RADICAL LOVE HAPPENING´s CONCEPTUALIZATION
The idea of the RADICAL LOVE HAPPENING is coming from a very old wish of mine. A wish that was not fulfilled and so did not past. As Walter Benjamin said, "The past is not past." I carried this wish long time in me. This year it came up again after one of those filmdinners where friends came together to watch films and having dinner. These filmdinners which followed happenings organized by Die DilleTanten gave me the confidence to pursue this happening. Among people who organized these happenings and who were participating and I also was getting close with which was the most important there are to mention Maren Blume, Katrin Euller, Ipek Hamza, Hannah-Lisa Kunyik and Juliane Saupe.
Another wish was once (2012) to found a space for performance discours in vienna. Yet another wish that I was longing for much longer came up then was the desire to connect art, life and politics. So to open my flat, studio to a space for performance art, discourse and community. (This is connected to my history of punk. We used to organize concerts in the flat we lived in on a farmhouse. So there is also this connection to D.I.Y. subculture.)
The RADICAL LOVE HAPPENING therefore is to create a space and time for community, friendship, love, supporting each other, pushing a discourse and grow through discussions and taking care of each other to develop our auto-realization.
In this sense it was on one point of the development of this idea completely clear that this has to happen at my place. I want to share my flat and create a space which aims to be safe from dominator culture. As bell hooks put it: "The only safe space we have is our home where we can share our love, friendship and solidarity with our beloved ones" (You find this in the book Sehnsucht und Widerstand; there is a special chapter on Heimat. - Ein Ort des Widerstands).
On a talk on black masculinity together with Kevin Powell (you find this online) she gave another inspiring political notion to the idea of home saying: "We have to see our homes as places of resistance. We have to look at our history and see how much started at home."