On Saturday, 21. May I organized the first feminist Repair Café in the exhibition space of the NGBK, Berlin. With experts Elektra & Flora Könemann.
Together we tried to repair small appliances like broken radios, lamps, headphones, tea kettles, CD players, hand blenders, mobile phones, etc (no printers / TVs / amplifiers – because there is not enough time and we don’t have the appropriate tools). Every participant could bring 1 to 2 broken things.
*** Why a Feminist Repair Café? ***
Without the volunteering “experts” the Repair Cafés would not exist. But unfortunately there is still too often the case that men are reinforced as experts of soldering iron and women in repairing the sewing machines. In our Feminist Repair Café we want to break these gender structures and create a space where women, lesbians, Inter and Trans* people would also engage and stand in the foreground of the electric field and act as “experts”; where they help each other in repairing stuff and inspire others to take on this otherwise male dominated area.
More about the No play – feminist training camp:
This is a broken TV I found in the street. I connected the old, but still functioning, speakers to a new amplifier so that we could use the hole object as an Audio Installation for the No-PLAY Feminist training Camp exhibition in the NGBK. This will be use to play the Podcasts that will be produced during the feminist training camp, from 21. Mai to 24. Juni 2016.
More infos and registration:
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM has started, with the support of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the first Innovation Hub in Ramallah, Palestine. Read More
In August 2014 Julia Otten from Germanwatch e.V. organized a two day event about throw away society and about local initiatives fighting it. They made a visit to my atelier where I talked about the Repair Café as a strategy against planned obsolescence and the growing amount of electrical waste.
Here you can find the more details.