NEWSLETTER #3: Blue Star's First Pop-Up!

Two and a half weeks ago, Blue Star hosted its first pop-up event at Fies&Zornig as part of the Tag der Clubkultur in Berlin! We were so excited and happy to share what we have been working on for a while now. It was really cozy to connect with a bunch of queer cuties, while hosting an example of all five aspects of Blue Star: symposium, workshop, exhibition, performance and co-working. We wanted to share a short review of the event here.

Lecture by Checkpoint Berlin

with Christopher

person making a silly face looking away from the camera

In this 30-minute lecture, Christopher from Checkpoint Berlin told us about the organization's funded program to stop HIV/AIDS infections in Berlin by 2030. He also explained the risks of chemsex and told us a few things about how to have safer sex.

Here is a list of the organizations that were mentioned in the talk:

Queer Leben
Trans Inter Queer
... (coming soon)

'Dance like a Stripper' by Berlin Strippers Collective

with Chique Love and josi(e) j foxXx

© Carys Huws

The Dance like a Stripper workshop was wonderfully hosted, turning an activity that could have space for plenty of nerves and self-consciousness into a celebration of confidence and of each other. Instructors, Chiqui Love and Josi(e) J FoxXx introduced themselves, Berlin Strippers Collective, and their experience in the stripping/sex work industry, before delving into teaching. The workshop was focused on Floor Work; feeling in control of your own body, and having fun. Drenched in flirtatious mood-lighting, participants took it in turns to perform the routine as the other half of the group cheered them on, supporting each other in a safe - and sexy - space.

We can't wait for the next one!

Follow Berlin Strippers Collective here.

Buba Sababa and Balabimbambum

from the Venus Boys

A little excerpt of the performance here on video. Thank you so much to the performers for bringing us 30 minutes of play and engagement!

To follow them, check out their Instagram here: Buba Sababa & Balabimbambum.

'Cycles' curated by Blue Star

ft. Tarfa Bachan, Tobias Balk, Mon Castillo, Phina Hansen and Dario Murru

We have curated of the group exhibition 'Cycles' for the occasion!

Five queer artists were selected to participate in this group exhibition after we launched an open call. Those lucky cuties are: Tarfa Bachan, Tobias Balk, Mon Castillo, Phina Hansen and Dario Murru. All artworks relate to the topic of cycles in one way or another. You can see the artworks and their descriptions below. All artists were present at the event. Also, they sell their work so do get in touch with them if you're interested!

Tarfa Bachan

—’untitled 1/2021 (in constant dissociation), 87 x 64 cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2021

—’untitled 2/2021 (your echo, lover, stayed imprinted on my soul)’, 70 x 50 cm, Acrylic and ink on cotton, 2021

—’untitled 3/2021 (master or muse?)’, 90 x 90 cm, Acrylic and ink on canvas, 2021

"To me, creating art means the opportunity to process the impressions and influences of the world on myself. At the same time, the artwork acts as my materialized expression in and imprint on it. In this sense, art as expression constitutes world(s). (...)"

Tobias Balk

—’My heart’, 40 x 40 cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2021

"Return to starting point.

Familiar feelings,

Repeating Mechanisms.

I want to break out,

But I can’t find my agency.

I’m awaiting rescue.

The new beginning cannot come,

As long as the chain isn’t undone.

The old is pulling the new.

And I’m outside the cycle,

But still running in circles."

Mon Castillo

—’Changes’, 70 x 100 cm, Acrylic on the back of a picture frame, 2019

Phina Hansen

—’Life Cycles’, 148 x 95 cm, Acrylic on paper, 2020

—’The Squirrel and it’s Nut’, 15 x 10,5 cm, Zine printed on paper, 2021

"Repetition and cycles are the basis for nature. Life and death, birth rebirth etc. There are dramatic heroic cycles but then there are also the loops of our daily lives, habits, routines and so on…All these things are repeating at slightly different frequencies to create a bounty of diversity and change around us. (...) A leaf can be dismissed and raked into a pile, but if you choose to adjust your lens to its scale, you see it has its own special colors and shapes, that no other leaf is the same. Likewise a nut."

Dario Murru

—’Embryonic’, 14,8 x 21 cm, Paper, acrylic, pastel, 2021

"These paintings represent the phase of curiosity, experimentation, that a person goes through after switching his consciousness from conceptual-physical polarities to constant inner transformation."

—’Germe Acrobalenis’, Music video as Antimatter Juice, 2021

"Depression is only for sensitive people."

Complimentary Tea Break

with a little question game!

Regarding the café / co-working aspect of Blue Star, we created a tea corner at the event. Here we offered people to take one of the questions and ask it to themselves or someone else, as a way of knowing yourself or others better. A kind of speed dating for making connections.

Here are some of the questions:

Which situations do you feel most powerful?
If you could complete any vision/project, which would it be?
What chance encounter changed your life (for the better)?
If you could instantly master a talent, what would it be?
Is there a teacher or mentor in your life that you are the most grateful for?

Maybe it's some food for thought!

Thank you to everyone who came to the event!

We hope to see you all again soon!

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