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6 Performances in 4 Days

Zürcher Theater Spektakel

Zurich, Switzerland

2016

© Istanbul Queer Art Collective

Performed by Tuna Erdem, Seda Ergul, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, Onur Gökhan Gökçek

As firm believers in the "queer art of failure" defined by the queer theorist J. Jack Halberstam and the avant-garde tradition of Fluxus, Dada and situationists we made a series of performances that radically refuses mastery and control.

We went on stage and practice a form of street art that we have never ever tried before.

We are the Istanbul Queer Art Collective

We came all the way from Turkey 

TO FAIL

We are queer

We are here

And we don’t care that 

We WILL fail

We embrace it.

 

This is called the queer art of failure

Look it up we did not invent it.

 

Tonight each and everyone of us

Will attempt for the very first time in their life

On this very stage

A form of street art.

 

We promise we have never ever even tried these out before tonight

 

We will try and fail infront of you.

 

And what makes this art you might ask

 

The fact that we are willing and able 

To exhibit our failures

In a global culture

Obsessed with success

And telling us to be ashamed of failure.

 

Well we have been told over and over again

We should be ashamed of being queer

And guess what

we are not!

 

We exhibit our queerness with pride

And we shall exhibit our failure here tonight.

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