Rainbows End

From April 22nd until 2nd of May Creative Coding Utrecht (CCU) opens up the online festival Rainbows End ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ. This multi-sensory art manifestation is exploring the boundaries of reality, intimacy and play, with a diverse range of activities. Thanks to talk shows, screenings, performances, workshops, and an online art exhibition, you will be immersed in new realities.

During this 11-day programme, we will be hacking sex toys, discussing the importance of safe digital spaces, and the impact of complex politics and histories of technology, as well as many other topics. It promises to cultivate mind-expanding conversations with new people. Letโ€™s get intimate!

The programme and exhibition are curated by Zaiba Jabbar, founder of HERVISIONS and Fabian van Sluijs of CCU.

For the available tickets to all RE events visit: https://ccu.stager.nl/rainbowsend/tickets

Rainbows End Weekend & Closing PROGRAMME

During the closing weekend of the Rainbows End online festival we are presenting several events & actities: CCU will be signing the Utrecht Pact of Diversity & Inclusion, there is a Popup Store & Gallery,

We are hosting CCU x Bartalk #22: Digital Kinship and we're closing the weekend with an audiovisual pastpresentfuturespiral by storyteller Cy Xโ€ฆ

Pop-Up Store and Gallery in the heart of Utrecht

Yes! This is your chance to visit a physical Rainbows End ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ. On 30th of April, 1st & 2nd of May we are hosting a Pop-Up Store & Gallery in the heart of Utrecht. At the Pop-Up Store, you will be able to buy Rainbows End merchandise like posters and face masks (designed by our lovely @pleunpleunpleun), and admire a fine selection of Rainbows End artworks.

In the former Broese store, our partner artutrecht.com is hosting a temporary art gallery. Here, you can find the works of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Rosa Menkman, Legacy Russell, Lisa Mantel, MengXuan Sun, Winnie Soon, Adham Faramawy, and Carla Gannis. To visit the Pop-Up Store & Gallery, all you have to do is reserve a timeslot on one of the days (link in bio). Be quick, because thereโ€™s limited spots!

โค๏ธ WHAT: Rainbows End Pop-Up Store & Gallery
๐Ÿงก WHERE: Stadhuisbrug 5, Utrecht
๐Ÿ’› PRICE: Free
๐Ÿ’š TICKETS: 30 April / 1 May / 2 May

For the Pop-Up, we will be following the regulations applicable by the RIVM to make it a safe experience for our crew and visitors.

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BARTALK #22: Digital Kinship

As the pandemic rages on, more communities have moved online to sustain themselves. With this shift comes the difficulties of internet architecture: algorithmic filtering, shadowbanning, internet mob mentality. Despite this, communities continue to use online platforms to build, learn, and grow.

In this BARTALK, weโ€™re exploring how subcultures are built and/or sustained in virtual space. We'll be joined by Rae Major, Typhoon Angels, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Jamal Phoenix, and Yamuna Forzani. How are content creators using online platforms to create communities around sexuality, intimacy, and visibility? What can virtual space offer and what kinds of dynamics arise when a community moves online?

๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด:

๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ฟ is a researcher, zinester, educator, and mother of the Kiki House of Major based in The Hague, NL. Rae does community building for queer and trans communities of colour by programming events, making zines, giving workshops, and hosting kiki functions in the ballroom scene.

๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—”๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€ was told he would never be able to dance again after a big accident in 2011. He soon started voguing and became a part of the Dutch ballroom scene, starting the Kiki House of Angels in 2015 and ending up in The House of Prodigy in the major scene. He is now a well known commentator, travelling to balls all around Europe.

๐——๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ-๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† is an artist living and working in London. Danielle creates work that seeks to archive black trans experience using technology to imagine environments that center black trans bodies. Those living, those that have passed, and those that have been forgotten.

๐—๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜… is a French-Crรฉole FTM porn performer currently based in Berlin. One of the main reasons for him to start his career was the lack of Black FTM folks' representation in the Gay porn & Fetish industry. His work blurs the lines between sexuality, performing arts and kinky practices. Passionate dancer above all, it is clear for Jamal that his body is not only his primary work tool, but also a deep well of exploration.

