NEWS & Recent Activities

contesting/contexting SPORT*

The field of SPORT* is one of the most influential contexts for shaping norms/normativities and (con)forming identities, while operating in different shapes, scales, levels and locations. It does so through gender discrimination/policing and LGBTIQ* invisibility/oppression, from labor exploitation / body norming, to forced evictions around mega-sporting events and propaganda for nation-state oligarchies. It is located at the personal and local level; it exists between athletes, within teams, at clubs, amongst coaches, administrators, fans, media, 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 everything in between. It comes in the form of racism, sexism, (neo)colonialism, homo/bi/transphobia, ageism, ableism, nationalism, along with class divisions and many other intersecting axes of difference.

Yet, SPORT systems are seldom contested or contextualized ––instead they are often taken for granted in their contemporary form. As an industrial complex, SPORT has become largely inaccessible to ethical and aesthetic reconfigurations. And at the same time, sports can serve as a powerful site/tool to for changing all of this...

EXHIBITION: Arts & Acts meet Space

contesting/contexting SPORT

opens 8 July 2016 in Berlin, Kreuzberg
and runs 9 July - 28 August 2016 at the exhibition spaces of:


Oranienstraße 25

Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien

Mariannenpl. 2

Contributions by: Pascal Anson, Aquahomo, Imtiaz Ashraf, Artúr van Balen, Berlin Bruisers, Željko Blaće, Boxing Queers, Cassils, Manuela Covini, Antoni Hervas Cortes & Panteres Grogues, David Crespo, Tristan Deschamps, Jean-Úlrick Desert, Discover Football, Estelle Fenech, Caitlin D. Fisher, Zsuzsi Flohr, Gabriele Fulterer & Christine Scherrer, Grrrls* Can Skate, Barbara Gruhl, Guerreiras Project, Jason Hall, Tabea Huth, Justin Jorgensen, Brian Kenny, Lola Lasurt, Julia Lazarus, Llobet & Pons, Albert Markert, Marthe’Oh, Tara Mateik, Marisa Maza, Dayna McLeod, Stuart Meyers, David Miguel, Frank J. Miles, Maximilian Moll, Marc Ohrem-Leclef, Les Dégommeuses, Tanja Ostojić, Open Games, Pirate Cinema, Max Pelgrims, Kathrin Rabenort, Rafucko, Saul Selles, Marc Serra, Coral Short, Julia Smit, Spielaufbau, Katja Stuke, Ilaa Tietz, Alexa Vachon, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Tom Weller, QueerSportSplit & Zagreb, Queerfitness Berlin

PROGRAM: SweatDreams & QueerSport.LABs

The discursive program entitled SWEAT DREAMS entails performances, workshops, presentations, lectures and screenings. These pieces further question SPORT norms, amplify critical voices, detect tensions between sport and social justice.

With: Mikel Aristegui, Željko Blaće, Alex Brahim, Vanessa Brazeau, Berlin Bruisers, Jules Boykoff, Copy & Dance, Julien Carrel, Veronica Cendoya, Jennifer Doyle, Zsuzsi Flohr, Caitlin D. Fisher, GEGEN, Diego Grandry, Guerreiras Project, Andrea Liu, Antoine LeBlanc, Philippe Liotard, Llobet & Pons, Tara Mateik, Stuart Meyers, Tanja Ostojić, Rafucko, RKS Gwiazda, Martin Schick, Saul Selles, Coral Short

Upcoming Events

Talk by Jules Boykoff and filmscreening "Dirty Games"

Wed 22nd June 2016, 19h

Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178 Berlin

Queer event/party: GEGEN Olympics

Fri 01st July 2016, 23h

Köpenicker Str. 76, Mitte

Opening: Exhibition and program SWEAT DREAMS

Fri 08th July 2016, 19h

and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien

Guided tour (en) (de) (fr) (es) (hr) (pt)

Sun 10th July 2016, 11h

Admiralstraße 1-2, Kreuzberg

Guided tour (en) (de) (fr) (es) (hr) (pt)

Sun 17th July 2016, 11h

Admiralstraße 1-2, Kreuzberg

Guided tour (en) (de) (fr) (es) (hr) (pt)

Sun 24th July 2016, 11h

Admiralstraße 1-2, Kreuzberg

ccSPORT: Chronology, WorkGroup, Initiative and Supporters

ccSPORT is a trans-local initiative of athletes, artists, academics and activists who are challenging, reclaiming and redefining the field of SPORT from feminist and queer perspectives through creative and critical practices. We are working against discrimination and injustice to inspire intervention and instigate queer solidarity in emancipation.

As a working group based in Berlin, ccSPORT has created the contesting/contexting SPORT 2016 exhibition and program to contests the field of SPORT through creative and critical practices/perspectives that question the status quo and assert change. The initiative also serves to contextualize the declarative neutrality and autonomy of the field, rendering diverse influences, experiences and conditions of SPORT realities visible. Thus, as a platform for trans-disciplinary exchange, ccSPORT materializes at the intersection of arts, sports and politics through art works, artefacts and media to question SPORT norms, amplify critical voices and detect tensions between sport and social justice.


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Oranienstrasse 25, 10999 Berlin

++49 (0)30 616 513 - 0

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kunstraum kreuzberg

eine Einrichtung des Bezirksamts Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Supported by:


as well as the Senatskanzlei Kulturelle Angelegenheiten: Ausstellungsfonds Kommunale Galerien und Fonds Ausstellungsvergütungen für bildende Künstlerinnen und Künstler