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MEDALS - Frequently Asked Questions


Project by Željko Blaće and Kat Bowman instigated with QueerSport MEDALS - open for collaborations.
Project info on http://medals.QueerSport.info/

We articulate, design, produce, organize and educate DIY culture around our work with medals. If you have interest to give them a try as a special artefacts and use the opportunity to think and do both socially and critically let us know! contact email: zeljko@qsport.info

QueerSport.LAB - POSSIBLE?!. @WHW.hr

exhibition: Another SPORT is Possible ? ! .
PHOTOS: http://goo.gl/F0qvc
PRESS RELEASE: http://goo.gl/8AKBW
EXHIBITION TEXTS: http://goo.gl/gAMoUD

+ QueerSport.LAB with program:
12/06/2012 - 18:30 Queering Sport - workshop: qSPORT & co.
14/06/2012 - 18:30 Trans x Sport - screenings + skype-in: Tom Weller
17/06/2012 - 14:00 QS Brunch - screening “Justin” (doc.) + skype-in: Juliet Jacques

_artists:
Tom Weller (Berlin, Germany), http://www.tom-weller.de/
Jason Hall (Brighton, UK), http://www.outlinegallery.com/
Željko Blaće (Zagreb, Croatia), http://zeljko.blace.name/
_communities:
Boxing Girls / Boxing Queers (Berlin, Germany), http://www.boxgirls.org/
The Justin Campaign (Brighton, UK), http://www.thejustincampaign.com/
qSPORT (Zagreb, Croatia), http://www.qsport.info/


_from the introduction text to exhibition:
- Contemporary sport (hypercompetitive, commercialized, institutionalized, politicized...) is often perceived uncritically - especially as a mechanism of capitalist ideology and in its capacity of a globalizer/normalizer of societies. It is equally a source of countless traumatic, stressful and frustrating experiences for (queer) youth, (trans) individuals and others who challenge or do not fit its existing norms. If Sport (as Art) can be considered a laboratory and a contested site, then it is potentially one of the largest domains for social, cultural and political experimentation, but also innovation in contemporary societies... - This exhibition and the QueerSport.LAB program is part of a broader international creative inquiry into tensions between Sport and LGBT/Queer realities. Artists and communities presented here with their works and documentation point to some of many tangents in which creative engagement can work against the normativity of sport through queer expression. Though physically far apart, contextually constrained and of different methodologies and operational networks, all share a common understanding of sport as a context that is neither fixed nor given, but one that needs constant claiming and self-organizing and most of all, imagining viable alternatives.

"I'm more stronger"

"I'm more stronger" that's reason why Alex was playing the male team at the EuroGames.

In parallel to Zeljko 's relational art practice in form of QueerSports.LAB (in Roodkapje’s Work-in-Progress residency space), I’ve done work more related to the construction of identities while joining him. Probably because it is difficult for me to work with the LGBT movement, which I find dated and as they have been mostly accommodated in the normalization of a series of models of homosexuality (...so far I encountered many ideological walls in my way with LGBT community). Practitioners of these models tend to forget that a full reform is not completed, as binary separation of two genders is still very present. It is my opinion that these gays and lesbians often remain insensitive to general non acceptance of more-queer individuals by society who do not fit basic models of gay or lesbian. Among my psychowanking Zeljko introduced me to a guy who came from Mostar in Herzegowina (less pronounced part of Bosnia&Herzegowina) to play basketball and whose name is Alex. One of his particular characteristics is that after many years of professionally in local basketball team he doesn’t play basketball anymore but has come to an international tournament. This is a common denominator of quite a few participants in the EuroGames. Another is that he changed sex from female to male. One of the reasons for Alex to participate in the EuroGames was to join male league.

QueerSport.LAB closing Sunday afternoon...

