It’s been a while!

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It’s been a while since I have written here – about time for an update! Somehow blogging about things has led me to giving talks about things, and this has turned out as rather time consuming. I have done quite a few talks in the last months, and plan on publishing at least parts of it on this english blog of mine, too, starting with the VR and art one. There were:

That’s why the lady is a fan” – On the power of fangirling – female fan culture and the internet. I wrote this for the fan culture exhbition “PASSION” and held it a second time last week at Katana, at the Salon der unerfüllten Wünsche. I will hold this one again at Ladyfest Mannheim in July. I haven’t been to a Ladyfest in years but the ones I visited or organized myself were a wonderful experience, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Reclaim The Night” – About why sexual harassment in nightlife happens as regularly as it is invisible, and what can be done about it. One to encourage people to get loud about this still far too neglected topic. It was for a night that aimed at giving the audience that comes to our (musikverein, the promoter collective I work with) shows and club nights a possibility to talk about this and join together for solutions. I will hold this talk once more at Klangtherapie Festival – a 3 days open air electronic music festival. We’ll see how that goes. 😉

Virtual Reality and Art – I tried to give an overview about what I find special about the medium, e.g. the perspective and disappearance of a narrator, and why I wish more *independent* art would (be able to) explore it. I did this one for re:publica conference and it was a great experience to be there – I filled my head with as many talks I could visit in those three days in Berlin. I had offered them another talk but was asked if I could do one about this topic instead and it definitely is one that I enjoyed wrapping some thoughts around.

Soft Resistance – an older one (a few months) about how digitalisation is interwoven in our everyday lives and about how images led and lead to digital dualist misunderstandings. I had a really wonderful time holding this one in Hamburg and Bremen for data/city/explosion – great people!

Another new date: I have the pleasure to do an ORCHID floor (my queer underground club night) at Munich’s Pride at the venerable huge townhall, and I will bring my wonderful mate DOUBLE U CC of Trouble In Paradise, an all female underground hiphop night, with me as co dj. It’s the second time I spin at Pride Munich while there’s still no connection between my local Pride and me. For reasons. Even in 2015 it still labelled itself only as “lesbian gay”, as if visibility wouldn’t be one of the cores of Pride. What about trans/inter/bi folks? “LGBT” is the minimum you should go for if you claim to represent the whole of your bloody rainbow. If Pride is just about making friends with and about fitting nicely into a society that still is quite hostile to many queers instead of making the problems of the weakest amongst us more visible, it’s just a carnival for the oppressors. If I had a lot of time I would sooooooooo like to start a little alt Pride in Nuremberg, without sponsoring, religion and conservative party politics.

Anyways.

The main part of my time I have – as always – spent with plotting shows and club nights with my musikverein mates and we have such great shows coming up: Astronautalis + Ceschi, Mr. Heart + Chimney, and pleaaaaase don’t miss Downtown Boys! And Tommy Genesis. And Zu! And Le1f! My next night djing will be our fabulous 80s night: Dancing With Tears In My Eyes and then Orchid end of june. For that one I have decided to offer karaoke from 22-midnight and have yet to figure out how – this should be fun, the figuring as well as the night itself! Can’t wait. A girl has no shame.

That’s it for now as an update and first step back into blogging. Now that I have reclaimed my balcony from snow and rain, and now that I have finished rewatching all of Gilmore Girls and have caught up with all of Game of Thrones, there is no holding me back! \o/
Hope that there are some readers left after this long break.

“Anywhere that is safe” Mix

 

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A mix that I made to channel my anger and sadness after the racist protests and police action against an arriving bus of refugees in Clausnitz in February 2016.
#refugeeswelcome #1213

Here’s a mixcloud link for streaming and below you’ll find a link to my reanimated my Heartthis.at account from which the mix can also be downloaded.

 

Shlomo – Apathy (feat. d33j)
Portishead – Machine gun
Chino Amobi – They don’t really care about us
M.I.A. – Borders
Nani Castle x Udachi – Lift the veil (feat. Nire)
Gr◯un土 – FR∞SHINE
Sexwitch – Ha Howa Ha Howa
DAVEM – Some day in the dark side
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Acid Arab – Amal
Ancient Methods – Guided by the force of compassion
Royal Family And The Poor – Art on 45
CRASHprez – Love the Police (feat. Lord of the Fly & Otis Franklin) (prod. Oliver Hunt)
Lunice – All clear
1127 – It never drops
Snow Tha Product – Play
Novelist – Street politician
Dullah Beatz – Time
Visionist – Victim
Warsan Shire – Home
Lakker – Mountain divide
Incl. samples from the police press conference after Clausnitz and of Varoufakis at BBCQuestionTime.

