We are artist duo Status Queer. Together we use spatial and relational interventions to explore queer and trans experiences and weave new connections between people. Our work brings the most marginalised groups under the LGBTQ+ umbrella together to build community, claim space and shout from the rooftops.

We belong to a long history of norm-breakers. Like those who came before us, we will not bow to the pressures to ‘act normal’ or ‘blend in’ to gain the paper-thin acceptance of the ableist, racist, cis-het society around us. We stand on the shoulders of those who were not silent, so good luck sewing our mouths shut.

We are also co-founders of Gothenburg based NGO This is the Queer Space, read more under projects.

Kolbrún Inga Söring

Kolbrún Inga Söring is a genderqueer artist working in Gothenburg whose work spans several areas of artistic expression from performance, video work and site-specific installation to community cultivation and cultural production.

Sam Message

Sam (they/them) is an artist and activist working with the spatial & the relational to explore connections between people. As a drag-performer they put their bizarre, playful and punk-like aesthetic to explore the surreal, the subversive and the political. They are both a researcher of queering practice and theory and a curator specialising in queer and feminist histories and themes. Other work includes inclusion, accessibility and engagement consultation, education and evaluation.

31 December 2022

01 January 2023

SJUKT: NEW YEAR’S EVE ***fantasy***

10:00 pm - 4:00 am

Are you ready to call in the 🧨new year🎆 with a dose of your favourite ✨queer club kid✨ comrades? SJUKT is here for all your saucy filthy lil needs my loves💖.

GET. YOUR. 🎟️TICKETS🎟️. NOW. 
📌 Location announced on the day of the party

Its 🌧️ raining queer in GBG right now baby but lets not forget the biggest night of the year 🎈NEW YEAR’S EVE🎈. I don’t know what to tell you darlings. It’ll be fabulous🤳🏿. And in this economy💸? In this political climate💣? What we need is a big blow out with our queer and trans comrades to shake it all fucking loose in a space FOR US BY US💖. 

For a little added glitz and filth we’ll be bringing a little taste of CULT madness 😈 to welcome in the new year.

 

💥LINE UP💥

🔥 TBA

 

👾 Dress us to impress us my loves💞. Extra effort for this special occasions plz – looks get goodies as usual 🍬

 

THEME: ✨FANTASY✨

You all know we need to a break from this bullshit 🤢 of bad-ism’s we’re all living through – so lets escape into our fantasies 🦄

🌠 What’s your fantasy?

⚗️ Witches, wizards and magical gremlins?
🛸 Sexy space aliens come to service your every desire?
🍑 Pussinator 5000 from the planet Glamtron?
🍰 Jesus but he’s a lil gay and wants to get whipped?
🎠 Half human half horsey?
🔮 The ultimate crystal-queer-first-time-sign-guesser? (oh wait but what’s your moon sign? OMG makes total sense)
😻 We’re all just cats? Nothing weird, just pussy-licking good.

 

⚡ If you cannot afford a ticket and belong to one of @wearestatusqueer ‘s priority groups then message them and they’ll make sure you can come.

⚡ You belong to one of our priority groups if you LGBTQ+ *and* racialised, living with a disability, newly arrived, working class/economically precarious or a binary/non-binary trans person.

There are no upcoming events scheduled at the moment.

Previous Events

Nov 26 2022

5-Årsfesten: SAQMI X QRAB

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The 🎂 biggest birthday 🎂 of the year 🎂 is nearly upon us so GET. YOUR.

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The 🎂 biggest birthday 🎂 of the year 🎂 is nearly upon us so GET. YOUR. 🎟️TICKETS🎟️. NOW. 

🧭Venue location released on the 26th🧭

SAQMI X QRAB X Status Queer. From pulsating punk🧷 to pussy pussy pussy😻, orchestra🎷 to singer song-writer🎤, performance🐙 to after-party🎉🎉, we’re teaming up to bring you an evening you won’t forget💫. Bubbles🍾, nibbles🍬 and… dance-ibbles👀? So come on friends of SAQMI & QRAB it’s time to raise (a number of) glasses🧃 to our big 5 year bonanza. 

💥LINE UP💥
🔥 Christina Kjellsson
🔥 Jon Ely Xiuming
🔥 Queerorkestern
🔥 Eva Warberg
🔥 Vicious Irene
🔥 Silas Lilo
🔥 Divursula 

All to be hosted by Status Queer’s very own 🔥 @sammessage – AKA Köttungen 🥩

 

🎥🗝And for those of you who just need a moment to soak up some queer history – we’ll be screening SAQMI’s Queer Moving History films throughout ✒️🎥

After this jam backed evening of queer delights 🎈 we’ll be diving straight into the 👅✌🏽 AFTERPARTY. Check out @thisisthequeerspace for the biggest the baddest and the naughtiest 🙊party in GBGay(+): @thisisthequeerspace ‘s SJUKT.

 

***Tickets to the birthday party grant free entry to the afterparty***

🎟️GET TICKETS HERE🎟️

It’s ☂️ dress to impress ☂️ – from slutty 🍑 to conceptual 🧸 to con-slut-cept 🕹️ and everything in between and far beyond we expect to see you dressed to the nines.

THEME: ✨STARS✨
🌠 Movie Stars
🌠 Pop Stars
🌠 Historical
🌠 Collapsing red dwarfs and imminent supernovas are all valid and as are you my anti-royalist QT+ royalty

⚡ If you cannot afford a ticket and belong to one of @wearestatusqueer ‘s priority groups then message them and they’ll make sure you can come.

⚡ You belong to one of our priority groups if you LGBTQ+ *and* racialised, living with a disability, newly arrived, working class/economically precarious or a binary/non-binary trans person. 

Nov 26 2022

Nov 27 2022

SJUKT: Stars

11:00 pm - 4:00 am

SJUKT is back baby 👅 and this time its all about the ✨ STARS ✨ darling. GET.

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SJUKT is back baby 👅 and this time its all about the ✨ STARS ✨ darling.

GET. YOUR. 🎟️TICKETS🎟️. NOW. 

This edition is a liiiiiittle special🎀. On top of our usual 💦 gloriously pulsating queer paradise 💦, this time we’re teaming up with @saqmi_ & QRAB 😻 for their 5 year 🎂 birthday bash🎉🎉. Hosted by @wearestatusqueer, this event is going to be everything from drag🦄 to orchestra🎷, queer history🔍 to tasty nibbles🍬 and from punk🧷 to singer-songwriter🎤. Check out the full line-up on @wearestatusqueer ‘s insta.

Find the Facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/2WGN81Ctr

🎟️ Tickets to SJUKT: ✨Stars✨ give you ***free entry*** to the main event – which will also be taking place at SJUKT’s queer castle🏰.

 

💥LINE UP💥
🔥 TBA

 

You all know the drill by now, its ☂️ dress to impress ☂️ – from slutty 🍑 to conceptual 🧸 to con-slut-cept 🕹️ and everything in between and far beyond we want to see everything you’ve got my darlings so let it all hang out.

THEME: ✨STARS✨

🌠 Movie Stars
🌠 Pop Stars
🌠 Historical
🌠 Collapsing red dwarfs and imminent supernovas are all valid and as are you my anti-royalist QT+ royalty

 

⚡ If you cannot afford a ticket and belong to one of @wearestatusqueer ‘s priority groups then message them and they’ll make sure you can come.

⚡ You belong to one of our priority groups if you LGBTQ+ *and* racialised, living with a disability, newly arrived, working class/economically precarious or a binary/non-binary trans person.

Nov 17 2022

GRÖNGLÖD

4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hi! Did you miss us? We are here, waiting in the woods, all covered in moss.🌲 🍃WELCOME

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Hi! Did you miss us? We are here, waiting in the woods, all covered in moss.🌲

🍃WELCOME TO GRÖNGLÖD, an art project weaving together 7 different mediums: music, dance, film, photography, installation, illustration and painting.

Be careful not to miss this GLOWING evening debuting GRÖNGLÖD in all its forms.

😷In order to protect vulnerable attendees, please wear a mask to the event.😷

SIGN UP📋 https://forms.gle/6DwB3QmnLYA4JSZbA to secure your spot – and yes, of course it’s free <3

You can find the Facebook event HERE

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GRÖNGLÖD
17:e November
🎈The space is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. For more info on accessibility drop us a message!
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PROGRAM:

16:00-17:30 SKOGSUPPRORET WORKSHOP (workshop held in Swedish)

Under workshopen kommer Lan Pham & Hanna Tebrand, aktivister från Skogsupproret, berätta hur Skogsupprorets arbete med att skydda de sista skogarna görs i solidaritet med långvariga samiska kamper genom folklig kraft. De kommer att försöka öka förståelse för vad det innebär att delta i civil olydnad, som metod för samhällsförändring.

