“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. And I am not free as long as one person of Color remains chained. Nor is anyone of you.”

audre lorde (1981)

still looking for

freedom

„The world says: „You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.“ This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.“

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1879)

„Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.“

Thich Nhat Hanh (1998)

„It’s just a feeling. It’s like how do you tell somebody how it feels to be in love? How are you going to tell anybody who has not been in love how it feels to be in love? You cannot do it to save your life. You can describe things, but you can’t tell them. But you know it, when it happens. That’s what I mean by „free“. I had a couple times on stage when I really felt free, and that’s something else. That’s really something else! I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: No fear!“

Nina Simone

Still looking for freedom?

A podcast on freedom.

What is freedom? Is freedom the same for me as it is for you? Can we be free if not all of us are free?

I wanted to find out more. After reading into philosophical and religious concepts of freedom I found myself getting more confused and distracted than actually gaining a clearer understanding of the word or the concept.

So I decided to ask my friends for help. I wrote to over 200 of my facebook friends and asked them to record a short voice message about freedom. 27 people responded and you will be able to listen to what they said in an upcoming podcast that will be released as part of Reflecting Europe in December.

This website is just starting

to grow into it’s existence. It’s an installation – carefully selected pieces of the past and thoughts about the future, attempts of showing reality and fiction; art.
I’m looking for ways to contribute in friendly and peaceful ways, so that, together, we can create more equality and actual freedom. If we can. Let’s at least try.
Parts of this website are in German only. Please ask if there’s anything you’d like to know more about.

Verena Spilker

editor//producer

I’d like to take you out. To explore with me. To share your art and your thoughts.

Does a website only have to go in one direction? I’d like for this website to be a playground for you and me. Please comment on posts that you see and like, that make you think or with which you disagree. Share what you have to say. Your input would be immensely valuable to me and others as well probably.

I know so little and am very happy to learn more.

On the blog you can find posts about a lot of different topics. Serene Space is about places I’ve been and encounters I’ve had. More the anthropological aspects of the blog maybe.

Possible Patterns ins explorations into, well patterns; forms, shapes and whatever else comes up. Maybe a more artistic approach.

In the press section you can find links to some interviews I gave.

Publications takes you to some books and other publications I’ve contributed to in text or pictures.

Oh and don’t forget that I also have to work for money. So if you need a website or a layout for a flyer, etc – or know someone who does – please send me a message or send them my way!

Written by Verena

October 16, 2019

possible patterns

patterns

Tallinn Feminist Forum

Tallinn Feminist Forum

This November I’ll be travelling to Tallinn for the Tallinn Feminist Forum to talk about TQU and transnational movements. I’m very excited and the programme looks amazing. In 2016 I opened the first exhibition of #TheGalleryProject in...

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Still Looking for Freedom?

Still Looking for Freedom?

Reflective Piece: Still Looking for Freedom? „The world says: „You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.“ This is the worldly doctrine of today....

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serene space

space

Batumi Photo Days

Batumi Photo Days

The ArtGora Forum and all the inspiring people I met there had quite an impact on me this year. We stay in touch through email and WhatsApp and one of the participants posted a call for submissions for the Batumi Photo Days - MirrorLand. Having worked on trees and...

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A TQU show at Whose Museum Malmö

A TQU show at Whose Museum Malmö

I can’t quite remember how the first contact was established. Let’s say sometime last year I received an email from Laura, telling me and Tom or Judy, my flat mate and dear friend, about the Whose Museum and asking if we were interested in curating one of...

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Talk: Identity in Germany

Talk: Identity in Germany

A discussion/conversation under the theme of unwrapping German identity at NY University Berlin. Three speakers are invited to talk about their own experience and expertise on different aspects on German identity. Topics likely to be discussed are: Who are you and...

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From the ARCHIVE

This website is growing in two directions. There are some interesting projects I’ve worked on, or been a part of in the past. I will slowly and one by one archive them here. For now there’s two to beginn with. balm&creak, a weekly radio show I was hosting for almost 16 years and MOM, a queer & feminist zine I published together with some friends between 2012 and 2015.

upcoming events

Events I host, exhibitions that show my work or conferences where I will speak.

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Tallinn Feminist Forum

This November I’ll be travelling to Tallinn for the Tallinn Feminist Forum to talk about TQU and transnational movements. I’m very excited and the programme looks amazing. In 2016 I opened the first exhibition of #TheGalleryProject in...

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