Solidarity with all victims everywhere and writing about not-writing

I see the need for all the hot takes and opinion status updates in order to find a stable position on grounds that feel frageile after having been shaken up by the horror of attacks – applies both to part of the media as to people posting on social media. Solidarity profile pictures, words about one’s own place in and one’s own view on the attacks, in the context of Paris, of other attacks, of Europe’s refugee situation, of the band’s and the venue’s jewish context, and so on. I understand it but I felt mute. I wondered about this while still lying in my bed, still numb from last night, the collision of the news of the attack on Twitter with being out on a club night, music, alcohol… this surreal feeling that almost has become a new normal. Anyways: For me, nothing seemed appropriate to post. Every sentence that took shape in my head seemed to be a shady appropriation of the attacks. Like the above line about my last night out: It is about me me me instead of the victims. This feels wrong. I rather felt like taking a step back, stand-by. Even retweeting – in all its semi-passive humbleness – seemed almost too much. Even posting my solidarity with victims seemed … stale, empty, formulaic.

Don’t get me wrong: I do see most postings about this as a social effort to reach out to each other, to share fears, connect, to reassure each other, which is all fine and good. Even if they are written in demanding tone. In the face of such attacks the need to reassure one another is simply human. But then human is not simple. I felt less human for reading many of those status updates as misappropriation. Made me feel cynical. As if I was doing human wrong, doing social wrong. I felt like standing back, making room instead of rubbing my point of view all over the attacks. Facebook asking to change avatars to the French national colours was a nauseating shallow peak. I was thankful when Sam Kriss (whom I often appreciate for what I’d call constructive provocation) posted his thoughts on his blog because they made me feel less lost: Sam Kriss – How to politicise a tragedy

“If it’s barbarism to write poetry after Auschwitz, then it’s also barbarism to write thinkpieces after Paris. Don’t politicise; don’t use mass murder to score rhetorical points against your enemies, don’t crow je te l’avais bien dit, don’t play tug-of-war with the bodies, don’t make this about yourself, don’t make this about politics. […]

When it’s deployed honestly, the command to not politicise means to not make someone’s death about something else: it’s not about the issue you’ve always cared about; it’s not about you. To do this is one type of politics. But there’s another. Insisting on the humanity of the victims is also a political act, and as tragedy is spun into civilisational conflict or an excuse to victimise those who are already victims, it’s a very necessary one. There is the politicisation that seizes on death for limited political aims, and then there is the politicisation that would refuse any predetermined script other than the call for liberation. It insists on the political nature of tragedy, not to shunt it towards one or another narrative pit, or to put a left-ish or right-ish filter over the images of bloodshed, but because politics is a way out of all this. Atrocity demands solidarity. Absolute sympathy for the victims; for all victims.”

Sam Kriss’ text also echoes with a reading we had at the Zentralcafé last night: Frank Apunkt Schneider talked about nazi symbolism in german post-punk in the 80s. There were bands in which for the first time after WW2 some young german punks talked/sang/wrote about being nazis in a “we” perspective, right into the face of the elder nazi or ex-nazi generation whose accounting of the past only happened safely at the sidelines of society while in the center people simply didn’t talk about it. Suddenly no one had been a nazi. That silence was deafening. Those punks made people painfully aware of the joy, if not even lust that the nazi generation indeed had taken in humiliating, violating and killing jewish and other people that didn’t fit their sick world view. With faux-affirmative lyrics like “Es war so nett, nett, nett im KZ” (“it was so nice, nice, nice in the concentration camp”) they tried to tear apart the comfy cushions of lies of an elder generation that rejected to face up to its past. Why I’m mentioning this? At the end of his talk Frank Apunkt Schneider made a very necessary dialectical twist: After he had argued for the apparent effectiveness of this back then, he ended with adding the view of the victims and their descendants, and by this showed how this faux-affirmative play with nazi symbolism in the end still is an instrumentalisation of the Shoah for german’s own good that only works if you exclude the point of view of those affected, in short: it only works if you only make it about you.

So… that  once more:

Atrocity demands solidarity. Absolute sympathy for the victims; for all victims.

I am aware that my blog post’s point is against its own existence – writing about not-writing in the face of tragedy and confusion. Making it about me. Doing it wrong.

