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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.