After 4 days of work-in-progress activities, QueerSport.LAB closing Sunday afternoon in casual conversations with: athletes from South East Europe who for the first time took part in EuroGames, Maarten Freriks who initiated GaySportsFriends.org, EGLSF members and special guest researcher Matthew Roebuck - who is writing a book on The Other Olympics http://www.TheOtherOlympics.co.uk/

instituting of LGBT sport on-line networking

In past two days in meetings (Thursday - Ahoy and Friday - QueerSport.LAB) and several informal conversations the topic of instituting of LGBT sport on-line networking has been discussed among several people. Initiated by Maarten (of http://www.gaysportsfriends.org/), supported by Zeljko (of http://www.QueerSport.info/), with Emy, Sonia and Marc (of http://www.GayGames.org/), with Marc (http://www.panteresgrogues.cat/) and Azeem Ahmad (Vorspiel Berlin badminton)... Networking social efforts of Frank Kelly (out in Ireland) and technical services Stephane Colet (QUBE Sport) were discussed as well as experiences of Gay Sports Friends and FGG with different commercial service providers and qSPORT with Drupal.org open source CMS (...and web application framework).

First Impression

Until now I've been trying to conduct interviews with participants of the EuroGames for a couple of days without much success by the number and in the content of interviews. I could not extract any solid sense, political cause, sentimental reason, compelling content, or meaning to justify the existence or organization of a EuroGames. From my point of view this is not an isolated incident in the organization of gay sport tournments but something that is also shared with the Gay Pride. These events lost their initial content and have been stripped of meaning they had in the past when the repression of LGBT people was a link to different political and intellectual opinions converged on a strong movement. Now they become parties to produce income, confirm power relations and validate stereotypes. The LGBT movement (if one can use the word still) is no longer fighting for the plurality, but acceptance in homogenization.

My conclusion as a first time spectator is that the only motivation behind the participants of the EuroGames is meeting guys, traveling and spending causal time. This conclusion could have an interesting political content. But this simple and unpretentious concept is masked in a bubble of universal ideals such as human rights, equality, difference, etc. using them indiscriminately and without substance. Even posing a question: Do gay people need a special league because they can’t compete in general ones? Are gays weaker than straight?

QueerSport-in-SEE group meet @Roodkapje

QueerSport.LAB hosted first working meeting of LGBTQ sport people from South East Europe. After meeting informally and individually before this meeting was a first working coordination. Unfortunately all of Slovenian athletes, some of Croatia and Bosnia&Herzegovina were missing due to their sport schedule, but we hope to catch up with them in next days.

In about 90min participants introduced themselves and discussed different perspectives on coordination and collaboration potentials. Positions and focuses are different based on capacities and resources, as well as local context of organizations. Hopefully this will be used to advance to a more diverse LGBTQ sport development work in the region then elsewhere in Europe. Notes were made for making a joint calendar and activities - especially for potential fundraising (Youth in Action program) and next real-life meetings (Zagreb in October, maybe Ljubljana in November and in 2012 maybe Podgorica in May and for sure Split hosted EGLSF AGA in March).

After initial internal working start we were joined by EuroGames 2012 organizers from Budapest who presented big changes in the Outreach management (connecting it at Budapest directly to volunteering), lower entry level registrations (for basic sport package) and also introducing LGBTQ Business forum (add-on to know formula of Sport&Culture programs). We also talked a bit with Bulgarian representatives about potential of networking in Romania and other countries.

More updates will follow-up on http://SEE.QueerSport.info/ as other individuals who were missing from the meeting and potential international partners and supporters are approached.


event #1 EGLSF bylaws work group meet @Roodkapje

First event at QueerSport.LAB - INSTITUTION was informal working meeting of EGLSF bylaws work group meet between Armelle, Davy and Zeljko (this is a second meeting after the one in Paris TIP tournament about 5-6 weeks ago).
It was an effort of about 90min to explain to ourselves different perspectives, positions and argumentation one can take when looking of membership structures of organizations in LGBTQ sport. Notes were made for production of a joint position paper to be presented to EGLSF members as an attempt of not only to be changing existing bylaws, but also inform and inspire members to look at this issue from multiple perspectives and with different arguments (not just one's own).
Position paper will include both text on what should be considered when discussing representation (multiple representation as well as non-represented) and graphic visualizations to map existing situation and understand support changes. We will provide you with updates on our work on-line... including the graphics through GoogleDocs.


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