(c) Operation Alien Love

Operation Alien Love #1



Elena Liebenstein, Miriam Coretta Schulte, Svenja Schulte, Tariq Bajwa

How close is close? When was the last time we touched each other in such a way that the hair on our arms stood up? What if we could feel each other’s skin even at a distance of 2 meters? What if we could find inspiration for our sexy moments from science fiction? And why are there artichokes everywhere?  In the fifteenth month of the pandemic, Operation Alien Love attempts to bring intimacy and science fiction together in a three-hour audio workshop. Connected via headphones and telephones, we develop avatars with you that think intimacy all over again, from the fingernail or via the vibration of armpit hair. Until later at night, we lie in each other’s imaginary arms, scratch our thoughts and smell our closeness through the telephone receiver.

Science fiction was and is the explosive power to make new ways conceivable in this world. In addition to the well-known war scenarios and fantasies of conquest, there exists a number of great feminist authors and filmmakers who have been creating alternative social orders with their images and fantasies for decades. And thus show: Things don’t have to be the way they are. Science fiction can open up worlds for us in which themes such as the body, sex, reproduction and work hierarchies are renegotiated. Science fiction can make proposals for social and intimate change through technological developments or new ways of dealing.

Annie Sprinkle’s vision of orgasms without touch and Octavia Butler’s ideas on new body communications inspire us on this nightly journey through the long second lockdown, or is it the third or the fourth lockdown? Is it fiction? Is it speculation? Let’s try it out together this night, each one separately, yet connected.

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Language: German, English

An offer for up to 20 participants.