Inspired by trans/feminist literature and the mind of Donna Haraway, we will first dive into a few key concepts like monstrosity, intersectionality, representation, metaphors, (in)visibility... And imagine why character-building can be a tool for earthly survival. The second day, joined by drag artist Hassandra, we continue by crafting our very own alter ego through exercises writing, storytelling and movement. Afterwards, we materialise our characters by creating a distinct look, combined with an introduction to self-made prosthetics and drag. Engaging with alter egos can help to overcome personal fears, binary structures, and societal norms. They can be human or non-human, grotesque or modest, fantastical or earthly; creatures, cyborgs, cryptids... Whatever the heart desires.
ARTIST BIO Honey Vogelaers (they/he) is a non-binary artist, activist and community organizer based in Berlin. Their practice focuses on queer history and ecologies, storytelling, mental health awareness and critical thinking. Honey is an active member of the education collective Critical Queer Solidarity. With his alter ego Baby Monster, he explores drag as a form of expression and source of resistance.
Hassandra (they/them) is an interdisciplinary performer, DJ, Make-up Artist and event producer based in Berlin. For their practice as a drag artist, Hassandra found inspiration in the female characters from ancient theater and Greek mythology. By reimagining and subverting such characters, they aim to portray the tensions and contradictions fraught in their identity as a queer diasporic subject.