17:17-18:30 TRANSDANCE WORKSHOP – Eli Edbom(they/he/dem/han) – (workshop held in Swedish and English)

In this workshop you’ll be invited to move, share and dance. Eli will be presenting core aspects of their artistic and pedagogical practise for you to take part of, in line with their project TransDance – dance for and by trans* people. Some parts of the workshop will be taken from the dance classes done within TransDance, other parts will be taken from the GRÖNGLÖD concept.

19:00 BIRTHDAY PARTY for @saqmi_ + GRÖNGLÖD Vernissage

19:30 GRÖNGLÖD SCREENING + ARTIST PANEL – facilitated by Status Queer’s Sam Message(they/den)

20:22 Eli Edbom – GRÖNGLÖD LIVE PERFORMANCE

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ARTISTS OF GRÖNGLÖD:

Mo Wiklund (they/hen) – music, artistic director, coordination, editor
Eli Edbom (they/he/dem/han) – choreographer, dancer
Amanda Almgren (she/hon) & Embla Berndtsson Tordal (she/hon) – videographers, directors, editors
Lex Eliot Rose (they/hen/den) – art photography, documentation, director
Mio Mikkelsen  (he/they/han/hen) – illustrator
Aija Sillén (she/hon) – sound installation

Mastring: Siri Landgren
direction consultant: Jas Lin(they/them/ta), @allthatjasss

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Amanda Almgren and Embla Berndtsson Tordal are the two cinematographers of GRÖNGLÖD. They are a filmmaking duo, and have worked on several different projects together with reappearing themes of queer stories, environmental and social issues. Amanda and Embla have both studied film production and are currently studying documentary filmmaking together, with an interest in exploring the different genres and forms of film.

Lex Eliot Rose is a nonbinary artist and photographer. Intrigued by the borderland between photography and performance, they examine relations between body, spaces, and power. Lex’s artwork has been exhibited in Australia, Italy, South Korea, USA, as well as in Sweden. They have a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetorics, and by summer 2023 hopefully also a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography. In GRÖNGLÖD, Lex has been photographing.

Eli Edbom is a non-binary, transmasculine and otherwise queer dance artist, choreographer and pedagogue from Stockholm. Using their main genre ballet as a starting point rather than shying away from it, he actively and critically works with its aesthetics to explore themes of identity, memories and transformation. Focusing on storytelling – they use character work and embodiment to find identity and ‘the genuine’, and to (gender)queer the ballet.

Mio Mikkelsen is a Swedish/Danish illustrator and comic artist currently studying at Serieskolan in Malmö. They mainly work within sci fi and fantasy, creating fantastical creatures and colourful characters, as means to explore new worlds as well as processing our current one. Within Grönglöd, he’s made illustrations for the poster and for the exhibition at the release event.

Aija Sillén (born 2001) is a composer and improviser with a great interest in electronics. She is currently studying composition at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. Her latest works try to bridge gaps between composition, sound art and improvisation, where generative and aleatoric elements are guiding forces both in composition and performance. In most cases, these works connect to themes of communication, social hierarchies and community.

Mo Wiklund(they/them) is a trans/queer artist, composer, activist, cellist, vocalist and producer from Gothenburg, Sweden. Contemporary/experimental electronic music, free jazz improvisation(often at BRÖTZ @brotz_jazzklubb) and abstract painting and sculpture are the defining parts of their artistic expression, some living on their Instagram(@0m0.o0).
On their YouTube-channel you can currently watch the video “Okänt Namn/Name Unknown(2020)” magically honouring Trans Day Of Remembrance.

 

GRÖNGLÖD is supported by; ABF; Kultur Ungdom; This Is The Queer Space; The Swedish Archive for Queer Moving Images; Region Västra Götaland; Göteborg Stad; Gothenburg Studios Development; Redrental Maan

Nov 08 2022

Rebel Drawing

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

⏰ Time for our next lil break from this bullshit 🤬 queerphobic transphobic 💩 world with

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⏰ Time for our next lil break from this bullshit 🤬 queerphobic transphobic 💩 world with our latest workshop Rebel Drawing hosted at Frilagret 🎇.

⚡️⚡️ SIGN UP HERE NOW ⚡️⚡️

*** Confirmation emails sent 2 days before the workshop ***

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Here’s what you need to know:

Too many 🍴cooks🍴 in the kitchen? What a load of tripe🤭. The more hands the merrier if you ask us🎉.

Join us in breaking down barriers, building up budding new 👉🏾 connections 👈🏾 and using Status Queer’s ‘together tools’ to scribble and scrawl our dreams and desires across the floor🎨🖌️. Our new and improved tools are bizarre, playful and definitely require a lot of chefs in the kitchen to operate🕹️🧶. So I hope you’re ready to cook up a 🍭delicious queer melting pot🍭.

In this workshop we’re going to be exploring all our 🧠senses👀 to dig deeper into our lives as 💖queer and trans💓 people in this city.

No 🖍️drawing🖍️ experience, skill or talent necessary – this isn’t like drawing as you know it.
We won’t be getting too 🧽messy🧽 but we’ll be using ink🐙 so don’t wear anything too precious💎, you never know whether you’ll end up with a stain or 2.

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🎈 As always priority groups are first in line to get workshop places. Read more about our priority groups on our website. 

🦼🦽 The space is wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet. For any other accessibility information or questions just drop us a message!

Nov 02 2022

We Were There: Göteborgs Stadsmuseum

5:15 pm - 7:30 pm

We're back! Come down to stadsmuseet to start your November off with a colourful evening where

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We’re back! Come down to stadsmuseet to start your November off with a colourful evening where we play, experiment, invent and reclaim queer stories and objects.

SIGN UP HERE


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THE WORKSHOP
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We queer and trans people come from a long line of ⚡️boundary-crossers, norm-breakers and resisters⚡️ of the oppressive racist, classist, ableist, queerphobic, sexist and transphobic society around us ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏻. But why are we so hard to see in the official histories we tell? 😤

In this workshop at Stadsmuseet, we’re going to be making 🕰📚fake historical objects📚🕰 to stand in for the missing evidence of norm-breaking lives from history. Together we will play, experiment, get in touch with our 💫queer selves💫 and claim our space in the history that has so actively excluded us.

Our heritage is constantly being ✏️written and rewritten✏️ and not all stories in this heritage are born equal. What survives has been filtered by all of the oppressive -ism’s which continue to 🤮plague🤮 our society today. This isn’t some abstract dead-thing 🔎hiding🔎 behind a glass cabinet. Where we come from, how we got here and who came before us are key questions in figuring out who we are, and who we are not, right now in the present day. That’s why 👏heritage 👏matters.

In this workshop we’ll be getting 🎨colourful and creative🎨 with 👅mouth-watering👅 clay – those who know, know. No artistic skill required, just a desire to play🤩 and think🤔 together.

We Were There is a workshop series where we ask: 🤔 what would museums look like if our stories were as proudly present as those of normative and powerful people? 🤔

Workshop predominantly in English but with support in Swedish too!

SIGN UP NOW! Limited places!


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ACCESSIBILITY
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Workshop participants will need to 🎟PAY FOR ENTRY🎟 TO THE MUSEUM: 60 SEK 

But, as always, we offer 💸economic support💸 for our priority groups:

– Binary & non-binary trans people
– Newly arrived people
– People living with disabilities
– Racialised people
– Working class / economically precarious people

If you need economic support to come then just email us or message us [facebook / instagram] and we’ll sort it out! ✌️✌️

The workshop space is wheelchair accessible and accessible toilets are available on site.

Aug 01 2022

Aug 18 2022

CULT: Climate Live

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

For your next ⛑dose💉 of deliciously radical drag CULT’s here, CULT’s queer and CULT’s about to

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For your next ⛑dose💉 of deliciously radical drag CULT’s here, CULT’s queer and CULT’s about to get freaky and wierd. From punk to posh to out of this world, these genderbenders are about to bring the urgency to this 🚨🔥 climate emergency 🔥🚨

We are charging headfirst into human catastrophe but the capitalist bastards steering this bloody bus have got their eyes glued to their stock account balances📉. So we’re here to ever so politely say “erm sorry, excuuuuse me, YEAH YOU! GET YOUR EYES ON THE FUCKING ROAD YOU WANK STAIN.” 🚌😱🔥🔥🔥☠️

Get down to Kungstorget for our 15 minutes of fame during this star-studded evening to scream and shout the capitalist patriarchy down.