P.S. Wenn ihr Gelegenheit habt , diesen Vortrag, “My Future in the SS” zu besuchen – große Empfehlung. Wie alle Vorträge von Frank Apunkt Schneider. Außerdem hier noch ein Link zu der hervorragenden Filmkritik Georg Seeßlens zu Tarantinos “Inglorious Basterds“, auf die sich in dem Vortrag auch bezogen wurde.

the toxicity of difference – rough and a draft

if i had to consider one thing being my super power it’s that i’ve learned to embrace “not belonging”. not as a woman in a male-centric scene and society, not geographically, not as a queer in a straight world, not as being single in a world of couples, and so on – my list is long but not the longest. coming out with any of it makes every sentence you speak perceived as loaded, in good ways (passion! contagiously energetic! inspiring! helpful!) and bad ways (touchy… over-sensitive… taking the fun out of it… demanding…) oh, can’t she for once just be… yes, can’t i for once just be?!!!
difference is a very slow but steady current that makes your ice floe drift away again and again from friends who don’t have to live with it. if i didn’t want to let it break me, i had to find and cling to the good sides of not belonging. and it keeps me alive and buzzing and feeling good and empowered 90% of the time. but then, sometimes, something switches the light out and in the dark it turns against me and then there’s nothing i can do but fall.
opening up about it always seems to be most necessary in the worst moments. the weakest moments. when you can hardly move. when you can hardly talk and if you dare every word comes out wrong. chest feels torn open. tits aching, an unrelatable soft mess of flesh, clawed soft messy meat, twin tower strangers translating into the physical this thing, this wrong, the pure pain of being othered and you succumb, you hide.
you, trying desperately to laugh at your friends’ jokes just to feel less different. just to feel… less. you, silently howling at the mediocrity of every thing that makes you stand out as the ulcer that’s just not gotten cut out yet. you, in these moments: deep throated by life, choking, silenced. loss of language is the worst. every move, every look turns into balancing on the edge of the abyss that then has opened between you and other people, between you and that life from a few hours ago, that seemed to live itself, as if natural. swear to never take that for granted again.
in those moments there’s no help, there’s just loss. you long for a look, a word, a touch that reaches out to you. understands. sees. eases. but: you are ready to fight it nail and tooth just to show you don’t need it. accidental isolation. don’t bleed. just breathe. i really don’t envy those around me.
the toxicity of difference: ever tried fighting loss of control with loss of control?
oh, what a pathetic failing load of letters.

Mat Dryhurst’s Saga – make your embeddable videos fluid and context-relevant

“Saga however encourages artists to challenge the way their work is being ‘exploited’ online.

[… a self-hosted] video embed much like YouTube or Vimeo that can be changed if you don’t like the context in which your work is displayed. For example, if someone posts your work next to something you don’t like, you can obscure it with a slogan or graphic. If someone is hosting advertising alongside you work, you can even charge them to keep hosting it.” FACT Magazine
(Hier auch ein deutschsprachiger Artikel im Groove dazu)

I also love the Saga idea for other aspects: it opens possibilities for keeping digital art fluid instead of a finished fixed object, and: For playing with contexts. I still think context awareness – on the level of how it produces meaning and of how it is socially relevant – is disappointingly neglected by critical thinking and art. In the for-high-profit tech bubble context is well explored, or another examplet. news media build formally and technically different content for different platform contexts, optimizing it for what users of that special platform prefer and depending on distintictive technical features of a platform). Today profit industry and state, marketing companies, social media platforms like Facebook etc., the NSA – are the most sensitively and aware fields if it comes to considering the emotional, social and political effects of context. Just think of how each of us has a totally different view of Facebook, each of us enclosed in the perspective of their own unique timeline. Facebook though has a god-like view on all of our personalized time lines and it can gamble with that knowledge. Something like Saga shows how embed functions create a similar power imbalance and how to shift this balance. Me, personally, I’m less interested in the profit aspect of this (though it’s all good to aim at making things more fair) but I’m fascinated even more by the possibilities it opens for making critically and creatively challenging everchanging content that is different in different contexts. That opens so many possibilities. It could raise more context awareness. It could be like an inverse mirror/metaphor for our personalized spaces on social media. Less archive, more moment, more ephemerality also could be an aspect. Now once more I wish I was more of a geek so I could try Saga myself.

Go find more info >>> HERE <<< while I’ll stay here and keep F5-ing and suspiciously eyeing the video below and the picture above for changes. ??

Too many zombies – Orchid, The Walking Dead, Jauch, Varoufakis

I’d like to thank everyone involved in another splendid fabulous ORCHID night – I could have played another few hours, felt so good. Thanks to Dennis STORIES/OF/A/STONER for djing with me and to the glorious helpers for decoration, bar and door!
Late, as so often, here’s the artwork:

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This time I picked a zombie theme but did not do a Romero and depict the zombies as the opressed. It reached its cynical peak in World War Z, which still echoed in a car ad by Audi that showed worker’s of independent car services as zombies in contrast to the safe large corporate-owned services. After that I don’t want to use this imagery this way round anymore. So for ORCHID I thought, what if we turn the perspective around and look at the cis-/heteronormative parts of society as the slow braindead beasts we have to struggle with every day. Even if it often seems sisyphos work and the rise of the far right right now is scary – we won’t be silent, we won’t hide, we won’t conform to appear straight, and: we will dance. You see, I like constructing my club nights as critical pop art. ^^

