quEAR – The Transtonal Ear Festival
quEAR, the Transtonal Ear Festival presents audio plays, oral performances, and sound installations with a “Trans*, Inter, Queer“ theme. There will also be Workshops. Call for performances: Please submit artistic contributions to audio(at)quear.org by mid June, 2011. This is a DIY Audiofestival.
quEAR is new in Germany. The intent is to create a forum for artistic exchange and discussion. It presents us with the opportunity to explore how sound as a multi faceted medium can be used for artistic and political expression. quEAR supports networking. The festival is free of charge. The festival is accessible to people with limited or no vision, wheelchairs, and other disabilities. Performances will take place out doors, on open air stages, in tents or containers.
quEAR is a word creation combining the two terms „queer” and “ear.” In this context, the meaning of “queer“ is not limited to “gay lesbian” or “gay lesbian bisexual transgender.” Queer is to be interpreted as “different from the norm” and thereby challenges and questions the boundaries presented to us by heteronormative society. The term “queer” is intended to encourage activity that goes beyond sexual orientation or individual identity. It is more than the negation of prohibitive or unbearable conditions. Politically, “queer” refers to a utopian space that may not yet exist but that can be defined and described and that we must continuously strive to create. Room for trans*inter und queer lifestyles and practices can not be taken for granted. Their space must continually be renegotiated. Discrimination and violence are not isolated incidents. They are the result of institutional, structural and cultural power struggles and thereby have a heightened political relevance.