📢Climate Live wants to know “can they hear us yet?” Oh baby they’ll hear us with this one.📢

Climate Live Göteborg is organised by activists from Fridays for Future. Follow for details and the release of their full programme @climateliveswe (https://climatelive.se)

Jun 18 2022

Jun 19 2022

SJUKT: MORE

11:00 pm - 4:00 am

We’re back again with THE queer place to be: our naughty little party, SJUKT. Serving you up

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We’re back again with THE queer place to be: our naughty little party, SJUKT.
Serving you up safer spaces away from the prying eyes of cis-hets at pride – here is the saucyness you need to shake it loose during what is supposed to be our week.

Dress to impress for a chance to get your hands on some real goodies🍬🍭🧁 – info below.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

LINEUP:
As always, we’ll serving you local fucking gems 🤩🤩🤩, bringing you everything from afro-beats to dancehall, middle-eastern to ballroom, hiphop to disco, experimental electronic to reggaeton 🔮 Watch out it’s about to get naughty 🥵🥵🥵

****Details coming soon…****

23:00 – Late

THEME: MORE

MORE JEWELS

MORE SKIN 

MORE HAIR

MORE BIZARRE

MORE POISONOUS

MORE FIERY

MORE ABSTRACT

MORE MORE

If you think it’s enough it’s not, we need MORE
MORE is MORE that’s why it’s not called less.

As usually, top tier lewks bag themselves 🍬goodies🍬 on the way in ❤️‍🔥 so dig out yer needle and thread 🧵 and get stitchin babs🎨

⚡⚡⚡ SJUKT is for everyone in the community, not just those who’ve got money to spend💸. So if you belong to one of our 5 LGBTQ+ priority groups 💖 (see below) and can’t afford a ticket but want to come just send us a message 💬 and we’ll put you on the list for free. No questions asked, no explanations needed. We trust you <3<3<3

👉🏽👉🏽👉🏽 You are one of our priority groups if you are: economically precarious/working class, racialised, living with a disability, an elder or a binary/non-binary trans person.

🎈The space is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. For more info on accessibility drop us a message!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

Jun 12 2022

MOTGIFTET #5 ‘My Body My Home’ with Daniel Mariblanca

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Oh my dearest 🥩meat babies🥩, we’ve got an absolute treat in store. For this edition of

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Oh my dearest 🥩meat babies🥩, we’ve got an absolute treat in store. For this edition of MOTGIFTET we’re bringing the 🎉​​fabulous Daniel Mariblanca 🎉 all the way from Bergen to give you a session of ❤️‍🩹healing❤️‍🩹, contact and personal exploration through dance. Have no fear, no dance experience or talent needed – this is all about using movement to really get in touch with ourselves. 🍃😍🍃😍

But first: What is MOTGIFTET??
Are you sick of cis-het normative bullshit poison being constantly rubbed into the wounds opened up by the violence of living in the 📛 racist 📛 ableist 📛 agist 📛 queerphobic 📛 transphobic world around us? 😵😵😵 💊 Then boy-o do we have the cure for you! 💉

⛑️⛑️MOTGIFTET⛑️⛑️ (the antidote) is the perfect time to come together, unwind, tool-up and heal – all while we put on a lil 🎭🎨cultural something-something🎥👩‍🎨 to get those good juices 💦 flowing and dive deeper into our theme of the month. 

** FOR THIS EDITION OF MOTGIFTET **

~~ My Body My Home ~~
Taking the artistic process from 🕺🏼💃🏿@71bodies💃🏿🕺🏼 as a starting point, this workshop will get us engaging with each other by exploring self boundaries and 👯dancing together👯 through improvisational tasks all while working through physical and mental challenges. We’ll focus on searching for personal and unique dance qualities with every participant. 

Most of all, we’re here to have 🤩fun, be experimental with the 🦵🏽body and expand our 🫀contact with others💗.

The workshop is open to all bodies, gender identities, backgrounds and ages. 

The workshop will be held in predominantly English, but we will support Swedish speakers as necessary. 

SIGN UP HERE
Confirmation emails sent 2 days before the workshop

🎈🎈🎈 As always priority groups are first in line to get workshop places. Read more about our priority groups on our Accessibility page.🎈🎈🎈

This workshop will be held in predominantly English, but we will support Swedish speakers and you are very welcome to participate in Swedish!

*** Here’s a lil more about the one and only Daniel Mariblanca***
Daniel Mariblanca has 15 years of experience dancing professionally and a degree from l’Institut del Teatre, in Barcelona, Spain. Shortly after beginning as a dancer with the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance/ Carte Blanche, Daniel created his own company 71BODIES; a transgender inclusive dance & performance art company. 

MOTGIFTET #5 is a collaboration between Status Queer, Daniel Mariblanca and Atalante.

Status Queer is a non-profit using art & culture to build a more supportive, inclusive and intersectionally diverse LGBTQ+ community here in Gothenburg.

Jun 03 2022

Jun 04 2022

CULT of consumption

8:00 pm - 1:30 am

Sick🤮🤮🤮 of living in a world where everythings going to shit💩? Well get your ceremonial gongs

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Sick🤮🤮🤮 of living in a world where everythings going to shit💩? Well get your ceremonial gongs at the ready hun because we’re about to paint the town the colour of blind indoctrination✨.

CULT is our new night where💋drag performers💋, 👾creatures👾 and 🤡cretins🤡 will take to the stage to scream, shout and stomp it all out💥💥💥. We’re slimy and we’re sexy, we’re wonderful and we’re wet and most of all we’re here to give you a show you’re not going to fucking forget🎈🎉💦💦💦.

It’s time Gothenburg got a mouthful of dirty radical drag.🍾🍾🍾

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🔥 20 – Doors open
🔥 21-22.30 Drag show
🔥 22.30-1.30 Good vibes and good beats
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GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

🎙️ HOST:
I know you’ve probably been told to stay away from cults💸, but honestly my love 💚 we’re not scary, you’re safe here and our dear leader 🥩Meatling AKA Köttungen🥩 [@sammessage] will take sweet soft care of you all night baby🥰.

💨 LINE-UP:
CULT is the 🌋culmination🌋 of weeks of indoctrination🤤 with our Initiations drag school where we’ve been working to bring a new generation of drag performers onto the scene🎁🎭. They’ve been sharpening their ceremonial 🍴claws🍴 behind closed doors but baby these 😻kitty cats😻 are taking to the stage for their big debut roars🌕.

🎛️ DJ:
Always here to take you to the 👅 edge of 👅 dance euphoria – the 🍭delicious🍭 DJ Demba is here to take you through to the early hours with ballroom, house, afrobeats and some absolute queer bangers🌡️💦💦💦.

💯 FEATURING…
It wouldn’t be quite a cult if there wasn’t another layer of mystery🌌, but sooth ye self sweaty, soon the secrets of the inner sanctum will be revealed 🎪

Apr 21 2022

Secret Soundgardens

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Get ready to plunge into the dimension of your dreams🔮 with our latest dive into queer

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Get ready to plunge into the dimension of your dreams🔮 with our latest dive into queer and trans utopias🌅🏞🌺

On Thursday the 21st of April 18:00-20:00, we’re taking you on an adventure through space🌌, time⌛ and beyond🛸. Together we’ll be exploring sound as a medium to travel, expand our minds and imagine ourselves in a realm that is uniquely ours.🎡🐱‍🐉

🔊Introducing✳️SECRET SOUNDGARDENS✳️, a new workshop series with sound artist Isabel Taube centred around sound design where you will have a chance to explore storytelling🎭 and creating new worlds🌠🗻🦠 through medium of sound.🪐

This is an introductive workshop for anyone who has ever wanted to try out music software and is raring to add to their self-expression toolbox⛄ – but have no fear! If you’ve already dipped your toes into sound’s soothing waters🛁, this is still a workshop for you to come and play🎮. This is an opportunity for YOU, wonderful reader, to explore, experiment and learn in a fun and comfortable environment.🧣🍩

As always, the event is FREE and all you need to bring is your fabulous🧁 self and, if you have them, a pair of headphones and your laptop (don’t worry you won’t need to download any programmes, it’s all in-browser) If you don’t have access to a computer or headphones then please let us know at least a week in advance so we can source them for you.🛸🚙🧭

As always, we’ll be prioritising workshop spaces to our 5 priority groups. You belong to one of our priority groups if you are LGBTQ+ and are: racialised, working class/economically precarious, living with a disability, elderly or a non-binary or binary trans person.

💫This workshop will be held in English.💫

Sign Up here by APRIL 19 to get a spot!

