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16 January 2007 @ 11:54 am
performing and queering sadomasochism  
Performing and Queering Sadomasochism (Berlin, 8-11 February)

The conference's aim is to analyse the specific quality of the performance of power and control in sadomasochistic subculture, including its adaptations on the Internet, in art, literature, film and performance art. Relations of power and control are usually blinded out or disapproved in our culture. However, they acquire a special appeal and wish to be confronted with high intensity in sadomasochistic settings, thereby making it possibly to rework them. The possibility of dealing with contradictions and borderlines in a playful way thus closely connects [BD]SM with aesthetic practices. The objectives of the interdisciplinary perspective on [BD]SM are: analysing the different dimensions of [BD]SM (fetishism, bodily control, pain and submission), understanding and criticising the performativity of power, violence, gender, community, heteronormativity and the subject, as well as investigating the fascination with violence and authority as society's collective imaginary.
What you want is in the blood, Senatorsdemonista on January 19th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
"Relations of power and control are usually blinded out or disapproved in our culture."

Um, have you been living under a rock? Or is racism, sexism, violence, war, rape, etc. a figment of my overactive feminist imagination?
materialising on January 19th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Um, I didn't write the brochure -- just passing on the information.