๐—ฌ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ is an artist, designer, and queer activist. The outfits that she makes are created as a form of personal expression and are inspired by the ballroom scene, which she is also a part of. Yamunaโ€™s visual language plays with the body and sexuality, the psychedelic aesthetics of the 60s, the visual culture of social media, and kitsch. https://yamunaforzani.com/

Rae Major

Rae Major is a researcher, zinester, educator, and mother of the Kiki House of Major based in The Hague, NL. Rae does community building for queer and trans communities of colour by programming events, making zines, giving workshops, and hosting kiki functions in the ballroom scene.

Typhoon Angels

Typhoon Angels was told he would never be able to dance again after a big accident in 2011. He soon started voguing and became a part of the Dutch ballroom scene, starting the Kiki House of Angels in 2015 and ending up in The House of Prodigy in the major scene. He is now a well known commentator, travelling to balls all around Europe.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist living and working in London. Danielle creates work that seeks to archive black trans experience using technology to imagine environments that center black trans bodies. Those living, those that have passed, and those that have been forgotten.

Jamal Phoenix

Jamal Phoenix is a French-Crรฉole FTM porn performer currently based in Berlin. One of the main reasons for him to start his career was the lack of Black FTM folks' representation in the Gay porn & Fetish industry. His work blurs the lines between sexuality, performing arts and kinky practices. Passionate dancer above all, it is clear for Jamal that his body is not only his primary work tool, but also a deep well of exploration.

Yamuna Forzani

Yamuna Forzani is an artist, designer, and queer activist. The outfits that she makes are created as a form of personal expression and are inspired by the ballroom scene, which she is also a part of. Yamunaโ€™s visual language plays with the body and sexuality, the psychedelic aesthetics of the 60s, the visual culture of social media, and kitsch.

Lacuna by Cy X

Join us Sunday 2nd of May at 8PM CEST for the closing performance Lacuna by Cy X ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/kNyNXrhuf9Q

Lacuna is an audiovisual pastpresentfuturespiral capturing the diasporic memory of the here/there and the now/then through the question: how do we commune with sound as a way of moving through multiple timelines? The visuals are an intimate weaving of many threads, memories, and worlds of childhood and family memories, performances, music, incantations, and musings.

CY X

CY X is a storyteller and cyber witch merging sound, video art, performance, and sonic-based research. Their practice is grounded in the art of synthesis: truth generation and sound generation, which is used to create portals to explore new possibilities. Fusing art and technology with the practice of witchcraft, they frequently use spells, rituals, and alchemic practices to fundamentally alter the world around us. They work to reimagine what technology is and can be, reclaiming their indigenous and ancestral technologies and giving form to the many worlds they inhabit.

Signing D&I PACT Utrecht

To end the Rainbows End online festival, CCU will be signing the Utrecht Pact of Diversity & Inclusion. As part of this D&I-pact, we conclude an agreement with many other cultural institutions to make the cultural sector of Utrecht more diverse and inclusive.

During our ceremonial signing of the pact, co-founder and artistic director of CCU Fabian van Sluijs will be joined by Stefanie Weisters, task manager and policy advisor for Gemeente Utrecht, and Timothy Akinbile of PACT Utrecht. Together they will discuss equality, inclusion, and diversity in the cultural sector. In this session, we will zoom in on Utrecht and explore the way how the policy on diversity and inclusion has been shaped. What does PACT Utrecht mean, and what are you committing to as an organisation?

โค๏ธ WHEN: 2 May 15:30

๐Ÿงก WHERE: Online

๐Ÿ’› FREE TICKET: https://ccu.stager.nl/web/tickets/111067090

Stefanie Weijsters

Stefanie Weijsters is task manager for the Cultural Affairs department of the municipality of Utrecht. In her position, she is responsible for two of the pillars of Utrecht's cultural policy: stimulating creative capacity and an inclusive cultural sector. Before this, she worked as a senior programme advisor at the national cultural fund Fund for Cultural Participation and in the cultural sector.

Timothy Akinbile

Timothy โ€˜Voidโ€™ Akinbile is a business leader, artist, performance dancer, choreographer, and event organizer based in Rotterdam. With his dancing practice, he has traveled to many different countries and continents for workshops, lessons, and competitions. Currently, Timothy is working as project leader for PACT Utrecht.

Pop-Up Store & Gallery PROGRAMME

In the closing weekend (30 April, 1 & 2 May), you will be able to visit the Rainbows End Pop-Up Store and Gallery in person, to view a selection of the online exhibition in real life and purchase Rainbows End exclusive merchandise. In collaboration with Art Utrecht, this Pop-Up will open in the heart of Utrecht in former Broese. Here you will find the works of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Rosa Menkman, Legacy Russel, Lisa Mantel, Mengxuan Sun, Winnie Soon, Adham Faramawy, and Carla Gannis on display.

