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Archive: Tim Stüttgen

You will be painfully missed.

If you live in Berlin and don’t have plans for tomorrow yet, we might have something for you: Queer theorist, drag performer and Catch Fire contributor Tim Stüttgen (Post/Porn/Politics) has just recently finished a new book entitled In a Quare Time and Place and will present it Haus der Kulturen der Welt on the last day of the transmediale festival. The book, which deals according to Tim deals with “post/slavery, Queer of Color politics, debates around intersectionality and assamblage, blaxploitation cinema and Sun Ras afrofuturism” (as mapped out in his most famous movie Space is the place, still on top), will be released in a few weeks and be presented to the public for the first time. The event takes place tomorrow, February 3rd, at 2 pm in the Konferenzsaal K1, for more detailed information please check out this link. And if you’re already there, we can also recommend you two other queer events – the talk by artist and theorist Sandy Stone (4pm) and the performance Eier haben by legendary drag artist Diane Torr (Venus Boyz, Man for a Day) and a group of other performers (6:30pm, followed by a conversation between Torr and Warbear).

Another nice event at Berlin’s Hebbel theater: Tim Stüttgen, editor of the “Post Porn Politics” reader I mentioned here earlier this year, is curating an event called “Body Language”, the third edition of a series called “Life is Live”. I quote from the English introduction on the theater’s website: “For three days ‘Body Language’ will explore the question if queer role models are capable of expressing criticism about sexual normalisation in the medium of pop culture, without at the same time giving up the claim for a change. What exactly is happening when gestures serving the self-understanding of subcultures meet pop culture’s universal mechanisms of appropriation? Can this encounter be told as the story of an appropriation that happens over and over again? Which are the constructive perspectives of queer interventions into pop culture?”

The event will start on November 11 with a performance and a DJ set by Terre Thaemlitz and consists of two lecture panels called “Where is queer pop now” and “Challenging the Universal” (on November 12+13) featuring lecturers such as Bettina Köster (Ex-Malaria), Juba Kalamka from the from the rap group Deep Dickollective, Del LaGrace Volcano and others. There will also be a concert with JD Samson’s MEN and the noisy Maria & The Mirrors (video below), a film night (where as far I as know the hip hop documentary “Pick Up The Mic” will be shown in Berlin for the first time) and an extensive performance night. You can download the German version of the program flyer here, join the Facbook group of the event or visit the HAU website for tickets and the English introduction I quoted from above.

P/P/P is based on a symposium that took place at Volksbühne Berlin in October 2008, which brought together different queer/feminist movie makers, performance artists, activists and film scientists which presented their work on the subject of porn. The main approach of the whole event was on the one hand to take porn seriously not only as a genre, but also as a media that most of the time contains and transports ideas of what “right sex” in Western societies is supposed to be. On the other hand it tried to show new ways and strategies to produce “better” porn beyond the mainstream as well as to critically analyze the present and the history of the genre. The reader (which is edited by Tim Stüttgen aka Timi Mei Monigatti who also organized the symposium) combines contributions of a whole bunch of people that are into these kinds of questions such as Beatrice Preciado, Annie Sprinkle, Bruce LaBruce, Terre Thaemlitz and Cosey Fanni Tutti. You find more information about it on the website of b_books where you can also order it. For more information about the contributors check out the website of the symposium.