any voice can feel unheard when speaking alone for their singular cause. QUEER IS NOT A MANIFESTO aims to interweave a multitude of voices and create a cross-dialogue that, when unified, strengthens the building of a movement.
MOTIVATION FOR RADICAL ACCESS PLAN
Carly Rose Bedford and Aynouk Tan, the curators of this evening, have chosen for a “radical access policy” in order to emphasize the systematic exclusion of, and to claim space for, “bodies and histories” that are structurally suppressed, as phrased by the two artists. The makers especially invite people who identify as queer, trans, refugee, sex worker or person of color to participate in this evening. They will receive a spot on the guest list. Everyone on the guest list enters free of charge. In addition, this three-hour event is accessible for anyone at a modest surcharge (€3,00). By choosing this form, the curators of this evening stress the significance of being exclusive. If you think you are also eligible to be placed on this list, you are very welcome to write us an email with your name and reason of request.
In addition, the makers state that QUEER IS NOT A MANIFESTO is set up to be a “failure”: decolonizing and queering the museum for just one night is not enough, and while various voices are included in the program, many are still missing.
The Stedelijk is not only a place for presentations and exhibitions, but also for producing new work and offering a platform for conversation and dialogue. This conversation is not always comfortable, equal or enjoyable. To the contrary: such contact is often the result of institutional critique and it is allowed to be awkward or uncomfortable, as the conventional distribution of roles between all players is questioned, attacked and taken apart.
The Stedelijk considers this event extremely valuable in our ambition toward an accessible and inclusive museum.
Creative Production: Carolin Gieszner
Lighting Technician: Marleen Heuvelmans
Dramaturgy: Naomi Pieter
Host and Afterparty: Mini Maxwell
QUEER IS NOT A MANIFESTO is generously supported by the AFK and Goethe Institute.