@thisisthequeerspace will also be alive and kicking with music and space to chill out to and refresh yourselves🎧🎂🛋️. So come down and submerge yourself in our slice of queer paradise. 🏝️

Apr 21 2022

This Is The Queer Space

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Here’s an event from our siblings over at This Is The Queer Space: 🍧It's that time of

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Here’s an event from our siblings over at This Is The Queer Space:

🍧It’s that time of the month again🤩, and in the best possible way.🍇🍧

This Is The Queer Space is a place to come to relax and 🌴refresh yourselves🧃🍓⛲🌴  with your mates – or to meet new mates in a queer and trans safer space. We’ll have music🎸🥁🎷, snacks and drinks available in our little LGBTQ+ castle 🏰out here in Ringön. You could bring board games, your most fabulous dance moves or your comfiest pyjamas to lounge around in.🧦🧩🩰

✨‼This is an open space for us by us.‼✨

18:00 – 23:00, 18+

Sign up HERE 📜🖋🎠

We hear all the time that we queer and trans folk need more social spaces so here we are,💞🐱‍🚀 gaping open for you to enter😻💫, don’t keep us waiting xoxo gossip queer👄

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Are you excited to organise an evening under the This Is The Queer Space umbrella? Get in touch and let’s see how we can make it happen!😎🧮

Apr 16 2022

Apr 17 2022

NON : Gothenburgs #1 Gender Devour Party

9:00 pm - 1:00 am

💦Are you salivating for the taste of something queer, free & fabulous? 💦Don’t be embarrassed darling,

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💦Are you salivating for the taste of something queer, free & fabulous? 💦Don’t be embarrassed darling, we know you’re positively drooling 👅 Luckily we’ve got just what the gender clinic ordered: a prescription for 1 night of utter gender-bending debauchery. 🎊💣😻🎊

🔊Gothenburg is home to some serious queer talent and we’re lucky enough to have a thriving ballroom scene right here in the city 🔊 Now we’re giving you the chance to see it with your very own eyes with our new night NON 👀 

 

APRIL 16
20+
21:00-01:00
⚡FIND TICKETS HERE⚡

 

✨NON is a collaboration between Ballroom Exchange and Status Queer showing off some of gbgay’s finest beings hosted by Kulturhuset Oceanen.✨

🔥First, we’ll be marinating you in a thick sauce of electric ecstasy with our fabulous DJs before getting the grill sizzling hot with a showcase of some of gbg ballroom’s best.🔥🥵 Then it’ll be your turn. You heard us right: gender is a construct baby, let’s tear it up & 🐊devour🐲 it. 

As always, we want you dressed in your most fabulous looks. 🐱‍🏍👠👢👓👔👛The icing on the cake: we’ll be opening up the stage for you to strut your stuff and show us and everyone else what you’re really made of.👑 Category is: Fashion Killa. Best look gets a goodie bag – we know you want it.🍯👄👄

💥The theme is GENDERFUCK💥

For inspiration think: Grace Jones, Leigh Bowery, Prince, Hugaceo Crujiente, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Annie Lennox. Or go just your own way and design the gender fuck of your dreams. 😻⛲😻

 

🔊NON is *not* a ball, but we will be giving you a taste of what ballroom has on offer. 🎆🎁🎶

 

Ballroom is a living queer culture that was founded by black and latinx transwomen in New York in the 60s. A ball is a competition where primarily queer and trans people of colour compete in fashion, beauty and performance.
Get up to speed with Ballroom’s rich history and language here: https://www.houseofluna.org/ball-categories
https://www.redbull.com/za-en/guide-to-ballroom-vogue-scene

***PRIORITY GROUPS***

NON is for and by our community, not just for those of us who have the cash to come. If you belong to one of our 5 priority groups and can’t afford a ticket you can get in contact with us at info@statusqueer.se for a free ticket. No questions asked, no explanations needed. You belong to one of our priority groups if you are LGBTQ+ and racialised, working class/economically precarious, living with a disability, elder or a binary or nonbinary trans person.💕💕💕

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CULT

What is CULT?

CULT is our drag night where drag creatures, cretins and performers get on stage to scream, shout and let it all hang out. CULT is radical, political, outrageous and entertaining. Prepare yourselves.

Why do we need CULT?
Drag As A Medium

Drag is a powerful medium. It is electrifying, engaging and gets an audience screaming and shouting. Done right, its a loud and proud expression of queer and trans joy which reaches across the broad spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Drawing on drag’s long history of subversion and boundary crossing, we subscribe to the school of thought that drag should be funny and playful, outrageous and loud but also fiercely political and deeply empowering. With the support of tools developed by Status Queer, initiations uses the free-school format to encourage peer-to-peer learning to get us to explore ourselves personally and politically. Together we work to sharpen our perspectives, bring into being our political voice and practice shouting it out at the top of our lungs.

A Drag Family

With every round of Initiations we welcome more members to our CULT. The end goal is that the community will grow into a sustainable pool of performers, large enough to hold regular drag nights with diverse themes and packed with different styles and identities.

Cult of Consumption

Our first CULT night was a roaring success. We got messy, we got naughty, we laughed and we screamed. Packed to the rafters, Kolgruvan was vibrating with radical queer and trans joy. This was the first, and after that excpeirence it certainly won’t be the last.

Newcomers: Beyond Borders

After the success of our Debut, we were invited to perform at Newcomers Göteborg’s celebration Beyond Borders. 

The Cult of the Climate Crisis

There is no climate justice without class justice. But let us tell you, there isn’t anything that tastes quite as sweet as having thousands of people chanting ‘eat the rich’ with you, well other than the delicious taste of eating the rich for real of course. Thanks to Climate Live Gothenburg and activists from Friday’s for Future for a stage as big as our ambitions.

More to Come

With 2 more rounds of Initiations coming this autumn there’s plenty more CULT action to get in on. Hold tight, we’ve got much more up our billowing sequin-covered sleeves.

Drag performers
Glen the Alien: Stian Temdahl Sundström(they/them)
Meatling aka Köttungen: Sam Message(they/them)
Sinfluencer: Kolbrún Inga Söring(they/them)
Sissypuss the Insatiable: Leo Glitter(they/him)
The Receivers: Sara Lindquist(they/them) & Tove Pils (they/them)

Sound design and tech
Isabel Taube(she/they) : Sound design
Gustav Lejelind(he/him) : Sound technician
Lovisa Mattisson(she/her) : Sound technician
NZone : Technical equipment
ABF : Technical equipment

Space
Kolgruvan
Newcomers
Climate Live

INITIATIONS

What is Initiations?

Initiations is a drag free-school where participants meet over a number of weeks to develop their first drag performance, from their persona to their look, their concept to their performance. Each round has a different theme which participants make their performances to. Initations seeks to foster the growth of a radical, political, diverse, captivating and entertaining drag scene here in gothenburg.

At the end of the free-school participants are initiated into our drag family and debut their performances in our drag night CULT. 

Why do we need Initiations?
Drag As A Medium

Drag is a powerful medium. It is electrifying, engaging and gets an audience screaming and shouting. Done right, its a loud and proud expression of queer and trans joy which reaches across the broad spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Drawing on drag’s long history of subversion and boundary crossing, we subscribe to the school of thought that drag should be funny and playful, outrageous and loud but also fiercely political and deeply empowering. With the support of tools developed by Status Queer, initiations uses the free-school format to encourage peer-to-peer learning to get us to explore ourselves personally and politically. Together we work to sharpen our perspectives, bring into being our political voice and practice shouting it out at the top of our lungs.

Empowering New Artistic Voices

Initiations seeks to empower a new generation of artistic voices to take to the stage and get their message out with the eyes and the ears of the community on them. As with all our work, initiations prioritises the inclusion of those most marginalised in our community – which of course also intersects with those who have had least access to traditional pathways into the world of art and culture. Read more about our accessibility and inclusion strategies here.

Initiations: Cult of Consumption

In the first round of initiations we explored consumption – consumption of food, consumption of sex, consumption of the self, consumption of the very soil we live on. Check out our gallery for a glimpse of the behind the scenes, and our page on CULT for the fruits of our labour.

Initiations rounds 2 & 3

Due to such high demand and our thirst for a radical, raging drag scene in Gothenburg, rounds 2 and 3 of initiations are coming your way for autumn 2022. Keep your eyes peeled for our open call.

