Swoosh Lieu

</A “Manifesto” of= {every} One.s Own>

Installation Digital Culture

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a woman must have money and a room of her own… therefore, enlightened women simply must go ahead and topple the government… making hundreds of stories and genders bloom… to embrace masturbation… because bitches are beautiful… and we have nothing to fear – except our fear.

Manifestos have been accompanying feminist movements since their very outset. Their authors critique the status quo, imagine new futures, call for a solidary “we”, and pose demands. When Virginia Woolf, in her 1929 manifesto “A Room of One’s Own”, called for money and a room of one’s own for every woman, she would most likely not have imagined that the struggle for rooms, access, and independence would be ongoing almost one hundred years later.

So, many feminist manifestos of the past century still read as surprisingly contemporary. In the installation, the visitors individually encounter an archive of texts, sounds, images, and a stage equipment ensemble. Together with an artificial intelligence, they put the puzzle pieces of past fights into new contexts.

</A “Manifesto” of= {every} One.s Own> asks how collective political action may become conceivable in spaces shaped by code and computers. Feminist theatre collective Swoosh Lieu examines the possibilities of a utopian future, following the traces of feminist history.

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Concept, Text, Technical Realisation : Swoosh Lieu (Johanna Castell, Katharina Pelosi, Rosa Wernecke). Programming: bleeptrack (Sabine Wieluch). Professional Counselling: Hannah Fitsch. Research and Assistance: Lou Oelrich. Production Management: Annett Hardegen. Technical Assistance: Iana Boitcova. Voice: Elena Schmidt. Translation: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro. Voice Recordings: studio lärm. Systrar Productions Photo: Kornelia Kugler.


A Swoosh Lieu production in coproduction with Ballhaus Ost, Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, Women’s Department of the City of Frankfurt, and Frankfurter Kranz. Support granted through the AUTONOM Fonds of the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds provided by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Swoosh Lieu receive support from the Cultural Department of the City of Frankfurt on the Main.