The programme and exhibition are curated by Zaiba Jabbar founder of HERVISIONS and Fabian van Sluijs of CCU, and presented in collaboration with Art Utrecht.

Pop-Up Store and Gallery in the heart of Utrecht

Yes! This is your chance to visit a physical Rainbows End ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ. On 30th of April, 1st & 2nd of May we are hosting a Pop-Up Store & Gallery in the heart of Utrecht. At the Pop-Up Store, you will be able to buy Rainbows End merchandise like posters and face masks (designed by our lovely @pleunpleunpleun), and admire a fine selection of Rainbows End artworks.

In the former Broese store, our partner artutrecht.com is hosting a temporary art gallery. Here, you can find the works of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Rosa Menkman, Legacy Russell, Lisa Mantel, MengXuan Sun, Winnie Soon, Adham Faramawy, and Carla Gannis. To visit the Pop-Up Store & Gallery, all you have to do is reserve a timeslot on one of the days (link in bio). Be quick, because thereโ€™s limited spots!

โค๏ธ WHAT: Rainbows End Pop-Up Store & Gallery
๐Ÿงก WHERE: Stadhuisbrug 5, Utrecht
๐Ÿ’› PRICE: Free
๐Ÿ’š TICKETS: 30 April / 1 May / 2 May

For the Pop-Up, we will be following the regulations applicable by the RIVM to make it a safe experience for our crew and visitors.

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Rainbows End Exhibition PROGRAMME

From April 22nd until 2nd of May Creative Coding Utrecht (CCU) opens up the online festival Rainbows End, an Art & Technology exhibition exploring the boundaries of reality, intimacy, and play. The exhibition is taking place 22nd of April until the 2nd of May. During this period, you will be able to visit our online exhibition space in Hubs, as well as many of the talk shows and events. Scroll down for more info about our sex tech activities, audio-visual performances and inspiring talk shows. Visit the hubs here!

Rainbows End ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ is curated by Zaiba Jabbar of Hervisions and Fabian van Sluijs.

For the available tickets to all RE events visit: https://ccu.stager.nl/rainbowsend/tickets

Virtual exhibition Rainbows End ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ in Mozilla Hubs

In the coming 11 days, you'll be able to visit our virtual exhibition Rainbows End ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ in Mozilla Hubs! Here, we'll be presenting great artists who explore the boundaries of reality, intimacy, and play by experimenting with many different forms of digital media. Click here to visit the hubs!

You can expect the works from Adham Faramawy, Ali Eslami & Mamali Shafahi, Carla Gannis, Colin Keays, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Irene 'Tokini' Fubara-Manuel, Isaac Kariuki & SL Comms, Jolie van Wijngaarden, Legacy Russell, Rosa Menkman, Sun MengXuan, and Winnie Soon.

Besides these artworks, we are also presenting a filter gallery with face filters from Anne Horel, Teresa Fogolari, Isabelle Udo, Cibelle Bastos, Anna Engelhardt, and Medina Bazargali! You can visit the hubs here.

Rainbows End Talks PROGRAMME

From the 22th of April until the 2nd of May 2021 we present a selection of lectures, talkshows and webinars, addressing central key subjects within our online festival Rainbows End ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ We proudly present: Lecture-Performance Georgina Voss, Talkshow Queer (Safe) Spaces, Shadow Index by Guenter Rรฅler, Talkshow Filtering The Filters, Screening Tabita Rezaire: Tainted Histories, Sex Tech Talkshow and BARTALK #22: Digital Kinship.

Check our full event calendar for available tickets: https://ccu.stager.nl/rainbowsend/tickets

Lecture-Performance Georgina Voss

Opening the Rainbows End Online Festival ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ is artist and writer Georgina Voss, with her performance-lecture โ€˜Bigger Than Beforeโ€™, inspired by the infamous Ever Given that got stuck in the Suez Canal.

