by Cunt Incognita, FOTZE in Berlin — she=he
This is a letter to an infoshop in Berlin about some workshops I want to do and my frustration with the unspoken bureaucracy of the leftist scene.
i’m now about to share a big deep trauma i have with the leftist scene.
starting with going to a workshop called männlichkeitsbilder in der antifa (Male images, Masculinity types within Antifascist politics) at friedelstrasse 54 last sunday, and the guy doing the workshop going around with a bowl where everybody was putting their mobile phones, and then putting the bowl in the fridge (or some other place while having the workshop) – not explaining anything, and no discussion whatsoever if this would be necessary or not.
i got the same feeling last time i was over at the faq cafe. a person who was there for the first time taking care of it, could not answer my usual desperate questions on how to practically arrange whether or not i would have some workshops there. i was asking for a person i could speak with face to face, someone who felt responsible for this, i asked for a phone number i could call, and the person was looking hesitantly at me, saying she’s not really sure it’s a good thing to share phone numbers.
i ended up writing down my phone number on a piece of paper. supposedly to be passed on to some person who could answer the questions about workshops.
here’s the number again:
0160 6777 059 (Please Call. It would make my life a whole lot easier and less stressful)
i’m not really doing any promotion for the workshops at faq.
i sent the info to stressfaktor, but nothing has been done with it so far (no info posted anywhere, and none of my questions answered, and i dont’ know why.)
also there’s no info on the faq site, and probably no info sent out on the mailing list you have?
i love diy. i love free spaces.
i hate the security paranoia, and the strong feeling of being trapped in an insider “who knows who” nightmare bureaucracy in order to be able to share something with others in a workshop or discussion.
i’m still not sure that the workshops are welcome at this place.
i’m trying to make clear that i have very small means of promoting them. i will NOT make flyers. i will NOT talk with everybody i meet. i would like to be able to have the information out there in some space where people who are interested, easily can find it and decide for themselves if they are interested in joining or not.
i can’t express the frustration i have with this.
that i would really like to be able to speak with someone face to face. since email contact is not working, and just prolonging this agony of being a total outsider to the “scene” that to me mostly is about people wanting to be cool or getting some status – not about people sharing what is in their hearts.
i got an email saying i would receive more info on keys and such later. that the person answering didn’t feel comfortable speaking english, and would write me when getting help with language.
i respect this. and my answer now is that i prefer SOME form of communication in WHATEVER language, rather than none.
i’m perfectly fine with getting the info in german as long as i: get some info.
and also would like to know who i can speak with in order to get the info about the workshops out on your mailing list, and on your website/blog (whatever it’s called).
please please please
SUNDAY MAY 9th. TIME: 15 – 18
:: Consensus Culture & Decision Making
How to deal with dictatorship in so called “flat
structured/anarchist/leaderless horizontal” groups?
Practical workshop with short intro to consensus and different meeting
techniques. — Consensus means to agree, to compromise until
everybody can agree on something. It’s a method to practice direct
democracy. It doesn’t mean that everybody should be of the same
opinion. It simply means that it’s possible to agree on a decision
that everybody can accept.
WEDNESDAY MAY 12th. TIME: 18 – 21
:: Theatre of the oppressed
Practical workshop where we through various warm-up exercises, games,
and finally theatre (role play) explore oppression on an up-close
THURSDAY MAY 13th. TIME: 19 – 21.
:: Alternative spaces & squatting from a radical feminist point of view.
Radical feminist talking about sexism within a social center project
in Helsinki and other spaces. Intro and then free discussion.
SATURDAY MAY 15th. TIME: 15 – 18
:: Feminist Self Defense
Practical workshop with mental, verbal and physical self defense.
Including games and role-play.
(For “WOMEN” = persons born with female genitals or intersexed who
have had faced oppression because of being categorized as female, or “women”
by the rest of society, “TRANS-MEN” and “TRANS-WOMEN”)
For more info: http://www.myspace.com/feminist_sister
LANGUAGE: The person doing the workshop speaks English, but it’s probably possible to work out translation in German.
For more info, questions, comments, please write to:
The workshops will take place at:
U-bahn: Leinestraße (U8)