Catch Fire says Goodbye!

Dear friends and followers,

after 5 exciting years with many shifts and changes in both the layout and the content of this blog I’ve decided to end Catch Fire. It wasn’t an easy decision, since this site has become a very important part of my life and is still very well frequented, even with less postings than in the beginning. But once the idea of officially bringing this project to an end was planted in my head it was too late to turn back.

Over the last two years blogging for me has started to feel more and more like a burden. I just didn’t really enjoy it anymore. One reason might be that my passion for queer art and culture has suffered. There was a time when I thought that cultural practices like music, film and art could help building communities and unite people. And I still think that this is true. But I also feel like what happens right now is that especially with the success of queer artists in mainstream culture, these cultural practices produce new hierarchies and structures of reputation and exclusion. And I feel like at some point the blog has contributed to this problem.

But I don’t have any hard feelings. I am proud of what I achieved. The progress and the many changes this blog has undergone reflect my own changes.

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Screenshot, 2009

I want to thank everyone who has taken part in opening my horizon and helped me to critically reflect on my writing and on the way I choose my subjects. Many thanks go especially to all the wonderful contributors of this site. They have made it more diverse, more lively and a bit smarter. I will keep on paying the bills for the web hosting, so everything that has been published here can remain as some sort of archive and Catch Fire stays a witness of its time.

And of course I also want to thank you, dear followers of Catch Fire for all your support and the energy to stay by my side. There have never been many comments in the comment section, but with my statistics tool I was able to see that there are actually really a lot of people who are regularly visiting this site. To know that many of you came back regularly has always made me proud and happy and has given me the feeling that I’m doing the right thing.

I am planning to throw a little good-bye party in Berlin soon as part of my second Movement screening event. The evening will take place in late July at Raumerweiterungshalle. The invitation to this event will be the last posting after this goodbye post.

Thank you. Much love.

Hanno

10 comments

  1. Very sad to see this site go. I’ve loved your coverage of queer hip-hop and art.

    You should be very proud of your work over the last five years!

  2. Sad indeed!

    I really enjoyed the discovery of your blog, and it surely pointed out some real nice finds to me. Thank you for your commitment and all the best.

  3. This blog has been set as my homepage on my browser for… forever! I found some of my favorite artists and musicians on Catch Fire and really believe that this blog helped to expand my concept of queerness and community.

    Best of luck on whatever the future holds and many thanks for everything Catch Fire has achieved!

  4. omggg thanks hanno for running such an awesome site for so long! i don’t even remember how i came across it, i don’t even live in germany or europe even, but y’all covered such a great intersection point between queerness, culture, and politics, and i really appreciate all the work you put into the site <3<3

  5. Thank you for sharing your insights and interests with us. You and your blog will be missed. Thank you for sharing Marsha P. Johnson’s story. 247 people watched this video because of you, and 8,614 people learned about Marsha because of you. Thank you for making a difference. M And good luck and prosperity in all your future endeavors.

  6. Thanks so much for this amazing site. I’m sure that your news projects will have the same fierce. This blog will remain as an inspiring place for me.

    Big kiss!

  7. it was a great blog! but i get what youre saying. i used to follow a lot of gay blogs but i just stopped at one point because i felt like they become something like cosmopolitan for little girls where they sort of promote the power of women but at the same time glorify so wrong values…anyway thanks for the blog!

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