Dear fellow human beings,
art and media reproduction are consumed with two of society’s primary questions: Who are we and where, pray tell, are we heading? These are the questions everyone demands answers to: parents, relatives, friends, new acquaintances and human resources managers in tailored suits alike.
Who we are depends on external and internal ideas of identity (and identification). Presumably, it is worse being asked where we come from – as a thinly veiled attempt to categorize our identity for us – than being asked who we are.
At times, identifying as someone or with something means creating borders and boundaries, which, just like identity itself, shift over the course of time. Right-wing groups sometimes believe they own the idea of genuine identity, and their fear of losing whatever identity it is they may have constructed leads to bigotry and misidentification.
However, if you leave old spaces to enter new ones, new identities may emerge, be it in the form of learning new languages or new cultural practices.
We want to hear your takes on this topic and hereby cordially invite you to send us your written pieces (prose, poetry or autobiographical writing) to be presented at the Fabrik im Gängeviertel (Prinzessinenzimmer) on April 21st! You are free to hand in texts in any language, but a German or English translation would be helpful so that everyone can follow along while you present the text (if you do not wish to present the text yourself, we can assign a presenter). Texts should conform to a reading time of no more than 15 minutes. Contributions will be published online and as a limited hard copy (contributions will only be published with the author’s consent!).
Deadline: April 7th 2018 (send as PDF or word file to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Feedback by: April 14th 2018
Reading: April 21st 2018
Starts: 8.30 p.m., reading until 11 p.m.
Where: Fabrik im Gängeviertel (Prinzessinenzimmer)
Free entrance, donate at will for drinks!
(Presented by TEARS Club)