Drag performers
Glen the Alien: Stian Temdahl Sundström(they/them)
Meatling aka Köttungen: Sam Message(they/them)
Sinfluencer: Kolbrún Inga Söring(they/them)
Sissypuss the Insatiable: Leo Glitter(they/him)
The Receivers: Sara Lindquist(they/them) & Tove Pils (they/them)

 

Sound designer
Isabel Taube(she/they)

 

Space
Kolgruvan

SECRET SOUND GARDENS

What is Secret Sound Gardens?

This workshop series with sound artist Isabel Taube(she/they) is centred around designing soundscapes. In the workshops participants have the chance to explore storytelling and create new worlds through the medium of sound.

Why do we need Secret Sound Gardens?

With a pair of headphones, a soundscape can be a soothing slice of a queer/trans utopia wherever you need it to be. Through this series, we seek to continue empowering new artistic agents from our community’s most marginalised members. With a variety of free to use in-browser software options and mobile apps, digital sound design has never been more accessible – and of course for those who can’t afford it, we supply all the materials necessary.

Right now Secret Sound Gardens is going through a transformation, watch this space for more news soon!

Workshop 1

This is an introductory workshop for anyone who has ever wanted to try out music software and is raring to add to their self-expression toolbox and those who have already dipped their toes into sound’s soothing waters. The workshop was a space for participants to explore queer utopia’s through sound and experiment in a relaxed and supportive setting.

Isabel Taube (she/they)
Isabel Taube is a sound designer/artist who explores storytelling and self-expression through the creation of soundscapes. She has been working with Status Queer on a number of performance based projects including Initiations and Cult, as well as an installation for the upcoming Open Out festival in Tromsø.

THIS IS THE QUEER SPACE

What is This is the Queer Space?

TITQS is a Gothenburg based platform for LGBTQ+ culture for and by LGBTQ+ people. It’s the glue that holds our newly forming community together, providing valuable safer social spaces. Events include everything from mouthwatering thumping bass to chill nights in to queer company for cultural celebrations.

TITQS is here, its queer and thats true throughout the whole goddamn year.

The platform is a Facilitated Open Space. This means that if you come with a vision and a desire to make something happen, TITQS can give you the tools and the means for you to make that vision a reality. 

Contact us now if you want to organise something through This is the Queer Space! We want to make spaces for all kinds of people and all kinds of culture so fire off your ideas, we’re all ears!

TITQS is also a support structure for Status Queer and other LGBTQ+ creators in and around Gothenburg. Get in contact if there’s a project you want support with!

Why do we need This is the Queer Space?

Gothenburg has an acute lack of spaces for LGBTQ+ people. Many of us have had terrible experiences in those very few spaces that exist. We need a space for us, by us, where we can shut out the transphobic, queerphobic and all the other bad phobics and isms outside the walls of our queer castle.

Pride comes around once a year, but TITQS is here to get us through the long dark Swedish winters together. It is here to bring us together as a community and cement all the community building we do in our social practice as artist duo Status Queer.

QUEER OPEN SPACE

Much like the work we do as artists, This is the Queer Space seeks to empower new voices. Those can be artistic voices, political voices, community voices etc. 

That’s why we draw on the Open Space concept:

the idea that it is the community itself that decides how to use the space. While in the future we are working towards everyone being able to freely engage with this Open Space, right now there are many intersections in our community who often don’t feel like they have the access to projects like this. Read more about our position on that here. That’s why TITQS is a Facilitated Open Space. That means TITQS is there to help you gain the tools to realise your own ideas. Those ideas could be an art project, a workshop, a clothes swap, a watch party, a board game night, a dance session or just a hang out to name just a couple ideas – it can be whatever you want it to be!

TITQS is not just a platform, but also a support structure helping new LGBTQ+ artists, cultural producers, activists and community builders to burst into bloom.

If you have an idea for TITQS then don’t hesitate to get in touch!

NON

NON is Gothenburg’s primary gender devour party. Working alongside Ballroom Exchange, NON brings underground queer culture into the city’s more established venues. In doing so, NON puts LGBTQ+ artists, performers and designers (aspiring and established) in the spotlight to get the love they deserve.

Photo: Status Queer

Photo: Status Queer

SJUKT

SJUKT is a place of queer and trans euphoria. A safe haven where we let loose and get dressed up to the absolute nines. Every SJUKT has a theme and oh boy does our community know how to kill a look. Club Kids, drag artists and dancers abound, SJUKT is the space we all need to shake off all the shit of the cis-het world outside. Quite simply, it’s our space.

Organisers
Kulturhuset Oceanen
Sindre Rydhard (they/them)

 

Musicians
NORADRENALIN (they/them/him)
Lil Prince Mischief 

 

DJ's
DJ DEMBA (he/him)
DJ NALA (she/her)
DJ NESSA (she/her)
Fia Fomo (she/her)
Gimme Signal (she/her)
Livets Elektriska
Mamdouh (he/him)
Åke Falk (he/him)

WE WERE THERE

What is We Were There?

In this workshop series we imagine what Gothenburg’s museums might look like if the stories of nonnormative people, of marginalised and oppressed peoples, of border-crossers and of gender defiers were as represented as the powerful favoured by the patriarchy (read: white, rich, upperclass, cis-het, male, able-bodied).

Why do we need We Were There?

LGBTQ+ is a modern phenomenon — but boundary-crossers, norm-breakers and diversity in sexual orientation & gender identity have been recorded throughout written history and across the globe.

Our heritage is constantly being written and rewritten. It affects how we think about who we are and where we come from. But not all stories in our heritage were born equal. What survives has been filtered by the ableism, ageism, classism, queerphobia, racism, sexism and transphobia, which continue to plague our society today. Quite simply, our stories are often hidden, lost or never even recorded in the first place.

But we were there. In this workshop series we are asking: what would Gothenburg’s museums look like if our stories were as proudly present as those of normative and powerful people? In the workshops, participants explore alternative narratives and fabricated historical artefacts to play, experiment and get in touch with both non-normative lives in Gothenburg and their own experiences of the city. 

We’re collaborating with a number of Gothenburg’s museums on this project, of which we can announce Göteborgs Konstmuseum and Göteborgs Stadsmuseum as hosting 2 of our workshops this autumn. Watch this space for more soon.

Does your institution need a queer intervention? Our ears are open, get in touch with us now!

Göteborgs Stadsmuseum

In this workshop, participants will make fake historical objects that will evidence the lives of non-normative people. Drawing on the museum’s on-display collection, participants will explore both their lives as non-normative Gothenburgers and the real and hidden queer histories that surround them.

Göteborgs Konstmuseum

Here participants will write queer and trans alternate histories to works in the museum. Participants will both draw on the hidden queer histories of works in the museum’s collection and use narrative and writing as a way to explore a queer future through an imagined past. The works will then be turned into a publicly available audioguide.

INCLUSION WORK

What is Increasing Inclusion?

This programme encompasses a variety of training sessions, workshops and tools we use to help organisations and individuals become more welcoming and inclusive to marginalised people from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. To do so, we draw on our scholarly work, our Gothenburg-specific research and a variety of local and international collaborations to put together a series of different inclusion tools. We know that everyone needs to do their bit, that’s why our diversity and inclusion work is designed to be as accessible and practically applicable as possible. 

Our philosophy is rooted in a deep and textured intersectional analysis, you can read more about our own approach to diversity and inclusion here.

Our goal is to give these tools to organisations, working groups and individuals seeking to build more inclusive working, studying and social environments – so please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how we can help you be more inclusive.

For professional engagements, our fee is available on request.

Why do you need our Diversity & Inclusion Programme?

We all have a role to play in making this world more welcoming and inclusive to all different intersections under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, so please get in touch to see how we can help you change your workplace or study environment.

We tailor our work to your specific needs, so whatever your situation we can design a programme with maximum lasting impact.

MOTGIFTET

What is MOTGIFTET?

MOTGIFTET (the antidote) is a space we make in Gothenburg to come together as a community, unwind, tool-up and heal. This workshop series serves up local and international talent from across a variety of different artistic and cultural disciplines to get us exploring ourselves and each other. 

Why do we need MOTGIFTET?

We live in a racist, ableist, ageist, queerphobic, transphobic and all-the-other-terrible-ists-and-phobics world. We need MOTGIFTET to exchange knowledges and skills, and to give space for us to celebrate ourselves and enjoy each other. 

The series seeks to empower new creators and artists-to-be. We do this both by introducing participants to new mediums and by acting as a platform where artists and knowledge holders of all different levels of experience can have the chance to develop and lead their own workshops.

MOTGIFTET also gives us a framework to continue developing our collaborations with our international partners from The Queer Agenda.

MOTGIFTET builds on the work we started in Sparkplug 1.0 by providing the framework and the glue needed to keep sticking us together as a community.

