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  • * The Asterisk Conversations in collaboration with Writers Unlimited.
    Episode #1 includes sci-fi writer Nalo Hopkinson and oral story teller Tirsa With.
    Episode #2 includes poet Pamela Sneed and poet Jolyn Phillips.
    Editing by Jörgen Gario Unom JG & illustrations by Ajsaajsaajsa 
    Audio Transcriptions available

    Asterik conversations expand and overlap, trusting that different themes and threads interweave and cross, influencing each other. The asterisk resists the idea of core business, of a single issue struggle (Audre Lorde) or truth with a capital T. As Jack Halberstam writes in Trans*: the asterisk refuses to “situate transition in relation to destination, a final form, a specific shape, or an established configuration of desire and identity”.

    The Asterisk Conversations* – “een sterretjesgesprek” features each episode a writer overseas and invites a maker based in The Netherlands to create a new work in response. This way, each podcast ends with the beginning of a new conversation.

  • Guest curator at Het Hem, Chapter 4OUR, “Abundance”. Curating a six month program and art exhibition, including performances, lectures, an art school course and artist residencies. Postponed from May 2020 to 2021.
Header Image from Inextinguishable Fire (2007-2015) by Cassils
  • Cruising Gezi Park, audio installation at the Refresh Amsterdam exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum. December 10, 2020 – March 28, 2021. Description and audio available at website.
Photo by Monique Vermeulen
  • Through The Window, a platform and exhibition for and by queer artists between Turkey and The Netherlands, staging the work of queer artists who are not usually considered ‘Dutch’ or ‘Turkish,’ supporting queer (nightlife) workers and performers during the Covid shutdown.
    Collaboration with Kübra Uzun & Ömer Evfik Erten.
    Funded by the Dutch Embassy Istanbul. Published at Instagram, @throughthewindowproject2020, May-September 2020

  • Guest lectures at University of the Underground, April 2020
    Rewriting histories
    Anal Terror
    Queer Grief
  • Revisiting Gossips This Thursday Night Live! programme revisits the lecture Do Comrades Gossip? by Jodi Dean. Looking back at a night of intimate conversations, writer and philosopher Simon(e) van Saarloos reflects on the evening through the lens of personal memory and practice.

Biz. Alive at the Gezi Park trial.

Hanneke Weetzer @ MU eindhoven, february 2020“A Chaotic Happening Inside The Black Hole – science after clarity”.
MU Eindhoven, february 2020. Foto Hanneke Wetzer,

ABSTRACT
David Buckel set himself on fire to publicly stage the horrors of climate change, Delores “Lolita” Lebrón performed a sensational act in the US congress hall, hailing bullets while calling out: ¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!

When do we recognize violence as violence? When is the absence of a counter-attack a form of compliance? Do the desires of activists need an expression of violence to establish an ‘otherwise’ that’s carefully repressed? In “Blow your mind! Shards hailing, on superfluous violence to stop surviving” various instances of violence weave together, obscuring the difference between theatre, terrorism, assault and sensational act.

The end of the world is a future for those who have been living like survivors. To explore the potential of violence as resistance, the author proposes to fight as an armless aimless army of vulnerables.

‘Violence happens upon you. But that’s not really true for everyone. As a white cis-woman with passport privilege, I can say I’m interested in violence. Interested in, interested in. Violence doesn’t surround me. It may happen to me, but I would perceive it as an extraordinary event, a happening. I approach violence. I approach, I approach – there’s enough comfortable distance to repeat my sentence and imagine it echoing.’

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  • 12th Street journal / “Stuck There”, fiction story / Barnes & Nobles, 2012