Tolerant? That’s Us

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Lesbians, gays, transgender, and queer people still have to explain why, while they may not want to be seen as homogenous, they still want to be recognised as equal. They are the ones who must justify their love and desire – instead of those who refuse to acknowledge them. But tolerance always means tolerating something you reject.

Tolerance always implies regulating a feeling of unease.

“Tolerant? That’s Us” aims to playfully undermine that attitude, the asymmetry that is inherent in discussions of the equality of LGBTIQ. In three short video clips, “Tolerant? That’s Us” presents everyday situations of intolerance, blithely irritating the viewer, like putting a pebble in the shoe of the public.

The project, by writer Dr Carolin Emcke and director Angelina Maccarone, plays ironically with social expectations and assumptions. Who exactly is tolerating whom? Who are “we” and who are “the others”? How private may love be, and how public does it have to be?

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Narrating War. Theme Days at Haus der Kulturen der Welt

From 20 to 22 February 2014
Curated by Carolin Emcke and Valentin Groebner

How can we narrate war at the start of the twenty-first century? What is it about experiences of extreme violence that makes it so difficult to comprehend and to narrate? What does describing the “indescribable” mean for the survivors, and for those who have been spared – and for the observers? The theme days NARRATING WAR, curated by Carolin Emcke and Valentin Groebner, are devoted to this paradox.

Documentation of the project