MOTGIFTET #1: Club Kids Then and Now Screening
Drawing on the long history of queer boudary crossers and gender benders, Sam Message put together a snap shot of the Club Kid culture with a series of long and short films. This workshop was produced in collaboration with This is the Queer Space in preperation for the launch of their party SJUKT where attendees are encouraged to get wild with their aesthetics.

MOTGIFTET #2: Club Kid Drink & Draw
In this playful workshop, Sam Message and Kolbrún Inga Söring broke down the ‘I can’t draw’ narrative with a variety of exciting and experimental drawing techniques. Featuring 3 stunning club kid models. Participants played with tools like ‘edward-charcoal-hands’ and huge bendy foam rods to capture the naugthy club kid aesthetic.

MOTGIFTET #3: Teaching To Transgress Toolbox
For this workshop Sam Message and Kolbrún Inga Söring created a workshop with the material produced by the TTTT working group ‘Who’s in the classroom?’. The workshop focused on the many aspects of the Pronoun go-round and focused on three main elements, ice breakers, name and pronoun and accessibility. The main focus was to explore more intersectional and inclusive educational and working environments and give participants the tools to apply them to their own contexts. 

MOTGIFTET #4: Feminist Culture House
This workshop explored collaborations and agreement writing in the arts and cultural field. Peer support, collective sharing, and community building are central elements of Feminist Culture House’s practice, so this workshop was conversational—together, we practiced thinking about our needs and created small zines about them. Through their guidance and experience of feminist practice in approaching collaborations, they introduced tools for welcoming trans artists and arts workers into safe collaborative relationships.

MOTGIFTET #5: Daniel Mariblanca
Taking the artistic process from 71BODIES as a starting point, this workshop got us engaging with each other by exploring self boundaries and dancing together through improvisational tasks all while working through physical and mental challenges. Through Daniel’s guidance, we focused on searching for personal and unique dance qualities with every participant. 

Most of all, we had fun, experimented with the body and expanded our contact with others.

Daniel Mariblanca (he/him)
Daniel Mariblanca has 15 years of experience dancing professionally and a degree from l'Institut del Teatre, in Barcelona, Spain. Shortly after beginning as a dancer with the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance/ Carte Blanche, Daniel created his own company 71BODIES; a transgender inclusive dance & performance company.

Feminist Culture House
FCH is a Helsinki-based non-profit working with and for underrepresented artists.  They work towards equitable futures and advancing feminist politics in the arts through providing learning opportunities for individuals and institutions. They focus on creating tools for change to create fair working conditions, better representation, and more inclusive institutional structures.

Gabbe Arvidsson (he/him)
Gabbe is a Shape shifting performance lover doing whatever they want.

Jonathan Hatila (they/them)
This fierce fashion feast is a non-binary, glitter loving and genderfucking godess who hates all kinds of norms.

Kolbrún Inga Söring (they/them)
Kolbrún Inga Söring is a gender queer artist working in Gothenburg whose work spans several areas of artistic expression from performance, video work and site-specific installation to community cultivation and cultural production. They currently run the organisation Status Queer.

Leo Glitter (they/he)
Leo is a genderbender extraordinaire, ready to challenge cisnormative bullshit with genderfuckery, glitter & chaotic sex appeal… as soon as they get up from the bed & their tv marathon with their depression in check.

Sam Message (they/them)
Sam is an artist and activist working with the spatial & the relational to explore connections between people. As a drag-performer they put their bizarre, playful and punk-like aesthetic to explore the surreal, the subversive and the political. They are both a researcher of queering practice and theory and a curator specialising in queer and feminist histories and themes. Other work includes inclusion, accessibility and engagement consultation, education and evaluation.

Teaching To Transgress Toolbox
“Based on peer-learning and collective research practices, Teaching To Transgress Toolbox* is a research and study programme on critical pedagogy in the arts. Funded by the European Union and developed transnationally by three art schools: erg (BrusselsBE), HDK-Valand (GothenburgSE) and ISBA (BesançonFR) this Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership (2019–2022) consisted of workshops, public events and an open access publishing platform that shares the resulting works, methods and tools with others to use in their specific educational contexts.” Read more: http://ttttoolbox.net/

who's in the classroom?
who’s in the classroom? Is a collectively written educational material which includes text,  video and audio interviews, drawings, Pronoun go-round guides(EN/SE/FR) and lots of resources. The work was written by Åke Sjöberg, Eva Weinmayr, Flo*Souad Benaddi, Kolbrún Inga Söring with great additional help from MC Coble, Nika Dahlberg-Melin, Sam Message, Tori & Håkan, Kasra, Jean Paul and Reb.

OPEN OUT FESTIVAL

We’re super excited to say we’re taking part in Open Out festival 2022 in Tromsø!

We’ve got plenty of secrets with this project at this stage but keep your eyes peeled for more!

What is Open Out?

Here’s how Open Out describes themselves:

‘Open Out is an annual festival that consists of various exhibitions, performances, film screenings, as well as educative events like seminars and workshops, in different locations around town. The unifying theme for the festival is queerness.’

Read more on their website

What’s our contribution?
For the festival we’re going to be putting our artistic methodology Community Cultivation to work. Expect a juicy, fruity installation that’ll swallow you in mouthwatering colour and bathe you in stimulating soundscapes - and of course you can’t forget the ritualistic and playful relational work we’re bringing to activate the space.

Isabel Taube (she/they)
Isabel Taube is a sound designer/artist who explores storytelling and self-expression through the creation of soundscapes. She has been working with Status Queer on a number of performance based projects including Initiations and Cult, running her own workshop called Secret Soundgardens as well as an installation for the upcoming Open Out festival in Tromsø.

Images coming soon!

SPARKPLUG

What is Sparkplug?

Sparkplug is a festival of LGBTQ+ delights designed to bring together the most marginalised groups under the LGBTQ+. 

For Sparkplug 1.0 we used large scale installation and jam packed week of exciting programming to kickstart the growth of a new, more inclusive, more supportive LGBTQ+ community here in Gothenburg.

Sparkplug 2.0 is in the pipeline, so hold tight Helsinki, you’re in our sights…

Why do we need Sparkplug?

Our community is fractured and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people has been incredibly uneven.

We need a community so we can support each other and build a better path forward together, but to do this we need to harmonise. Harmonising doesn’t mean becoming the same, it means finding a way to all sing our own tune whilst resonating with others. It means that together we can create something more than just the sum of our parts.

As the starting point for a new harmonisation, Sparkplug 1.0 used two key types of tools to get this music flowing: relational ones and spatial ones. Where the spatial is all about sensory experiences like colour, form, texture and lighting, the relational is all about connecting with people in different ways. 

This is part of a methodology we’ve developed called Community Cultivation. To give you a quick crash course, we’re using Community Cultivation’s spatial and relational tools to bring together new groups of people from different marginalised groups under the LGBTQ+ umbrella and get them to interact with each other. We use this methodology to guide different kinds of interactions with the ultimate goal of fostering new relationships and, in turn, lay the foundations for a more intersectionality diverse LGBTQ+ community.

SUSTAINABILITY

After Sparkplug 1.0 we secured a home for all our custom built furniture, which you can now find at Ringön based creative powerhouse and coworking space Kolgruvan.

Since the festival we’ve also used and re-used all the materials — whether that’s drag looks for CULT, tools for MOTGIFTET or materials for Initiations. The rest is waiting patiently for its second debut, so keep your eyes peeled, you might see some old friends in the future again.

The Spatial

We had two tasks with the spatial:

  1. To create an environment which encouraged play and upset the rules. 

OUR SPACE OUR RULES

Walking into the gallery, you were immediately confronted with a pulsating, mouthwatering interruption to the sleek yeet bland navy, beige and black Scandinavian world outside. Just as we as a community break with normative life we made our space to break with normative aesthetics.

Sparkplug 1.0’s captivating sensory experience set the stage to move away from the cis-het norms that dominate our social world. At the same time though, being in such an alien space also had us feeling a little alien. If this was going to be the springboard for a new community, for a new home, we first needed to claim this space for ourselves.

Throughout the festival, workshops continually added to the space. We hung up our work, painted directly on the walls and furniture, created freestanding sculptures and left our traces as we pleased. Through our work and our play we claimed ownership over this space together. This built a special connection between us and the space  – in turn this allowed the space to become a medium through which we could connect to those we hadn’t directly worked with.

THE SPACE THAT HUGGED

photo: Henrik Zeitler

While the first space was a place to get wet and wild, we also needed somewhere to collect ourselves, connect with ourselves and savour a slice of cooling calm.

