11. Mai —
17. Juni 2018


Prof*X Nuray Demir

The Wiener Festwochen Bubble

© Anja Beutler
© Anja Beutler

Hamamness is a 140-square-metre room, consisting of three domes, in which the centuries-old hamam culture meets postcolonial discourse. The installation is simultaneously a pre-enactment and a progressive simulation. In the inflatable structure, you proceed from the relaxation area into the wash zones. At 45° C and high humidity, your pores open and your senses are stimulated. Physiotherapists, tellaks, and natırs (hamam bathing staff) pamper you, while the performers turn one or other established certainty on its head, and the discourse guests sweat out their knowledge in this new cultural climate. The dualities of body/mind, man/woman, migrant/non-migrant are softened and scrubbed. Hamamness mediates new understandings of the body through the production of collective intimacies. Open your pores, your heart, and your mind. Relax. Let your head and feet be washed. Sign up and immerse yourself in the heterotopy of post-identity realities.

With four different theme-blocs, Hamamness invites you to visit several times. For this, we recommend buying a season ticket!

Don’t B/Other Me

“Othering,” as a practice of exclusion, is not only tested but also exercised here. Slowly and relaxedly, we lean back and watch as our selective reality evaporates. The time of othering is over. The Berlin-based activist and famous soothsayer Sabuha Salaam brings her tea leaves to Vienna and queerly reads what will come to pass. Post the future!Theorist Dina El-Najjar unmasks orientalism and opens deconstruction strategies.Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, editor at Germany’s Missy Magazine, talks about fat activism, fat acceptance, self-love, and space-taking. In this way, body politics are subject to a progressive reinterpretation. Body-positivity rules. Relax the pain away!

18 May, with Sabuha Salaam & Dina El Najjar
19 May, with Sabuha Salaam & Dina El Najjar & Hengameh Yaghoobifarah
20 May, with Sabuha Salaam & Hengameh Yaghoobifarah 
21 May, with Sabuha Salaam & Hengameh Yaghoobifarah
Language: German 

Queering Knowledges

A technical term in the fields of history, literature, and gender studies, “queering” is a method that causes a shift, a transformation of norms. The focus is not only on sexuality and gender: all dominant and hegemonic discourses are put to the test. Leyla Jagiella reports from her academic-activist work about how, out of Muslim traditions, a queer and trans-positive potential can be derived, which creates spaces for action and resistance to the dominant discourses of our time. In the performance Tulip Talk, NIC KAY will talk about radical self-care, the history of black diasporic performance, and how tulips came to Europe. In the performance “Pray me Awayer,” Ahmet Sitki Demir negotiates the dualism between faith and knowledge and designs futuristic religious rituals.

25 May with Leyla Jagiella & NIC KAY
26 May with Leyla Jagiella & NIC KAY
27 May with Leyla Jagiella & NIC KAY & Ahmet Sitki Demir
28 May with Leyla Jagiella & Ahmet Sitki Demir
Language: German, English 

Gender Jihad

With the term Gender Jihad, Muslim feminists call for a jihad (effort, struggle) for an anti-patriarchal and gender-based understanding of Islam and beyond. The many fat(im)a morganas about women as domination-afflicted subjects are dispelled by an emancipatory heterogeneous women's movement. Gender Jihad is post-colonial feminism. Defined by themselves rather than by others, women show how feminist solidarity can work. Amani Abuzahra takes a look at the history of women in Islam to open up new ways of thinking. With the help of Black and Muslim thinkers, Ismahan Wayan will reflect upon and discuss what Gender Jihad means in the body of a Black Muslim woman. Sara Mikolai performatively explores queer-feminist relationships. Uncertainties transform into collectivity. The transformation artist Eisa Jocson examines gender and exoticism. Hamamness calls for a jihad of solidarity!

1 June, with Amani Abuzahra  & Sara Mikolai
2 June with Amani Abuzahra  & Ismahan Wayah & Sara Mikolai
3 June with Amani Abuzahra & Ismahan Wayah & Eisa Jocson
4 June with Amani Abuzahra & Eisa Jocson
Language: German 
The event Gender Jihad is only for women & femmes.

Collective Melancholy

The feeling of hüzün is opposed to the positivisation of all areas of life. Hüzün means melancholy—not that of an individual, but of the group. During four evenings, Gürsoy Doğtaş will examine the circumstances that surrounded the origins of the longest Arabesque piece in Turkish musical history, by the famous singer, painter, and poet Zeki Müren. This piece processes the pain of his separation from the political writer James Baldwin. From this point outwards, there extend many possibilities for thinking about sadness, melancholy, and Arabesque music. The Egyptian musician Umm Kulthum fascinated millions of people, including Zeki Müren. AmIrani will honour her with a diva enactment. With penetrating melodies, Sakîna makes tangible pain and melancholy, as well as courage, and longing. Because it’s not the presence of hüzün that is painful, but its absence. Hiba Shammout translates the collective melancholy into dance. Here, the Arabesque Queerness is summed up as writing, singing, dancing, and crying back. Tears dry on their own!

8 June with Gürsoy Doğtaş & AmIrani
9 June with Gürsoy Doğtaş & AmIrani
10 June with Gürsoy Doğtaş & Hiba Shammout  & Sakîna
11 June with Gürsoy Doğtaş & Hiba Shammout & Sakîna
Language: German