COVEN Berlin ÂŠ feminist
PURPOSE COVEN Berlin is a sex-positive transdisciplinary genderbender collective focused on feminism, love, gender, sexuality and art. Founded in 2013 in Berlin by Lo Pecado and Judy MiĂ¨l, it is on its way to conqueer the universe with a feminist conflation of provocative fine-lined aesthetics and critical brainwaves in form of artworks, interviews and essays, always using a breath of irony.
COVEN Berlin wants to create an open sphere with words and visuals, a massive weapon to deconstruct the assimilated social structures on sexuality and gender, to transmit a positive message on sex, to defy body politics, to transversally think about immigration, race and sex and to fight against mind-constricted stereotypes on sex and different gender expressions.
COVEN Berlin is an open space where communication flows in multiple directions and we welcome all those interested to make contributions in whatever form of expression you feel most comfortable with.
We want to grow, learn, create, play, perform and share.
FOUNDERSâ€™ STATEMENT Like almost everything that matters in life, COVEN Berlin started with a good glass of wine, a tasty meal and the right companion. After months of talking, ranting, laughing and philosophizing about our coming-of-age stories and experiences as queer women, we began to toy with the idea of shifting from our particular kitchen discussions to the public sphere. We had so much energy and so many things to say, and yet the words seemed to simply evaporate into thin air like a puddle on a hot summer day. We needed a space where not only could we share our opinions but also create a new platform to help defy heteronormativity and sexism in our society. Suddenly a flip switched in our minds and we just knew that we had to take the terrifying and exciting step from words to action, from fantasy to reality.
This is how we gather our courage and plunged into the deep worlds of blogging â€“ the voice of our generation. After a bit of brainstorming and a few clicks here and there COVEN Berlin was born. At first insecurities and a high dose of self-criticism made our attempts to reach a broader audience than the two of us go slowly. But lo and behold! We attracted interested - positive reactions, requests and participation. So we knew in this huge world full of options there was a place for our ideas. And we wanted more.
-Lo and Judy
HOW WE WORK COVEN Berlin is an online platform with flat hierarchies and diversity as key strength where every opinion and perspective counts. Our aim is to provide an open space for our contributors to start a multidirectional dialog and to express themselves with words and visuals. From brainy to frivolous to edgy, our main intention is to share our experiences and thoughts on gender and sexuality, as well as their reflection in our social interactions.We think of COVEN as a plural, fluid and critical collective of people coming from different sociocultural backgrounds. And this means that sometimes our personal opinions do not match. However, we embrace this diversity and understand it as an enriching aspect of the collective.
COVEN Berlin does not work with assignments or deadlines. Our editor-in-chiefâ€™s job is to keep the staff stimulated and to help them find out which communicationâ€™s style suits them better, always based on their personal experiences, features and preferences.
LANGUAGE & STYLE It was not an easy task to decide whether to use English or German as main communication vehicle for COVEN. Although we always thought of COVEN Berlin as a multicultural and international collective, German was the language in which the idea took form, so to say our project’s mother tongue. Moreover, for both of us English is just our second language and we felt unsure about our ability to transmit our message with acceptable grammar and writing style.
Nevertheless, we didn’t want our content to be restricted to local events and circumstances. We aim to reach the widest audience and, although we are based in Berlin and that of course inspires our work, we don’t want the German language to represent a barrier for our potential readers/collaborators. Thus we think that English is the most suitable language for our project.
Besides, there is always something very revealing about writing in your second language. It is a fact that the way our brains are wired is intrinsically shaped by our mother tongue, that it shaped inevitably the way we experience the world. And this is why it is so rewarding to bring people from different sociocultural and language contexts in a maybe-not so-grammatically-correct but vivid exchange about gender and sexuality. Although we always try to get our content proofread by an English native speaker, it can happen that you find some minor grammar errors or eccentric expressions in our texts. Far from taking it as a flaw, appreciate it as an intimate sign of the personality and uniqueness of our contributors.
