Symposium und Ausstellung:

To Revolutionary Type Love - exhibition presented by Kawira Mwirichia, Malcolm Muga, and Faith Wanjala, gallery of the University of the Arts Braunschweig, opening June 13th, 2018
To Revolutionary Type Love. Appropriation and other practices, symposium, 14th/15th of June, guests: Stacie Graham, Maureen Auma, Katja Kinder, Nana Adusei-Poku, Samanea Karrfalt, Henriette Gunkel, Nadine Siegert, Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt, Malte Pelleter, mahlOt Sansosa, Kawira Mwirichia, Malcom Muga, Faith Wanjala; chairs: Anja Michaelsen, Maja Figge, Nanna Heidenreich; organization with Rena Onat; venue: Aula/HBK Braunschweig > FLYER
Mit einem Artist talk im Schwulen Museum Berlin am 17.6.2018, 18.30 h

Appropriation is making use of the world in changing the world. It can be a Revolutionary Type Love. Appropriation can be corporate power turning culture into capital, or it can be queer art turning heteronormative structures inside out. It is the potential and inevitable condition of any expression – but under conditions of huge inequalities.
Today, cultural appropriation is part of an ongoing colonialist disposession, hegemonic grabbings of discourses as well as of material culture, extraction of raw material, land grabbing, ecological and economical exploitation. In the wake of the entangled and violent history of Europe and Africa, the symposium looks at other practices and possibilities. Of course, in a networked digital media world, questions of copyright and the commons intensified with sampling music, questioning the status of ownership and creativity. Pop music commodified Black beats, and cultural minorities hijack the entertainment industry. But this does not happen within a symmetrical power relation, as the distribution of wealth and technologies are extremely uneven. The symposium will discuss artistic and theoretical strategies to resists the grab. We refer to TRTL's queer photographic expressions and the usages of the traditional kanga cloth through queer histories and communities, we reflect on different time frames in afrofuturism and post-black art, we talk about possibilities of diasporic un/belongings, resistance, anger, and love.  - To Revolutionary Type Love is the name of an exhibition celebrating queer love in Kenya and beyond. It is a toast, and it is coming to Braunschweig. Artists Kawira Mwirichia, Malcolm Muga and Faith Wanjala from Nairobi will present the group's exhibition, making use of the medium of photography in many ways, as well as of the East African textile, the kanga, using symbols and quotes unique to the triumphs and stories of the queer movements from Kenya's and international communities.
Gefördert von Pro.Niedersachsen und der HBK Braunschweig; Kooperation mit dem Iwalewa-Haus Bayreuth.

letzte Vorträge:

Testosteron schreiben. Geschlechter und Medien des Testens, Vortrag und Workshop, Reihe: Differenzen und Affirmationen. Queer-/feministische Perspektiven auf Medialität, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, 30./31.1.2018

Eigen/tum machen. Zur Geschichte des Kanga, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Reihe MedienDenken, 9.1.2018

in Vorbereitung:

Schwerpunkt der Nr. 19 der Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, 2/2018, hg. zusammen mit Andrea Seier > Call for Papers

zuletzt erschienen:

Die Formatfrage stellen. Das alternative Medienzentrum FC⚡MC zum G20-Gipfel, Gespräch mit den Organisator_innen Maren Grimm, Oliver Leistert und Siri Keil, in: ZfM Nr. 17, Heft 1/April 2018, 111-129 > open access mit DOI, > pdf mit cover

im Druck:

Connect and Divide: The Practice Turn in Media Studies. The 3rd DFG conference of Media Studies
hg. zusammen mit Erhard Schüttpelz, Monika Dommann, Jeremy Stolow, Nadine Taha, Zürich, Berlin (diaphanes)/Chicago (University of Chicago Press), 2018
darin: - Connecting and dividing media theories: Gender, post_colonial, and other agencies. Introduction to Section 3;
- Practice is a screen. Minor assemblages of gender, race, and global media. Interview with Rey Chow

Ulrike Bergermann