A ship the size of a city gets stuck in a canal and has to be rescued by the moon; over 3000 miles away, a city which has been terraformed to host the largest port in Europe plays host to artists exploring virtual worlds with seemingly no horizon. Delivered through the dimensions of a laptop screen during a planetary-scale pandemic, โ€˜Bigger Than Beforeโ€™ is a performance lecture exploring how size, heft, and bulk, sits with technology, from infrastructural sublimes to the urge to scale.

https://meetup.creativecodingutrecht.nl/b/ann-jwg-r3o-n08/

Georgina Voss

Georgina Voss is an artist, writer, and educator. Her work explores the presence and politics of large-scale technologies, heavy industry, complex systems, through performance, multi-media installations, writing, and long-term research projects. She has shown work at TAC Eindhoven, Tate, Auto Italia South East, STUK, Brighton Digital Festival, and London Design Festival. Her writing has been published in venues including The Atlantic, The Guardian, Harvard Design Magazine, Science and Culture, and Journal of Homosexuality. Georgina is currently Reader in Systems and Deviance at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, where she is co-founder and lead of Supra Systems Studio.

Talkshow Queer (Safe) Spaces

As the closure of LGBTQ+ venues accelerates due to lockdowns, digitalisation and gentrification, itโ€™s time to reflect on the radical legacy of the gay bar and whatโ€™s next for queer space. But what challenges does this future of digital gatherings hold for the queer community? When communities depend on social media technologies, they become exposed to an uncontrolled and diseased side of digital networks and intimacy. What does it mean to be queer and women in the era of digital interactions?

During the talkshow Queer (Safe) Spaces research-artist Irene Cassarini and spatial designer Colin Keays get together to discuss how their work reflect on the experience of queer spaces. Moderator Vincent Wijlhuizenโ€™s history in theater will distill the speakersโ€™ experiences with online and offline (queer) spaces, down to the cultural and behavioral influences of what makes online/offline spaces safe.

Irene Cassarini (Guenter Rรฅler)

Irene Cassarini (Guenter Rรฅler) (b. 1995, she/they) is an Italian producer, DJ, sound designer and visual artist, now based in The Netherlands. Recently graduated from the master of Music Technology at HKU in Utrecht (NL), she is an independent researcher on internet culture, queer theories and digital art, taking a multidisciplinary approach in exploring the relationship between society, politics and artistic practices.

Colin Keays

Colin Keays (he/him) is a spatial designer based in Rotterdam. With a background in architecture, his practice takes a critical approach to understanding the built environment while deconstructing the social, cultural and political forces that shape it. Through this lens, the outcomes of his research manifest as full scale immersive installations, and more recently through the production of digital environments.

Shadow Index by Guenter Rรฅler

Together with Uncloud Festival, CCU presents the audiovisual performance Shadow Index by award-winning Guenter Rรฅler during online festival Rainbows End. Shadow Index is an audiovisual performance that aims at exploring and challenging given notions of gender, identity and self-representation through digital tools. Focusing on contemporary issues within online culture, the performance plays with the contrast between binarism of devices and machines, the fluidity of human features and the ever evolving process of self-discovery related to gender identity.

Born from the urgency to revolutionize and rethink online spaces to be more open and welcoming for non-normative identities, Shadow Index celebrates the dark and unpleasant sides of virtual interactions, intimacy and sense of โ€˜connectionโ€™, while highlighting the need to enhance the potential positive and democratic use that virtuality offers.

Through music and images the audience is guided through a post-digital narrative of modern techno-capitalist hysteria: of raw footages, world news, Instagram videos, YouTube trends and queer content, blended in am overwhelming colorful journey that culminates in the invitation to reflect and shape a new relationship to digital spaces, in the attemp of creating a โ€œwhole new worldโ€.

Irene Cassarini (Guenter Rรฅler)

Irene Cassarini (Guenter Rรฅler) (b. 1995, she/they) is an Italian producer, DJ, sound designer and visual artist, now based in The Netherlands. Recently graduated from the master of Music Technology at HKU in Utrecht (NL), she is an independent researcher on internet culture, queer theories and digital art, taking a multidisciplinary approach in exploring the relationship between society, politics and artistic practices.

Talkshow Filtering The Filters

Augmented Reality (AR) filters have taken off on social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram. Puking rainbows, getting dressed as a pirate, or making you look like a baby, many fun and silly filters have surfaced on the internet since the introduction of the AR face filter. Although sometimes harmless, many of these face filters also alter a personโ€™s appearance in such a way, they tend to lead to unattainable beauty standards.

