KLIRRRRR festival 2017/18

KLIRRRRR festival
Queer Cultures of Conflict

Image: EL BOUM


Friday, June 15, 2018 (1 – 8pm)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 (noon – 8pm) with Live Music and Dj*anes

Where: District Berlin (Bessemerstraße 2-14, 12103 Berlin)

German Sign Language (DGS), accessibility and childcare

Please note that most of the workshops are conducted in German and German Sign Language with the exception of the Video Art Channel, the Trickster Performance and the music program.

Rage, Frustration, Doubt … Opposition, Resistance … Fighting Technique, Belligerence, Irritation … It RATTTTTLES

Conflicts are everywhere – they reveal themselves in bodies and feelings, in groups of friends and neighborhoods, in the city and in politics. Conflicts are part of planets, fantasies, languages, and ways of life. How might cultures of conflict look that do without violence and question normalcy? Can we understand conflicts as contact zones between divided worlds? As breaks in divisions and occasions for rapprochement and change?

Caring for Conflict is a project of intersectional (difference-traversing) learning and collective research that has taken place since Summer 2017 in the form of artistic projects in collaboration with various Berlin youth clubs, schools, high schools, and independent initiatives. We are searching for new ideas and new ways of dealing with conflicts.

In their different situatedness, people (and other life forms) embody multiple forms of knowing and being in conflict. Youth cultures are based in such knowledge and every day practice. They are part of conflict- and counter cultures and provide inspirations for Caring for Conflict. Drawing from queer forms of relationality, struggle, and feminist concepts of care, we find artistic tools to be in this mess together and at the same time to dismantle the violence of inequality, exclusions, and rigid norms.

KLIRRRRR means: music, videos, workshops, discussions, exhibition contributions, and performances by artists and activists who suggest inspiring means of dealing with current conflicts. In the contentious constructions of our festival architecture, fields of conflict and politics of the body, knowledge, health, inclusivity, access, the city, work, migration, ecologies, language, sexuality, technologies and different nasty-isms are brought to a RATTTTTLE.

KLIRRRRR celebrates the first project year of Caring for Conflict initiated by District Berlin and Institute for Queer Theory (iQt) in collaboration with KontextSchule, i-päd – intersectional pedagogy, Alice Salomon Hochschule, Alfred-Nobel-Schule, Rückert-Gymnasium, Cafe Maggie / Gangway e.V., MÄDEA – Interkulturelles Zentrum für Mädchen* und junge Frauen* (Intercultural Center for Girls* and Young Women*) and Fresh 30. Funded by the Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education.

With contributions from the Caring for Conflict Project Groups Alphabet of Conflicts (Nino Halka, Pia Klüver, Eva Storms, Maren Zeuner, Ronald Lange), Secret Language/Standard Language (Tali Tiller, Ferdi Thajib, Qwigo L. Baldwin), Kitchen Worlds (Shanti Suki Osman, Eva Storms), Conflict as Method (Aïcha Diallo, Suza Husse, Ferdi Thajib), Nights Sweats (Emma Haugh), Streitbauten (Aïcha Diallo, Lorenzo Sandoval) and by Magda Albrecht & Leah Bretz, Adi Amati, Mary Ana (Maryam Sheikh), El Boum, Daniela Burger, Mirkan Deniz, Antke Engel, Golden Diskó Ship, Charlotte Hofmann, Adelita Husni Bey, Juba, Kinder- und Jugendclub der Sinneswandel gGmbH, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Missy Magazine, Friederike Nastold, Kinay Olcaytu, Valerie-Siba Rousparast, Tejal Shah, Meeting Point in the Women’s Center Schokofabrik and others.

Missy Magazine curates the KLIRRRRR Music Program with us, as well as the open blog workshop Kill Your Darlings. Parallel to the festival, District opens the exhibition Practices of Radical Health Care with the Feminist Health Care Research Group.