At the back of the project space lay a shrouded entrance. Through this entrance came an outstretched peace offering: a hand holding a plant-cutting. In Gothenburg this plant is known as the ‘lesbisk nässla’ or ‘lesbian nettle’. The origin of the name is said to come from how easy it is to take cuttings from it. As the folklore goes, once one lesbian gets one, it spreads like wildfire through their circle. Textile artist Esse McChesney based their work for the Project Space on this ol’ queer Gothenburg tale, taking the ‘lesbian nettle’ as a symbol for our community’s sharing and caring: queer love, if you will!

Plunging into this entrance took you to the source of our space’s otherness – the portal. The Portal Room was designed to expand the space’s versatility. The Portal Rooms’ cool throbbing lights, encapsulating fabrics and dampened sound created a stark contrast to the bustling vibrant room lying just beyond the entrance. 

Throughout the week we used this space for reflection, and to take those quieter moments where we needed to get vulnerable with each other. With its completely different feeling to the Project Space, the portal room opened up a whole new set of possibilities for the kinds of relational work we could do with each other.

Sparkplug 1.0 was a space between spaces. It was a space between the world of ablist, racist, ageist, sexist, classist, cis-het bullshit outside and the queer utopia lying somewhere out of reach, beyond the portal. Sparkplug 1.0 sought to upset these overpowering systems; and even if we couldn’t override them completely, our two space’s gave us room to at least start that process.

  1. To create a space which could host all of our relational work. 

This is where the Swiss Army Space comes in: we needed a space to host everything from drag workshops to mural painting, embroidery to vogue, film screenings to karaoke, social space to open space. Furniture we built to make this happen included folding benches and tables that turned into room dividers.

Our furniture also needed to work as tools in our unscripted relation work. The flowing organic shape of our benches were made to be the heart of the room, where people naturally would collect. It became a place where people could meet in smaller groups, whilst also facilitating the mixing of these groups to make broader conversations. With the help of all our structured relational work, this became a space where relative strangers came together to share intimate experiences of being LGBTQ+ in Gothenburg.

The Relational

Once we had claimed ownership over the space together, the stage was set to build new relationships in our fractured community. Together, the workshopping and the spatial work paved the way for the crucial next step: getting into the nitty-gritty. We put on a buffet of different events from high energy – think a room full of hyped up queers and trans people chanting ‘gay power’ over and over again, an activity which deffinately did not upset the neighbours… thanks Speech Karaoke – down to careful contemplation.

This all fostered a lot of discussions – joyful ones, confronting ones, caring ones, difficult ones – and a lot of listening – listening to dreams, to frustration, to demands, to consolations, to play.

We had spontaneous discussions, structured discussions and prompted discussions. To spark these conversations, and to guide them, we used a variety of starting points from following scripts and our Together Tools (tools you can only use in collaboration with others) to film screenings and panel & round-table discussions.

These discussions helped us understand the different struggles, challenges and joys that we face across our incredibly varied community here in Gothenburg.

MAKING TOGETHER

Whether it was preaching impassioned speeches or sissying our swaying hips, embroidering rainy umbrellas or jumbling together non-binary characters, painting walls or painting faces, we did a lot of making together! Check out the gallery tab to get a taste of the action.

Our workshops were designed by and for people who belong to our 5 priority LGBTQ+ groups – racialised people, working class/precarious people, people with disabilities, elders and binary & nonbinary trans people. You can read more about our approach to accessibility and inclusion here.

Throughout the festival, we drew on the strengths of local talent and our international partners from The Queer Agenda to put on a deliciously varied spread of workshops to tantalise people of different tastes – we wanted to make sure there was at least 1 thing that got people’s juices flowing!

COMMUNITY

We built a space that broke with the norms outside its walls. Then we helped our community claim it for their own. In doing so, those that took part built a special relationship with both the space and each other. This made people feel at home and created fertile ground for new relations to sprout.

During this time we also made room for ‘open space’ – giving the chance for those in the community to turn up and do what they wanted with the space. From impromptu lip sync competitions to drawing to runway presentation on the street outside we used the space how we wanted to.

So, did it work?

Since Sparkplug 1.0 we’ve seen the seeds we planted burst out of the ground. First they were just small shoots, but with our continued nurturing and fertilising with the help of all our fabulous collaborators we’ve seen these plants grow into sturdy young saplings. Read more about our artistic endevours, and the social spaces our siblings at This is the Queer Space to find out more!

Where there is plenty of work still to go, we are well on our way to the sustainable, inclusive and diverse LGBTQ+ community we dream of. Onwards and upwards Gothenburg!

Much of our work with Sparkplug 1.0 was informed and guided by our network of LGBTQ+ artist’s, cultural producers and community organisers The Queer Agenda. Read more about that here.

Demba Sabally (he/him)
Demba is one of the Gothenburg leaders in the Voguing scene. He has walked balls in Paris, Oslo, Copenhagen and more. He goes by 007 in the main scene and Marciano in the Kiki scene. He mostly walks Butch Queen European Runway but he also walks Vogue femme.

 

THE DRIN (inside) PROJECT: DIVERSITY, REPRESENTATION, INCLUSION, NORM CRITIQUE
The DRIN project wants to enable everyone to participate in our societies, focusing on children’s books. The project brings players in the field together, shares knowledge, forms networks of empowerment and promotes standards for more diverse children’s literature in the European context.

Elias Ericson (he/him)
Elias is an illustrator and comic artist who has published three books: Åror (2013), Blompojken (2014) and Diana & Charlie (2021). Overwhelming emotions, LGBTQ experiences and mental health are all important topics and inspirations to what he creates.

Esse McChessney (they/them)
Esse is a queer textile artist in Gothenburg that works with weaving, fabric collages and embroidery. In their work they investigte gender and sexuality from the point of being a queer non-binary transperson. Their work circles around gender and body; What do bodies have to do with gender? And where does gender identity exist outside the body and in feelings? In their work you can also find symbolism, a lot of color, abstractions and balance.

Kolbrún Inga Söring (they/them)
Kolbrún Inga Söring is a gender queer artist working in Gothenburg whose work spans several areas of artistic expression from performance, video work and site-specific installation to community cultivation and cultural production. They currently run the organisation Status Queer.

Newcomers Göteborg
Newcomers is a social platform and network for LGBTQI refugees and migrants. Newcomers is a part of RFSL Gothenburg which meets regularly to do activities chosen by its members.

Romas Zabarauskas (he/him)
Romas is a unique cinematic voice from the Baltics, Romas is equally known in his home country as an openly gay, outspoken LGBT+ rights activist. His feature film Advokatas/The Lawyer (2020) is the first Lithuanian feature film focusing on a male same-sex romantic relationship and one of the very few fiction films about the LGBTQ+ refugee experience in Europe.

Sam Message (they/them)
Sam is an artist and activist working with the spatial & the relational to explore connections between people. As a drag-performer they put their bizarre, playful and punk-like aesthetic to explore the surreal, the subversive and the political. They are both a researcher of queering practice and theory and a curator specialising in queer and feminist histories and themes. Other work includes inclusion, accessibility and engagement consultation, education and evaluation.

Speech Karaoke
Speech Karaoke is a fun-loving, intersectional communal art project. Speech Karaoke resembles ordinary karaoke, but instead of doing a song, you do a speech. In addition to over 800 speeches in 17 languages already in our catalogue, we have new speeches curated and created especially for this event. Welcome, everyone!

This is the Queer Space
This is the Queer Space is a platform working to bring Gothenburg safer LGBTQ+ social spaces. The platform works closely with Status Queer to strengthen and deepen relationships instigated by Status Queer’s Community Cultivation methodology.

We are so grateful to our funders, without which we would never have been able to lay the ground work for the little slice of queer utopia we’re trying to bring to earth.

Sparkplug 1.0 was supported by:

THE QUEER AGENDA

What is The Queer Agenda?

The Queer Agenda is a network of LGBTQ+ artists, cultural producers and community builders from across the Nordic and Baltic regions. Our fields vary from film making to illustration, intersectional organising to dance and more! 

In our network we share knowledges across our different practices and Nordic/Baltic cultural contexts.

Why do we need The Queer Agenda?

As LGBTQ+ cultural producers, community builders and individuals we face lots of different and specific challenges. These challenges vary enormously depending on who we are, where we come from and in what situation we are in. In the face of these challenges we have learnt to be resilient and innovative in order to not just survive but to thrive. In our work as a network we seek to learn from each other’s success and mistakes. 

We also work to strengthen the ties between marginalised LGBTQ+ people from around the Nordic/Baltic region to open up new opportunities for collaboration and cross-pollination.

