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Friday 25 June 2021

School of Resistance—Episode Fifteen: Queer Utopia: The Right to Desire

LGBTQI Rights and the Artistic Potential of Transforming Desire and Gender

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Friday 25 June 2021

NTGent presented School of Resistance, Episode Fifteen: Queer Utopia livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 25 June 2021 at 20:00 CEST (Brussels, Cairo, UTC +2) / 19:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, Santiago de Chile, UTC -4) / 11 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7).

Driven by a widespread nationalist movement and a strong religious presence, the LGBTQI community has become the new top enemy of the Polish authorities. The queer community living in the country finds itself confronted with but three choices: to keep their heads down, to leave the country or to fight back.

The fifteenth episode of School of Resistance, created in the context of the Polish Malta Festival 2021 in Poznan, will bring together several people who center their work around queer liberation. Together with the philosopher Helen Hester and author of the book Xenofeminism, the Polish drag performer and political activist Maciej “Gąsiu” Gosniowski will talk about LGBTQI rights and the artistic potential of transforming desire and gender.

Helen Hester is Professor of Gender, Technology and Cultural Politics at the University of West London. Her research interests include technofeminism, social reproduction, and theories of work, and she is the author of Xenofeminism (Polity: 2018) and Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (SUNY: 2014).

Maciej “Gąsiu” Gośniowski is a graduate of the National Theater School in Krakow. He directed the show Borderline Queen. Kerstas at the National Theater in Vilnius, and Patriarchy Queen in cooperation with the Komuna // Warszawa theater. His work is inspired by the art of trashu and breaks the stereotypical perception of gender, especially masculinity. He describes himself with the phrase "masculine enough to be queer".

The School of Resistance is a discourse format with experts on change from around the world: artists, activists, politicians and philosophers.

On 20 April 2020, the price of oil fell below zero for the first time in history. It was not the only world record caused by Covid-19. In only a few months a malicious virus succeeded in doing what worldwide protest marches and general strikes could not: slowing down our planet. Correction: slowing down all human activities on this planet. Suddenly we as a society remember the importance of “economy” as a way to support life and not to make profit at any price.

But how can we shape the future of our planet without falling back into old, destructive patterns? In order to solve the problems we face today and to find valuable alternatives for the future, the School of Resistance creates a platform of experts on change around the world: artists, activists, politicians and philosophers. The IIPM continues together with NTGent its work on the contradictions of the global economy: using the means of activism and art, the aim is to create a blueprint for a politics of resistance. The debate series consists of a monthly livestream and will be concluded with an event in February 2021 at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

A project of IIPM and NTGent, in cooperation with Akademie der Künste, HowlRound Theatre Commons, medico international, Merve Verlag, European Alternatives and funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

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