The new POClab project #Stronger will be at nGBK in Berlin in the exhibiton contesting/contexting SPORT 2016 from July 8 – August 28, 2016. #Stronger is a speculative iOS app designed to reimagine health and fitness beyond gendered limits for trans, queer and gender non-conforming people. It includes contributions from micha cárdenas, POC lab researcher Kate Sohng, Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Gus Lanza and Andrew Bueno of Foundation Crossfit! From the ccsport webpage:
contesting/contexting SPORT 2016
neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK)
to reclaim the field with art and activism
nGbK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Exhibition and Program SWEAT DREAMS
9 July – 28 August 2016 // Opening: 8 July 2016
Exhibition and program contest the field of SPORT* through critical art and activist practices. Coming from feminist and queer practices, the project aims to challenge discrimination and encourage emancipation. SPORT will be contextualized from its declarative neutrality and autonomy, rendering diverse influences, but also experiences and conditions of SPORT realities visible.
The field of SPORT* is one of the most influential contexts for shaping norms and forming identities – most often in narrow and harmful ways – taking place in many different shapes, forms, and places: from gender discrimination and LGBTIQ* invisibility/ oppression, to site-specific labor exploitation and evictions around mega-sporting events. It is located at the personal and local level; it exists between athletes, within teams, at clubs, amongst coaches, administrators, fans, media and sponsors. It is carried out at the institutional level from educational systems, within professional governing bodies, in policies and organizational practices, and in legislation or lack thereof. It is taking place at the global, hyper-commercialized mega-sport level through the commodification of minds and bodies, city infrastructures and propaganda of nation-state oligarchies; and everything in between. It comes in the form of racism, sexism, (neo)colonialism, homo/bi/transphobia, ageism, ableism, nationalism, along with socio-economic class divisions and many other intersecting axes of difference. SPORT systems are seldom contested or contextualized – instead they are often taken for granted in their contemporary form.