Round 1

In the first round of The Queer Agenda, we explored our utopic visions and dreams for the future by drawing on our different experiences and knowledges from the past. Through a series of workshops we tackled issues facing us as LGBTQ+ organisers and artists and explored our desires for utopian queer spaces and relations. 

Screenshot: Status Queer
Screenshot: Status Queer

Sparkplug 1.0

We drew directly on this process for our contribution to installation for Sparkplug 1.0 and also developed 2 artist’s briefs – one for a local Gothenburg-based artist and one for an international partner organisation to respond to for the festival.

The first was a spatial brief which Esse McChesney responded to and the other was a relational brief, assigned to Feminist Culture House. 

All members of the network were invited to contribute a progamme point during the festival, check out more about the exciting programme we put together here!

Round 2

Right now we are recruiting for round 2 of The Queer Agenda, so if you are or know an artist, cultural producer or community builder working within the LGBTQ+ community please get in touch here. 

Our Priority Groups

Our inclusion strategy recognises that many marginalised LGBTQ+ people face barriers in accessing traditional pathways to the world of art and culture. That’s why we work to include voices which are excluded by the art world’s systems of ‘professionalisation’, especially those from our priority groups. So whether or not you consider yourself a professional artist, we still want to hear from you. Your knowledge is especially valuable, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch here.

Find out if you belong to one of our priority groups here.

Daniel Mariblanca(he/him)
Daniel Mariblanca has 15 years of experience dancing professionally and a degree from l'Institut del Teatre, in Barcelona, Spain. Shortly after beginning as a dancer with the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance/ Carte Blanche, Daniel created his own company 71BODIES; a transgender inclusive dance & performance company. 

 

Feminist Culture House
Feminist Culture House  is an intersectional feminist organisation based in Helsinki working for and with underrepresented artists. Their vision is to advocate for ''intersectional and feminist values and working conditions, resulting in an art field working sustainably, and thoroughly occupied and built by different kinds of bodies and identities.'' 

 

Peter Nylund(he/him)
Peter Nylund is an artist and activist, working in the intersections of racial, gender and sexual justice. Formerly a professional boxer Peter still always has a foot in the world of athleticism and loves to promote a healthy and active lifestyle to the community. Health is wealth, as they say.

 

Romas Zabarauskas (he/him)
Romas is a unique cinematic voice from the Baltics, Romas is equally known in his home country as an openly gay, outspoken LGBT+ rights activist. His feature film Advokatas/The Lawyer (2020) is the first Lithuanian feature film focusing on a male same-sex romantic relationship and one of the very few fiction films about the LGBTQ+ refugee experience in Europe.

 

Speech Karaoke
Speech Karaoke is a fun-loving, intersectional communal art project. Speech Karaoke resembles ordinary karaoke, but instead of doing a song, you do a speech. In addition to over 800 speeches in 17 languages already in our catalogue, we have new speeches curated and created especially for this event. Welcome, everyone!

 

Sindre Rydhard(they/them)
Sindre is a performer, communicator and event organiser. They go by Sugar as a stage name because they sprinkle sweetness into everything they do even though they sometimes look scary. They are a part of the Gothenburg ballroom scene and the international ballroom house of Milan. Royal Iconic House of Milan.

 

THE DRIN (inside) PROJECT: DIVERSITY, REPRESENTATION, INCLUSION, NORM CRITIQUE
The DRIN project wants to enable everyone to participate in our societies, focusing on children’s books. The project brings players in the field together, shares knowledge, forms networks of empowerment and promotes standards for more diverse children’s literature in the European context.

Introducing our newest project: SQ Shop!
SQ shop is a great way to directly support LGBTQ+ artists and get your hands on some seriously fabulous pieces without spending an arm and a leg.

Click here to go directly to our shop and find out more!

What’s on Offer?
We’re constantly on the lookout for new and exciting artists to feature in our shop. Check out the gallery below to see what we’ve got on offer right now.

Himmel på himmel

Where it all began: Gothenburg

Despite how accepting you might think Gothenburg, and Sweden more generally are, the sad truth is that many LGBTQ+ people still face harassment, hostile environments and even violence. This is especially true for LGBTQ+ people who also belong to other marginalised groups and for those of us who do not comply to what is expected as ‘normal’ behaviour with regard to our gender, sexuality or the ways we express ourselves.

On top of that, Gothenburg is a highly segregated city. Our city is divided along lines of class, (dis-)ability, economic precarity, country of origin, racialisation and more. These divides also cut across the LGBTQ+ community too, but it doesn’t stop there. We’re also split along lines of gender, sexuality and age.

Sadly, offer of spaces who advertise themselves as ‘LGBT’ is very limited and those that exist have been fiercely criticised from within the community as enabling and even directly committing ableism, racism, queerphobia and transphobia.

So that’s where we started as duo Status Queer: with a community that was fractured and shattered. Our work in Gothenburg is by no means over but we are starting to see the green shoots of a new community. Read on below on to find out more about some of the specific measures that we as Status Queer and that nonprofit This is the Queer Space use to actively bring together sustainable, supportive and intersectionality diverse groups of LGBTQ+ people.

While we continue to work in Gothenburg – and also continue to research its specific socio-cultural context – we’ve also been exploring our methodologies in other contexts, keep your eyes peeled for some exciting news on that soon!

Through our research into the specific cultural and social landscape of Gothenburg’s LGBTQ+ community we have identified a number of groups facing the highest levels of marginalisation. These groups are those most in need of a supportive community. That’s why we prioritise art & culture which is for and by members of our priority groups.

Our 5 (LGBTQ+) priority groups are:

  • Binary & non-binary trans people
  • Newly arrived people
  • People living with disabilities
  • Racialised people
  • Working class / economically precarious people

We have also identified an additional 3 key groups essential to include if we are to build a sustainable and broad community.

Our 3 (LGBTQ+) key groups: 

  • Elders
  • Rainbow Families
  • Youth

Inclusion is never a passive process and, guided by feedback and research, we’re constantly evolving our strategies to reach and include more and more people. 

Our research is built on three central approaches:

  1. We draw on our own research backgrounds in accessibility and inclusion. These backgrounds encompass qualitative and quantitative research methodologies from the arts, cultural studies and social sciences. Through a variety of theoretical perspectives we form the basis of our analysis of the nebulous and overlapping systemic oppressions facing our community.
  2. We commission specific targeting reserach to address gaps in our strategy. Here we favour in-depth qualitative research and work with researchers who use ethnographic methodologies to first map out a specific issue. The research continues by zooming in on specific issues and bringing in a variety of perspectives through in-depth interviews and focus group work.
  3. Collaborations with organisations working with similar themes. These collaborations take either a direct research focus or come through a converging of working practices within other projects. Collaborators include amazing projects like Feminist Culture House, Teaching To Transgress Toolbox, Pedagogisk Peppar and Goethe institute Finland’s DRIN (Inside).

Some of the measures we use right now to include our priority groups include reserving spaces in workshops, paying for transport & waiving ticket fees, offering economic, advisory & administrative support to independent projects and prioritising work for and by our priority groups throughout our practice.

Through our diversity and inclusion training programme, we also work to spread best practice approaches to inclusion in the community, in workplaces and in classrooms.

Self Determination

We want to build a community built on trust, so we trust our community to know who they are and what they need. So when someone tells us they need access via one of our inclusion measures, we trust them, no questions asked.

Against Professionalism

We do not believe that art is more or less valuable based on how educated or professionally recognised the producer is. What is deemed to be ‘worthy art’ is a reflection of our society’s racist, xenophobic, queerphobic, transphobic & ablieist past and present. That’s why it is essential for us that we support and collaborate with artists and artists-to-be who do not conform to the art worlds professionalising norms.

But there’s another layer here too. Art and culture costs money to make, that’s the simple fact! While there are lots of different types of funding and financial support, many require that you are a ‘professional’ artist – which entails either university education in the arts or a number of years working as a ‘professional’ artist (a status hard to achieve without having had access to funding during those years…). Those who’ve had access to the ‘correct’ paths into the art world tend to be whiter, wealthier, more able bodied, and more likely to conform to norms around sexuality and gender.

If you are an artist or an artist-to-be belonging to our priority groups and you want support or advice for your project, you’re ever so welcome to get in touch with us.

Healthy Collaborations

The basis of all our work is an empathetic feminist working practice. That means setting clear boundaries and expectations for ourselves and others and placing people not performance at the heart of every project. Structure, negotiation and compromise are all essential to a healthy collaboration so if you want to work with us expect to be taken care of, just as we expect you to take care of us.

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You can reach us via email: info@statusqueer.se