As I didn’t have the possibility to make little tamagotchi zombie homophobes – which I would have loooved! – I zombified some of my *favourite* german anti-queer propagandists and made collector cards:

zombiesammelkarten

The day after ORCHID I was appropriately binge-watching The Walking Dead while recovering. It’s a series I hate-love. The Michonne and Andrea storyline was great but got far too little room. The scene in which Michonne turns up with the two *slave* zombies on chains and saves Andrea is such a powerful image, and I wish they had made a whole season of those ladies’ adventures on the road. Instead of the Governor’s return. A whole episode dedicated to him? Please! Booooring. As if we needed any more stories about violent white psycho men depicted as troubled suffering souls… and not one, not two, no: three women following him and falling for him… zzzzzzzzz… More Michonne plz.

Anyways: That Gov’s return episode turned me off and I switched over to a recorded livestream of a Yanis Varoufakis talk at a Portuguese university I had bookmarked. I love watching his talks. For his ideas, his way with words and for the passion and charisma with which he delivers his message. In (economic) politics he is like what Michonne is in the battle against zombies, ever the outsider. And like what Guy Picciotto and Fugazi were for me as a woman in Hardcore/Punk back in the Nineties – not perfect, because I’d rather have seen more women on stage, but still helping to take so much of what held us down away. And being sexy, passionate and inclusive while doing so. Varoufakis is making politics a sexy threat again, he is trying to make political discussion everyone’s business again, taking down the expert myth that’s so dangerous for democracy, speaking up for solidarity, basically: trying to drag the European left out of its melancholy. We need more politicial non-politicians standing up to the zombie apocalypse. And it could become my favourite hungover late night pastime to transcribe at least parts of his talks, both to savour and to share them.

“I am tired of talk shows being used not to mediate but to put oil into the fire of public disputes and *fears*.”

 

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Last night then, I experienced a real flash of fear turning my stomach when I saw Björn Höcke (AfD) given a platform to display his far right propaganda on Germany’s most-watched talk show, Jauch. The reach! Knowing how many of his followers out at the screens cheering him. Höcke even pulled out a little german flag as nationalist power gesture, bragging about his deep love for his country. Could only have been more dramatic/ridiculous if he had pulled it from his trouser fly. His speeches at rallies are quite something: Rants about protecting blond german women from refugees and about a 1000 year future of the Reich Germany. Some people have understandably compared his propaganda style to Goebbels. It is dangerous to give someone like him space on tv, especially with the political climate we have right now: Refugee homes burning, gallows for Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel at PEGIDA rallies, a refugee-friendly politician in a coma from a knife-attack just this week-end. It is twice as dangerous if you don’t have a fierece zombie fighter – say, a competent host :eyeroll: – rebutting the nazi propaganda strongly. I am tired of talk shows being used not to mediate but to put oil into the fire of public disputes and *fears*. Höcke, especially in the first half of the show last night, definitely was a new peak in far right propaganda given place on public tv.

“Borders are an absurdity looked at from space”

Let me connect this back to Yanis Varoufakis: I loved how on BBC question time a few weeks ago (3:29min into the clip) he put the UKIP fearmonger into place with his rebuttal of anti-refugee propaganda (my transcription below):

 

 

Varoufakis: “Let me remind you, ladies that in general we’re all migrants and we’re all economical migrants. If I believe my anthropologist friends we’re all Africans actually who came to these parts of the world. A long time ago. But the notion that at a time when there are tens of thousands of desperate refugees being washed up at the shores of Greece and Italy, when there are 3.1 million refugees from that particular conflict in Jordan, in Turkey, in Libanon, and that these poor countries have opened their doors to these refugees and they welcomed them, they’ve sheltered them, they feed them, they make sure that they have water to drink – to have this discussion in Cambridge today of wether there’ll be ten- or twenty-thousand people were let in, to have this moral panic because a few wretched souls at the other side of the channel in Calais, this is not putting in good stead this country. This country deserves a lot better.”

Asked if he’d be for open door policy, letting everyone in:

“I have a tendency to say that I think that borders are an absurdity looked at from space. But we should have a robust debate on precisely the mechanics of dealing with this humanitarian crisis. To simply conjure up ridiculously pathetically low numbers – for a start we’re running a risk of running Mrs Merkel into the moral maiden.”

On the distinction between “humanitarian” and “economic” refugees:

“I make the distinction but at the same time I recognize that the distinction is rather blurred in many occasions because starving to death due to lack of economic opportunity…

Gets interrupted by Hartley-Brewer: “They’re not starving to death!”

V: “Well, some people are! With migrants from Africa who migrated to Greece under incredible circumstances because their kids were starving to death I can not easily say that these people are undeserving whereas others have deserved because they were shot at. You may make this distinction but I’m not going to follow you.”

