Many people now spend much of their time in virtual spaces, and some political activism has also shifted to timelines. Online, we argue, mobilize around issues we care about, discuss political questions, and form alliances to bring about change. Political protest always depends on the relationships of the protesters to each other, is not only a question of goal-oriented cooperation, but often also of friendship and relationships of solidarity. The virtual space is also a relational space. In a literary dialogue that takes place on the channels of the artists @beritmiriam and @sandra_gugic on Instagram - an often femininely connoted platform with a majority of female users - the authors Berit Glanz and Sandra Gugić pose the question of what scopes of action and forms of revolution digitality can make possible and how individual users can become a political "we".
Berit Glanz and Sandra Gugić.
It is precisely in revolutions, says Hedwig Richter, that classic gender roles are once again codified: Women sew the blouses for the freedom fighters, embroider their flags, and heal their wounds. What gendered forms of activism shape the present? How much room do solidarity-based modes of relating have in resistance? To whom is authority ascribed in protest, and what scopes of action and forms of revolution can digitality enable? In the following events, the team of INSERT FEMALE ARTIST, together with Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature (CfL), wants to enter into a conversation with authors, experts, and the audience in different formats about the limits, resources, and ways of relating to revolutions of the present.
Protesting 2022 is a production of INSERT FEMALE ARTIST and Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature (CfL) and is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the project "Words like Blades".