Past was a blast: when qSPORT was media spunk

Back in December 2005 qSPORT was a hit in mainstream media for about a one week starting from main news web portal of Croatia 'discovering' an invite of for Croatian LGBTIQ+ rowers to join...this was then picked up by, and finally Croatian TV as a part of a late evening quiz Piramida in which host Željka Ogresta asked 3 contestants (including retired war general) what they thought of Gay athletes in Croatia. Media rush stopped week after as it was end of the year and one of the most prominent Croatian war generals Gotovina was finally captured after escaping all international attempts for a very long time. This episode was first major crisis of small queer communal sport and recreation initiative that lost more then half of its 20+ members after this media shock and before the end of its first calendar year of existence.

BeyondBinaries / B2 project launches website with research findings...

A4 print out with project description

BEYOND BINARIES (B2) is an international research examining spectrum of Masculinity-Femininity / Hetero-Homo normativity in Aquatic sports and Dance. It is conducted by 5 grass-root organizations in LGBTIQ+ sport and culture over one and a half year. As a final public activity of its support cycle through Erasmus+ small collaborations in sports it launches this website with research findings

material work presented at Making Matters

Zeljko prototyping inflatable rainbow with Tools for Action

QueerSport material work is being presented in the Hague at the Making Matters Symposium... from 2012 QueerMedals (image of Youth Pride Games Manchester 2012 medals made with RubberByKat), over 2013-2014-2015-2016 Kickertables to 2014 Pop-Up RAINBOW ... work that was done in collaborations with ToolsForAction, and with support of fablabs of Timelab, de WAAG, Fablab BXL and arts&culture organizations like Brussels's Constant vzw (during GenderBlending week at Beursschouwburg Brussels) and BAINS (RECOMERCE festival) or in L'Entorse (Sport & Art Festival in Lille - French instance).

QueerSport projects presented at 'contesting/contexting SPORT 2016'

Several QueerSport projects presented at 'contesting/contexting SPORT 2016' exhibition and program at nGbK and KunstraumKreuzberg/Bethanien during the summer 2016. This was an exceptional opportunity to show the wide range of works of artists and activists working in the field of sport on the international scale during the EURO and Olympics. This was also an opportunity for a group of people involved with a project to form a nucleus of international connective that works as ccSPORT. More information on the exhibition at 2016 program includes SPORT project

group photo of first 3 selected (all queer-feminist) projects for 2016

Exciting news from the nGbK - neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst [in translation: new society for visual arts]
nGbK mebers voted on April12th over 2016 program and are very happy to announce the winnings teams:

  1. No play Feminist Training Camp
  2. Fatherfigures are hard to find
  3. contesting / contexting SPORT
  4. Necessità dei Volti: A Dialogical Procedure
  6. Animal Lovers Giant inflatable rainbow intervenes at annual swim race in Vis / Croatia

photos by Csilla Hódi

At 6p.m. on Saturday the 16th of August on the paradise island of Vis in Croatia, the annual open water swimming event was expected to run as usual. Instead a giant inflatable rainbow carried by activists intervened in the closing section of the race to establish queer visibility in public space and sport, and to protest Croatia’s again increasing LGBTIQ discrimination -recently coming in bottom (with Latvia) of the EU list of LGBTIQ (2) friendly places. The focus on the ethics of sports is due to the fact that sports environments are very hostile to any minority involvement.

POP-UP RAINBOW// / / Workshop

photo by Multimedia Institute ( CC-by-SA 3.0

JOIN Workshop & MAKE together colossal POP-UP RAINBOW!
(... and clouds) ((... and sea eagles?)) (((... and Subversion!)))

Learn the practical skills and methods in working with new materials,
collaboration in production and pick-up experience of artists&activist
...all in 2 days in Split and 2 days in Vis
...or as much and where you can take part!

POP-UP RAINBOW// / / Workshop – is an artivist workshop on engaged creativity that uses big and funny infaltable objects for interventions in public space. Motif is 8,5m big simbolic RAINBOW that works with multiple meanings as a symbol of LGBT visibility in public space and physical marker of queer transformation in sport. Cultural-jamming methods create unusual situation and interaction of instigators and public, issues in local context as well as media effects...

MEDALS - Frequently Asked Questions

 QueerMedals for YouthPrideGames Manchester 2012

Project by Željko Blaće and Kat Bowman instigated with QueerSport MEDALS - open for collaborations.

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:

QueerSport.LAB - POSSIBLE?!.

exhibition: Another SPORT is Possible ? ! .

+ 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

Tom Weller (Berlin, Germany),
Jason Hall (Brighton, UK),
Željko Blaće (Zagreb, Croatia),
Boxing Girls / Boxing Queers (Berlin, Germany),
The Justin Campaign (Brighton, UK),
qSPORT (Zagreb, Croatia),

_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.

Cfp: ART focusing on Tensions between Sport and LGBTQ Realities

Deadline Passed... but proposals are being accepted for review and inclusion in the platform on monthly basis!]

INTERNATIONAL CALL for ART focusing on Tensions between Sport and LGBTQ Realities

International cluster of organisations working in arts, culture and sport, announces open call for multi-disciplinary art projects focusing on tensions of Sport and LGBTQ realities, with the aim of supporting production and presentation of artistic expression that contributes to reflection on the field of Sport in it’s Social, Cultural and Political aspects.

Project is initiated by Željko Blaće of qSPORT (Croatia), Chris Vanja of The Justin Campaign Arts (UK) and Alex Brahim of Digital Bureau of International Art (Spain), supported by Panteres Grouges (Spain), Pride Games (UK) and inQueerzicija (Croatia). List of partners is expanding.
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