“The problem with austerity is that it’s being used as a narrative in order to conduct a class war.”

And while I’m at it, here’s some more:

On austerity (at 20:45min):

“The problem with austerity is that it’s being used as a narrative in order to conduct a class war. And by that I mean … let me give you a very simple example: In Britain today, when you have the lowest percentage of public spending as a proportion of national income for the last 70 years, to be talking about reducing the state welfare when effectively what you’re doing is that you’re reducing taxes like inheritance tax and at the same time you’re cutting benefits: that’s class war. In the state in which Britain finds itself today.”

On cuts of National Health Service and education (at 56:17min):
“Allow me to look at this issue from the outside, being an outsider. This country has produced precious institutions, the NHS is one, the great universities another. Somewhere along the line you folks lost your nerve and you started questioning your own achievements, and this market fetishism entered realms in which it was never meant to be good at, like for instant the NHS or universities and you started to apply market solutions where they would never work. They resemble more like soviet planning with these market indicators, and trying to quantify the unquantifiable, the result of which of course is a loss of quality, both in the universities and in the hospitals. I think you should go back to the great tradition of public service. And public services provided by means of hierarchical institutions in which good people, dedicated to the task, do good stuff without having constantly to tot down and quantify everything they’re doing with the managers in the end taking a large part of the cut away from the doctors and the nurses.”

BTW: His appearance on BBC Question Time seems to have left quite an impression on some UK youth:

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(After seeing one tweet like this popping up I did a Twitter search, that’s the result. ^^)

P.S.: Favourite album du jour:

BLUE DAISY – Darker Than Blue
It’s fully streamable (and purchasable) on bandcamp.

Journalism and the longing for authentic truth – German media scepticism

“To them each editorial choice means a bending of the truth”

In Germany since a few years journalism has been battling against a surprisingly big part of the public talking about how mainstream press can not be trusted. Coming from ‘the left’, I first did not take it too serious because we are a media-critical scene, too – comes with the anti-authoritarianism, I guess. So you take the news with a grain of salt, do not believe in a single truth anyways, you get interested in a bit of media and identity theory, and knowing from which paper an article comes you try to distract the bias to approach that wibbily wobbly timey wimey sexy little thing called truth. What I am talking about here is different though. This new wave of media criticism comes with a lack of interest in how journalism works. When these people think of press as lying they mistake ‘constructed’ for ‘lie’. Consequently to them each editorial choice means a bending of the truth, moving a step away from what ‘actually’ happened.

What makes things worse: It comes with an unhealthy dose of anti-intellectualism. The class and education gap between journalists and a big part of their audience might play into this dissonance. And it is hard bringing up even basic De Saussure to people who insist on common sense and gut feeling as weapons of choice to approach truth.

“tech people’s dreams and the anti-intellectual media scepticism both show a longing for objectivism and authentic truth to tame the scary fluidity of life.”

“Words are perceived as an obstacle to honesty, rather than a means of delivering it”, William Davies explains in an article on the rise of wearables, Facebook and Amazon. I think it is the same longing for authenticity and truth and the same (mis)understanding and disconnection from theory that leads to both: to this special kind of media scepticism and to what Zuckerberg is on about when he dreams of unfiltered telepathic communication as the future:

“We’ll have AR [augmented reality] and other devices that we can wear almost all the time to improve our experience and communication. One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full, rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like.This would be the ultimate communication technology.” (William Davies quoting Zuckerberg, The Atlantic)

It is quite telling that the man who is in charge of the social network that mediates communication most is dreaming of unfiltered communication. (If you need a quick entertaining counter stance, try ‘Greeks bearing gifts‘, an episode of Torchwood about a telepathic wearable. I wonder if it is more or less worrying to think these tech guys never seem to have thought of how heavily everyone would have to police their thoughts to make this work as acceptable everyday way of communication.) Those tech people’s dreams and the anti-intellectual media scepticism both sound a bit like “reduce us to biology, plz, theory and language is too slippery”. Biology to the one means the taming of the body with tech, to the other it’s the taming of knowledge about the world with common sense and gut feeling. Both show a longing for objectivism and authentic truth to tame the scary fluidity of life.

“The cultural shift from an openly controlled society like the GRD to a society in which you have a mix of more freedom but also lots of concealed control might make a bigger difference than we thought.”