FORMAT OVERVIEW Webpage: Platform: Theme:
Origin by AlienWP - a minimalistic theme with responsive layout
- Wish You Were Queer - Feminism And All Her Friends
> Queer lifestyle
- When 2 Or More Become 1
> Gender, sex & sexuality
- All That Glitters
> Artwork section
> Feminism & activism
- Diary > What we love and what inspires us - The Grinch > Ranting - Unwanted Comment of the Week > Personal experiences in random environments - Party like itâ€™s 1928
> Events & parties in Berlin
open structure and visualisation including text, images, gifs, videos and links
English (with exceptions)
queers and (pro) feminists
Lo Pecado (ES) is an intercultural mediator and translator living in Berlin. She currenty writes her PhD dissertation on gender roles and women’s representation on the Internet. She is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of COVEN Berlin, and of
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her extremely extensive Wikipedia visits. One quarter of her brain is believed to
blood is Spanish like the Inquisition. Our editor-in-witch loves to brag about having
Judy MiĂ¨l (DE) was raised in a small village in the south of Germany. Her home was a
ballet lessons. Her closest experience to the afterlife was when, after having buried and mourned her beloved tomcat, he appeared safe and sound at the front door.
creative director of COVEN Berlin she is responsible for the visual appearance of webpage content, art works and exhibitions. She has a pathological aversion to
Esther Nelke (ES) was born in a lost village in the heart of Extremadura. During her
to settle down, in the last years she has lived in three different countries in four different cities, amongst them Berlin, where she met the other witches of the of
Berlin about sexism, social dynamics, sex work, intersectionality, and her own awkward is
an early age that queer rights celebrations are (amongst) the bests (parties). Since
held at heart the project of an inclusive society. Her video, photographic and journalistic production the
bachelor studying to
to become aware of gender imbalances at work within the home. In her childlike simplicity these inequalities seemed totally illogical, a belief she held into adulthood. uses
identity and gender expectations. She is a big believer in opening oneâ€™s mouth and starting a conversation. She is currently studying masters in fine arts in Gent
D e s c r i p t i o n : CONCHA f (plural conchas) 1. seashell 2. Popular Spanish female name meaning “conception” 3. (vulgar, Latin America) cunt CONCHA is the Spanish word for seashell and also a Latin American voice for cunt. CONCHA can also be your neighbor, since it is a popular Spanish female name which means conception.
CONCHA is the first postporn short by the queer feminist collective COVEN Berlin. Inspired by the Foucaultian concept of the degenitalization of sex and pleasure (i.e. the breakup of the erotic monopoly traditionally held by the genitals), this film tries to disrupt the spectator’s expectations about porn by mixing symbolic and nonexplicit elements in a provocatively intimate dance.
CONCHA is a sensual 02:09 minute video piece with music by the Berliner-based Jane Freiheit, shot by the queer multimedia artist Judy Milk and starring the tongue talent Lo Pecado.
COVEN Berlin invited their followers to join
their 1st Queer Haiku Contest in 2013. Haikus
juxtaposition of two poetic images or ideas and a kireji, or cutting word. The English version (that cannot convey the deceitful simplicity of
structure, but exceptions prove the rule so let your creativity bloom and donâ€™t feel the need to follow this pattern. By their own nature, haikus are surprisingly fit for queer narratives. They tell the stories contained in casual glances, romances never shown but as a wrinkle in your clothes or whispers in the dark. They depict intimate yet abstract landscapes. In this impossible equilibrium we can find the perfect tool both to reveal and conceal, to tell the stories of the overlooked and the silenced.
Three haikus were chosen from all the submissions to be illustrated by Judy MiĂ¨l (http://judymiel.com/) and featured in COVEN Berlin.
Transgenialer Christopher Street Day, MindPirates e.V. was screening a selection of queer films in the week the 17th till the 21st of June in celebration of Pride Week in collaboration with jozo pr (www.jozopr.com) and COVEN Berlin.
D e s c r i p t i o n : This gif installation represents the carnal, fluid and digitalisible nature of the potentia gaudendi or “orgasmic force”, according to the queer philosopher Beatriz Preciado, this notion describes a new order of capitalist power that is structured via the orgasm. This potentia gaudendi is the sum of the potential excitement inherent to every life molecule. This orgasmic strength is the most abstract and at the same time the most material labor force in the capitalist system, for although it cannot be possessed or conserved, it can be transformed into capital. Pleasure capital.
D u r a t i o n : 58“ in loop / 63“ in loop
D e s c r i p t i o n : With the illustration series ‘Cofradía de los Invertidos’ COVEN Berlin inflames the edge between symbols of Catholic cults and emblems of queer rebellion and empowerment – minorities slip into their reputed despisers’ costumes and celebrate the hidden, the censored and the untolerated. The queer imagery in these portrayals is inspired by the traditional Holy Week processions in Spain, where the worshippers carry religious sculptures on their shoulders commemorating the last days of Jesus Christ while the audience gets carried away by the solemnity of this visual spectacle.
The series is, amongst other COVEN Berlin artwork. supposed to be exhibited in early 2014.
FUTURE COVEN Berlin aims to get visibility not only in a queer and feminist sphere but to
ethnicity, sexual identity or orientation. The Online Mag, linked with different social but
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