KLIRRRRR festival Team: Antke Engel, Nino Halka, Suza Husse, Ani Lachnitt.


FRIDAY June 15

from 1 pm: Caring for Conflict exhibition with works from the project groups Alphabet of Conflicts (Nino Halka, Pia Klüver, Eva Storms, Maren Zehner, Ronald Lange), Geheimsprachen/Gemeinsprachen (Tali Tiller, Ferdi Thajib, Qwigo L. Baldwin), Kitchen Worlds (Shanti Suki Osman, Eva Storms), Konflikt als Methode (Aïcha Diallo, Suza Husse, Ferdi Thajib), Nights Sweats (Emma Haugh), Streitbauten (Aïcha Diallo, Lorenzo Sandoval) as well as from the Youth Club of Sinneswandel gGmbH and the Meeting Point at the Women’s Center Schokofabrik housed in a contentious, nomadic architecture by Lorenzo Sandoval. The Alphabet of Conflict Tea Ceremony takes place on an ongoing basis in the exhibition.

Live Drawing by El Boum

1pm – 8pm: Kill Your Darlings
Open workshop for bloggers and those who want to start blogging, with Valerie-Siba Rousparast und Caren Miesenberger

1pm – 2pm: How to blog (in German with DGS., English possible)

2pm – 3.30pm: Comic Live Show (in German language with DGS)
Watch and/or draw with Charlotte Hofmann

2.30pm – 4pm: Secret Language/Standard Language: Word X Gesture (in German and English languages with DGS) 
Game with Tali Tiller, Ferdi Thajib, Qwigo L. Baldwin

4pm – 5.30pm: Contentious Constructions: Who Owns the City? (in German language with DGS) 
Discussion Moderated by Aïcha Diallo

6pm – 8pm: Video Art Channel

7pm: Video-Conversation about Some Kind of Nature with Friederike Nastold (in German language with DGS)


from noon: Caring for Conflict exhibition and live drawing by El Boum

noon – 8pm: Kill Your Darlings
Open workshop for bloggers and those who want to start blogging, with Magda Albrecht & Leah Bretz

noon – 1pm: How to blog (in German with DGS)

1pm – 3pm: What are queer cultures of conflict (in German language with DGS)
Workshop with Antke Engel

From 3pm: Trickster Performance
by Vio G.C. (Violeta Garcia Claramunt)

3.30pm – 5pm: Reading Gloria Anzaldúa’s Drawings (in German language with DGS)
Workshop about the imagery of the Chicana, tejana, worker, dyke-feminist poet and theoretician (1942-2004) with Verena Melgarejo Weinandt

5pm – 7pm: Practices of Radical Health Care
Exhibition opening of the Feminist Health Care Research Group

6.30pm – 8.30pm: Video Art Channel

7.30pm: Video-Conversation with Mirkan Deniz and Kinay Olcaytu (in German language with DGS)


Missy Magazine, Caring for Conflict, Feminist Health Care Research Group und Sound Systers present:

8.30pm: Songs of Radical Care Performance by Golden Diskó Ship
with covers of feminist health songs by Amore e Potere, Flying Lesbians and an LP by Frauenoffensive

Who Owns the World
Live Konzert by Adi Amati (Trap, Rap, Funk, Retro R’n’B and Pop)

ca. 10:30pm: Caring for Conflict Live Dance Mix
by Juba (Afrobeats, Afrohouse, Gqom, Kuduro

Barrierefreiheit, DGS und Kinderbetreuung

Almost all of the festival contributions are offered with interpreters for German and German Sign Language (DGS). Communications assistants in German Sign Language additionally open up informal bilingual opportunities for discussion. The festival is accessible for wheelchairs. Please contact us regarding further information regarding accessibility for differently abled people. On both days of the festival we will offer child care for children aged two to twelve years old – a registration by 12 June is required: mail@caring-for-conflict.de.

German sign language and further measures to minimize barriers at the KLIRRRRR festival were sponsored by Aktion Mensch.