But back to that german scepticism for journalism. Yesterday for my birthday I had a little coffee party with family and such. One guy started talking about how media pictures always show women and children refugees while he knows from someone working in a city council that in their city there are 90% male refugees. I said, ( regretting that I had no numbers at hand), that the logic might be: we had a rise of anti-refugee protests and crimes, and racist people perceive refugee men as much more of a threat than women or children, so the press might hope to rise empathy instead of fear. That’s what turned the talk to news being “made”, crafted. He said, he doesn’t get why the news does not just show what’s really there and let’s people do their own interpreting. I gave him a basic “news can never be objective, because you always pick something for a story and leave something else out”. A picture is always just showing a snippet of a scene, ripped out of context: it doesn’t show what’s outside of the frame, it doesn’t show what happens before and after, it doesn’t show why the editor picked that photo etc. He then told me about how a friend of his who works for the city council and was one of the emergency folks who were sent to help arriving refugees at some train station last week, when the german gov let all refugees in for two days. There she was ordered, as part of her job, to hold up or put up banners with a “refugee welcome” message. While not being anti-refugees, this reminded him too much of his youth in former East Germany, of how they were forced to wave flags at events staged for state-controlled media. Looking into his eyes when he told that for the first time I understood that there is a huge sensitivity about things like that which I guess West Germans can not really grasp. While I was aware of the distrust in journalism being stronger in the former Eastern German part of the population somehow for the first time this really clicked for me. The cultural shift from an openly controlled society like the GRD to a society in which you have a mix of more freedom but also lots of concealed control might make a bigger difference than we thought. That concealed kind of control is what of course many west germans also criticize but I don’t think we really get how different our cultural background makes us.

“The social web shattering the myth of impartial objectivity leads to a feeling of betrayal that spreads distrust, and this distrust leads to the erosion solidarity that we experience hate messages all over the web and on the streets.”

Add to this the cultural shift that came with the mainstream population entering the social web over the last few years and discovering that there is a multitude of perspectives to the same events out there. The social web shattering the myth of impartial objectivity is one of the big topics of our time and it echoes through so many parts of our lives. The dangerous rise of scepticism against journalism is just one of those ripples. I am no big fan of the gatekeeper mechanism of old media because it only amplified the perspective of a very narrow spectrum of people as status quo. Yet I think its loss without a new, more diverse mediating mechanism for the controversial voices that make up a society is dangerous. We need mediating tools, mechanisms, forums, etc. to get to a societal consensus but it needs to be more democratic, interactive and diverse than the old gatekeeper-journalism. Else this feeling of betrayal that so many seem to suffer from will keep spreading. And it will keep spreading distrust that leads to the erosion of solidarity that we experience in hate messages on the web and on the streets.

“This feeling of distrust is what a surge of new small viral media exploits: Jung&Naiv, Ken.FM, Ruplty – all on different levels”

This feeling of distrust is what a surge of new small viral media exploits: the common sense journalism of Jung&Naiv is not really that far away from Ken.FM’s conspiracy show. Or bloody Ruptly, acting as if it was unfiltered by any agenda. They all got this truther pose: We give you the real thing, we are authentic news, we unveil the secret agenda of the powerful. Of course they will never satisfy this hunger because there is not one big secret agenda just as there is not one objective truth. But people keep hanging on their lips, hoping of every layer that gets exposed that it could be the final one that exposes what really is behind it all. The one simple fix truth that heals them from the horrible everchanging complexity of the world. What those small viral media outlets do is basically an endless strip show, appealing to and profiting from constant arousal but not interested in solutions and giving people knowledge that doesn’t overwhelm them. They exploit the longing for authenticity and truth that is a mark of our times, from digital detox to organic food.

“It is a fine line between mediating different perspectives on an event and shaping opinions for what the government thinks is appropriate as societal perspective on an event.”

Then, of course, there are times when media indeed gets used to shape opinions. It is a fine line between mediating different perspectives on an event and shaping opinions for what the government thinks is appropriate as societal perspective on an event. (If in doubt, I’d apply the simplest satire rule: Top-down is a no-go.) Again, an example from the treatment of refugees: For a while german news were dominated by stories about aggressive anti-refugee protests and arson attacks on refugee shelters, and very disconnected from the perspective of refugees. Fear and hate thusly got perceived as the common german reaction to refugees. Racists celebrated it as display of their power, numbers and success. Then there was a huge press shift to counter this with news about solidarity, showing refugees’ stories, showing how many people in Germany welcome and help refugees. Thus displaying solidarity with refugees as societal consensus. When journalism still had its gatekeeper role it was the only window through which people could look onto events. Back then such a shift would have worked as “ah, german’s have changed, now they are in favour of refugees”. Today, such a shift also gets noticed as “erm, why this sudden new focus in all the papers while there still are arson attacks on refugee shelters?” Doing the “look over there, a solidarity squirrel!” doesn’t work that well anymore. Thanks / Blame to social media the public is more aware that this story only could be told this way because Merkel helped turning it into a reportable emergency situation. The weary long term help for refugees is too boring to report, no one would read it. To make it worth attention, we need crisis moments, pictures like those train stations.

“I’m still angry at those few days in which Merkel used human beings as tactical gaming pieces.”