Activist artists have taken the practice of AR face filters as a way to create playful, reality-altering filters to make you think about the politics and social impact of social media platforms. Because what values do social media and beauty algorithms promote when they delete and ban โ€˜ugly filtersโ€™ from their platforms? What does this say about the worlds we are permitted to create?

In the talkshow Filtering the Filter, we will be taking an overview of the different fields and practices of these artists.

Rosa Menkman

My work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media (such as glitch and encoding and feedback artifacts). I think the resulting artifacts of these accidents can facilitate an important insight into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardization via resolutions. The standardization of resolutions is a process that generally imposes efficiency, order and functionality on our technologies. It does not just involve the creation of protocols and solutions, but also entails the obfuscation of compromises and the black-boxing of alternative possibilities, which are as a result in danger of staying forever unseen or even forgotten. Through this research, which is both practice based and theoretical, I try to uncover these anti-utopic, lost and unseen or simply "too good to be implemented" resolutions -- to find new ways to understand, use and perceive through and with our technologies

Anna Engelhardt

Anna Engelhardt (b. Kostroma, Russia) is a media artist and researcher based in London. Her main interests are the (de)colonial politics of algorithmic and logistical infrastructures in post-Soviet space. Being concerned with the infrastructure as a form of politics, she develops her practice through writing and manufacturing digital infrastructures. Anna engages her background in critical theory to provide conceptual frameworks for her projects, conducting the investigations through the construction of virtual landscapes, materialised as online platforms and 3D computer graphics.

Screening Tabita Rezaire: Tainted Histories

How are structures of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, colonialism and the exploitation of natural resources (re)produced in online environments and technology? How can we practice care and healing in cyberspace?

On April 29, Creative Coding Utrecht and IMPAKT present the screening of Same Sex Biz and Sugar Walls Freedom by Tabita Rezaire. The video works guide us through cyberspace, showing how it forms a space of connection and healing as well as one of institutionalised exploitation and exclusion. In this event, we will discuss the complex politics and histories of technology in conversation with Camille Barton. As an interdisciplinary artist, educator and embodiment researcher, Camille uses afrofuturism to imagine creative interventions towards systemic change.

Guided by Rezaireโ€™s work, this event traces connections between technologies, bodies, communities and ecologies. We will discuss questions such as: How has the development of technology been marked by structures of exclusion and exploitation? How can we unlearn dominant binary, Western-centric and exclusionary ways of thinking about bodies, identities and technologies? How can cyberspace be used for education and healing?

Our featured guest speaker will be Camille Barton, the event itself will be hosted by Rosa Wevers.

Camille Barton

Camille Barton is the head of Ecologies of Transformation (2021 - 2023), a temporary masters programme at Sandberg Institute. In their work, Barton is invested in breaking down the mind body separation that is dominant in Western paradigms in order to create more space for flexible thinking, holistic healing and bridging across differences.

Sex Tech Talkshow

Technology is changing intimacy. As our reliance on technology to live, work and socialise grows, we are becoming increasingly comfortable with inviting it into the most intimate and personal moments of our lives.

Join us to hear hear our speakers explore the delicate linking of sex and technology with psychology, philosophy, design, culture, education, spirituality and the supernatural, in an attempt to evolve a conversation around what Sex Tech should or could be in the years to come.

This event is open to anyone and free for Hackathon ticket holders. Full speaker schedule will be announced soon!

BARTALK #22: Digital Kinship

As the pandemic rages on, more communities have moved online to sustain themselves. With this shift comes the difficulties of internet architecture: algorithmic filtering, shadowbanning, internet mob mentality. Despite this, communities continue to use online platforms to build, learn, and grow.

In this BARTALK, weโ€™re exploring how subcultures are built and/or sustained in virtual space. We'll be joined by Rae Major, Typhoon Angels, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Jamal Phoenix, and Yamuna Forzani. How are content creators using online platforms to create communities around sexuality, intimacy, and visibility? What can virtual space offer and what kinds of dynamics arise when a community moves online?

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๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ฟ is a researcher, zinester, educator, and mother of the Kiki House of Major based in The Hague, NL. Rae does community building for queer and trans communities of colour by programming events, making zines, giving workshops, and hosting kiki functions in the ballroom scene.

๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—”๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€ was told he would never be able to dance again after a big accident in 2011. He soon started voguing and became a part of the Dutch ballroom scene, starting the Kiki House of Angels in 2015 and ending up in The House of Prodigy in the major scene. He is now a well known commentator, travelling to balls all around Europe.

