“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 am looking for ways to contribute in friendly and respectful ways, so that, together, we can do our best to create more equality and actual freedom. Or wonder together what that means and what that could look like.

Parts of this website are in German only. Please ask if there’s anything that you don’t understand and would like to know more about.

Verena Spilker

hi, it’s me.

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

Oktober 16, 2019

Mögliche Muster

Muster

Time and Ukraine

Time and Ukraine

So today a little more text and no drawing. Today’s #inktober topic is #clock and it made me think of the way time is used and how it is so related to identiy in Ukraine. I’m gonna try and tell you a bit about it: I was living in the far western part of Ukraine, right...

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The new shelter in Uzhhorod

The new shelter in Uzhhorod

After six years I went to Ukraine again last week. I will write more about that whole trip later. Over the years I brought two beautiful dogs from Ukraine, Izabella who is six years old now and sleeping next to me as I type this and Buddha, who had been with me for...

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Realer Raum

Raum

Time and Ukraine

Time and Ukraine

So today a little more text and no drawing. Today’s #inktober topic is #clock and it made me think of the way time is used and how it is so related to identiy in Ukraine. I’m gonna try and tell you a bit about it: I was living in the far western part of Ukraine, right...

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The new shelter in Uzhhorod

The new shelter in Uzhhorod

After six years I went to Ukraine again last week. I will write more about that whole trip later. Over the years I brought two beautiful dogs from Ukraine, Izabella who is six years old now and sleeping next to me as I type this and Buddha, who had been with me for...

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Venice 2018

Venice 2018

I've never been to Venice. Or much to Italy at all. When I was 16 we had a school trip to Rome, but that's a very long time ago. Venice is super pretty. Here are some impressions:

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Aus dem ARCHIV

Diese Webseite wächst gerade gleichzeitig in die Zukunft und Vergangenheit.
Im Archiv wird nach und nach mehr über Projekte zu erfahren sein, an denen ich mitgearbeitet habe. Zum Anfang gibt es schon mal zwei: balm&creak, eine wöchentliche Radiosendung, die ich für fast 16 Jahre moderiert habe und MOM, ein queer-feministisches Zine, dass ich zusammen mit Freund_innen von 2012 bis 2015 herausgegeben habe.

kommende veranstaltungen

Veranstaltungen, die ich organisiere, Ausstellungen, die meine Bilder zeigen und Konferenzen auf denen ich spreche.

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Adventskalender basteln

24.11.2019 // 10 bis 14h

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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 Tallinn, which was very exciting...

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