I’m still angry at those few days in which Merkel used human beings as tactical gaming pieces. Human beings who already are in the worst situation, driven from their homes, ending up in inhuman camp situations, often for years, that get sold as big-hearted aid from saviours. If this use of people, their situation and emotions is what governing in social data/media times looks like we might have soe highly entertaining years ahead. Bread and games 3.0.

I’ll stop this blog post here because I got work to do and can’t think of a fancy end anyways but I won’t end without mentioning one of the tweets that kickstarted me into writing this up (and thusly without mentioning the fabulous #Hameron #piggate etc.) :

“So the newspapers are going to run with “top button undone” as news, but not “pig-fucker in chief”, and still claim not to be biased?” Huw Lemmy (who’s book Chubz I still haven’t reviewed here but trust me and just go get it – it’s great.)

(For non-Followers of #Hameron / #piggate: He contrasts the way Corbyn gets slammed by the UK press for nothings with the way Cameron can fuck a pig to get into a student club that basically helped him to get to the position he now is in and still gets treated with gloves.)

This and a few other UK tweets reminded me of how I have not yet heard about a similar anti-trust-in-journalism movement from other countries. I wonder if there is, and if so, what its specifics are (same longing for authentic truth? same anti-intellectualism? a north/south thing that might be similar to the east/west german difference in this? other things?)

ORCHID – We’re all prostitutes!

“We’re all prostitutes” 
The Pop Group

Eigentlich wollte ich noch einen ausführlichen Blogpost dazu schreiben, warum ich den Erlös der ORCHID Party diesen Samstag, 1.8.16 im Zentralcafé, an Kassandra e.V. spenden möchte, aber die Zeit rennt mir mit Party-Vorbereitungen und Musik aussuchen davon, also nur die Kurzfassung:

Aus dem konservativen Lager wird in den letzten Jahren wieder lauter gegen uns Queers und gegen Sexarbeiter*innen Stimmung gemacht. Deswegen möchte ORCHID – auch in Erinnerung an früheres Zusammenstehen (ich sag nur “Schwulen- und Hurengala” 1990 im KOMM) – ein kleines queer-feministisches Zeichen der Solidarität setzen und etwas Geld für die knappe Kasse des engagierten Kassandra-Vereins erfeiern, ganz im Geiste einer Repolitisierung des CSD: Sexarbeit sollte nicht stigmatisiert werden und die Idee eines Prostituiertenmeldegesetzes ist einfach nur krank und gefährlich. Sex work is work.

Ich wünsche allen morgen einen großartigen CSD und eine rauschende Partynacht!
Unten dann noch etwas mehr Info.

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Was ist der Kassandra-Verein?
“Kassandra ist Ansprechpartnerin für Sexarbeit und Prostitution. Wir setzen uns dafür ein, dass Menschen in der Sexarbeit mit Respekt behandelt werden und der Wert ihrer Arbeit für die Gesellschaft anerkannt wird. Die rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen für Sexarbeit müssen so gestaltet werden, wie sie auch für andere Tätigkeiten gelten.”
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Noch etwas genauer, was mit dem derzeit geplanten Prostitutionsmeldegesetz droht: Totale Rundumüberwachung und drohende Kriminalisierung durch örtliche Meldepflicht (das hieße zum Beispiel: wenn du in Nürnberg gemeldet bist, wäre ein Kundenbesuch in Fürth ohne Ummeldung illegal). Die Meldepflicht soll auch für Gelegenheitsprostituierte gelten. Eine Meldepflicht übrigens, die es in dieser Form seit 1939 nicht mehr gab, wie J.R. Henning erwähnt. Dazu käme der Zwang zum ständigen Mitführen eines Nachweisdokuments. Jährliche obligatorische “medizinische Beratung”, während eine staatliche Behörde die “Einsichtsfähigkeit” von Sexarbeiter*innen überprüft. Erlaubnispflicht für “Prostitutionsstätten” samt Zuverlässigkeitsprüfung (z.B. auch wenn zwei Frauen zu gegenseitigem Schutz zusammen eine Wohnung nehmen, nicht erst bei großen Häusern). Jederzeitige, unangekündigte und verdachtsunabhängige Polizeikontrollen für die kein richterlicher Durchsuchungsbeschluss nötig ist. Ach ja, und Kondomzwang.

