Breaking Gender

Breaking Gender is a queer-feminist art project. Let‘s break down the cis-tem? The project of Luka, Franka, and Dario will reimagine gender through performance, film and art.

(work in progress)

The performances

Franka went into full research mood. For her performances she is digging her path through plenty
of online archives and office registers to discover female assigned persons or queer people that
we honored with proper statues in Berlin. In the end she also went for extensive bike tours to see
for herself: the capital is full of Prussian military statues, male academic persons. Barely no female
statues. And if so they are placed on the plinth as nameless and invented persons. Based on that
discovery she sharped her research interests now foreword more to amazons myth, politics,
natural sciences and arts in general. For the month of August she is currently preparing her first
two performances, one of them is the composer Emilie Mayer.

The film

How to shoot a film? At least on a technical side of things Luka and Dario figured out their
approach in the past months. Now the shooting started. On the first already, the two of them
realized: creating a documentary is a complete different world than being on fictional set! Certain
moments can not be repeated and communication set has to be on point (who films? When to hit
the record button?) In addition to that how do we make the protagonists feel at ease with the
whole scene? Clearly a lot for the beginning. After every shoot there follows a feedback meeting
on the shooting day, rewatching the material together, discussing and criticising ourselves. To not
mix it up with personal friendship talk these meetings take place in a neutral coffeeshop-just film
critics, nothing personal. Last point is especially not so easy if you being close friends to each
other. So besides that a new sphere for them opened up: how to communicate within our group
on a reflected, critical work level?

With more shooting days, there comes more practice and the both of them are looking forward for
the next months.



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