Donna Carmens J.R. Henning erklärt im junge-welt-Interview warum es zu einer solchen Kriminalisierung des Prostitutionsberufes kommt:
“Aus herrschender Sicht ist Prostitution das Einfallstor einer als unerwünscht geltenden »Armutsmigration«. Die Einwanderung geringqualifizierter Menschen erscheint als unzumutbare Belastung der verbliebenen Strukturen des Wohlfahrtsstaats. Hinzu kommt, dass der bürgerliche Staat sich immer weniger imstande sieht, Risiken und Folgewirkungen prekärer Beschäftigung seiner Staatsbürger dauerhaft zu kompensieren. Daher müssen die Lasten sozialer Verwerfungen wieder stärker auf Familien und familienähnliche Partnerschaften abgewälzt werden – Sozialstrukturen, die auf serieller Monogamie und damit auf der Einheit von Sexualität und Liebe beruhen. Prostitution aber steht für eine dezidierte Trennung von Sexualität und Liebe. Sie basiert auf dem Einvernehmen der Beteiligten, dass bezahlte sexuelle Dienstleistungen nicht mit verpflichtenden sozialen Bindungen einhergehen.”

Prekäre Arbeit, Diskriminierung aufgrund von Transsexualität, Stigmatisierung wegen einer Sexarbeit-Vergangenheit, zu niedrige Renten, zu teures Studium, kein Recht zu Arbeiten wegen Migrationsstatus – niemand bestreitet, dass es x Gründe gibt, der Menschen in die Sexarbeit treibt, die lieber etwas anderes täten, aber: Wenn wir für Sexarbeiter*innen etwas zum Besseren ändern wollen, dann müssen wir die Arbeits- und Lebensbedingungen für alle verbessern und sie nicht verschlimmern, wie es das Prostitutionsmeldegesetz tun würde. Wird, wenn wir nicht breit darauf aufmerksam machen und protestieren.

Falls du etwas spenden möchtest, kannst du das entweder einfach heute am Einlass tun, oder per Überweisung:
Kassandra e.V.
Sparkasse Nürnberg
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Swift-BIC: SSKNDE77XXX

Hier jetzt noch ein paar Links, Videos, Twitter-Accounts zum Weiter-Informieren über das Thema Sexarbeit:

How LGBT Liberation Connects to the Oldest Profession
Rather than ignore the centuries-long relationship between sex work and queer liberation, we should embrace it, writes editor at large Diane Anderson-Minshall.

Sexarbeit ist kein Verbrechen
Amnesty International kämpft für die Straffreiheit von Sexarbeit. Prominente wie Meryl Streep oder Alice Schwarzer kritisieren das in einem offenen Brief – sie liegen falsch damit. Ein Gastkommentar von Alexandra Belopolsky

»Meldepflicht für Sexarbeiterinnen hatten wir zuletzt 1939 unter den Nazis«
Der Entwurf der SPD für ein »Prostituiertengesetz« fällt noch hinter die Adenauer-Zeit zurück. Ein Gespräch mit Juanita Rosina Henning

„Prostituiertenschutzgesetz“: Ein schäbiges Gesetz
Eine Analyse von Doña Carmen e.V.Frankfurt, 17. Juli 2015 (PDF)

Prostitutionsdebatte: Wie Sexarbeiter*innen und Betroffene von Menschenhandel gegeneinander ausgespielt werden, von Sonja Dolinsek

Prostitutionsgesetz: Zurück in die dunklen Ecken (ausführliche Erläuterungen zu vielen Punkten)

Almut Wessel: Offener Brief an Manuela Schwesig: Ihr Plan ist ein Frontalangriff auf das sexuelle Selbstbestimmungsrecht ALLER Frauen

Laurie Penny: The most harmful effects of prostitution are caused by its criminality. Sex work isn’t stigmatised because it is dangerous. Sex work is dangerous because it is stigmatised.

Laurie Penny on sex work: The Soho raids show us the real problem with sex work isn’t the sex – it’s low-waged work itself. The moral crusade against the sex trade, whether it is pursued by the police or by high-profile feminists who have never done sex work, serves the same function that it has always served

Why Amnesty International Must Hold Firm in Its Support for Sex Workers

Amnesty International für die Menschenrechte von Sexarbeiterinnen und Sexarbeitern

How LGBT People Would Benefit From The Decriminalization Of Sex Work

Ein ganzer Blog zu Sex Work Research:

Auf Youtube:

“Sexarbeit als Weg der sexuellen Emanzipation” @courtisane_de

“A Swedish sexworker on the criminalization of clients” Pye Jacobsson

Wenn ihr auf Twitter seid, folgt zum Thema Sexarbeit doch zum Beispiel einfach:
@sonjdol
@melissagira (Melissa Gira Grants Buch “Playing the whore: The works of sex work” sei auch empfohlen! Auf deutsch: “Hure spielen: Die Arbeit der Sexarbeit“, Nautilus Verlag, 192 S.)
@pastachips
@courtisane_de

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Und als Bonus hier noch ein Clip von Nick Cave über den The Pop Group Song “We’re All Prostitutes”, der das Motto dieser ORCHID Nacht ist und das Thema natürlich weit über den Sexarbeitsbereich hinausträgt.