๐——๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ-๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† is an artist living and working in London. Danielle creates work that seeks to archive black trans experience using technology to imagine environments that center black trans bodies. Those living, those that have passed, and those that have been forgotten.

๐—๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜… is a French-Crรฉole FTM porn performer currently based in Berlin. One of the main reasons for him to start his career was the lack of Black FTM folks' representation in the Gay porn & Fetish industry. His work blurs the lines between sexuality, performing arts and kinky practices. Passionate dancer above all, it is clear for Jamal that his body is not only his primary work tool, but also a deep well of exploration.

๐—ฌ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ is an artist, designer, and queer activist. The outfits that she makes are created as a form of personal expression and are inspired by the ballroom scene, which she is also a part of. Yamunaโ€™s visual language plays with the body and sexuality, the psychedelic aesthetics of the 60s, the visual culture of social media, and kitsch. https://yamunaforzani.com/

Rae Major

Rae Major is a researcher, zinester, educator, and mother of the Kiki House of Major based in The Hague, NL. Rae does community building for queer and trans communities of colour by programming events, making zines, giving workshops, and hosting kiki functions in the ballroom scene.

Typhoon Angels

Typhoon Angels was told he would never be able to dance again after a big accident in 2011. He soon started voguing and became a part of the Dutch ballroom scene, starting the Kiki House of Angels in 2015 and ending up in The House of Prodigy in the major scene. He is now a well known commentator, travelling to balls all around Europe.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist living and working in London. Danielle creates work that seeks to archive black trans experience using technology to imagine environments that center black trans bodies. Those living, those that have passed, and those that have been forgotten.

Jamal Phoenix

Jamal Phoenix is a French-Crรฉole FTM porn performer currently based in Berlin. One of the main reasons for him to start his career was the lack of Black FTM folks' representation in the Gay porn & Fetish industry. His work blurs the lines between sexuality, performing arts and kinky practices. Passionate dancer above all, it is clear for Jamal that his body is not only his primary work tool, but also a deep well of exploration.

Yamuna Forzani

Yamuna Forzani is an artist, designer, and queer activist. The outfits that she makes are created as a form of personal expression and are inspired by the ballroom scene, which she is also a part of. Yamunaโ€™s visual language plays with the body and sexuality, the psychedelic aesthetics of the 60s, the visual culture of social media, and kitsch.

Sex Tech Activities PROGRAMME

Rainbows End Sex Tech Hackathon is a series of online events organised by Touchy-Feely Tech๏ปฟ in collaboration with Creative Coding Utrecht and Hervisions as part of the Rainbows End online festival. Through a programme of talks, workshops and a weekend-long Hackathon, we will explore technology's impact on sexuality and human behaviour by addressing the past, present, and future of the Sex Tech industry.

Sex Tech Workshop

In this experimental "Hack-a-long" led by Touchy-Feely Tech and Kinky Makers, you will get hands-on with soldering and electronics, learning how to take apart an existing vibrator with the aim of turning it into the device of your dreams! Specifically organised for beginners, we will guide you through the whole process from start to finish.

After a brief history of "Stimulation Devices" through the ages, we will learn how to โ€œtear downโ€ our chosen electronics to see what makes them unique on the inside. We will then design and prototype the look and feel of our dream devices using a kit of pre-ordered and re-purposed parts.

You can bring a cheap vibrator to tear down, and purchase all of the necessary tools and parts separately from a list we will provide. What you make is up to you and the limits of your imagination!

This workshop is open to everyone. If you are also interested in joining the Hackathon, this could be the perfect opportunity to boost your making skills ahead of the event.

Note! For this workshop, you will need to purchase a kit of tools and materials amounting to 20-30 euros. We are still working out the logistics, so if you are interested to join please register your interest and we will be in touch about how you can access the required tools and materials based on your location.

WHERE: Online

WHEN: 24 April 16:00 - 18:00 CEST

PRICE: Regular: โ‚ฌ20,- / Student discount: โ‚ฌ10,-

TICKETLINK: https://ccu.stager.nl/web/tickets/111062663

SITE: https://hack.touchyfeely.tech/

The Sex Tech Workshop is organised by Touchy-Feely Tech and Kinky Makers.

Sex Tech Hackathon

Technology is changing intimacy. As our reliance on technology to live, work and socialise grows, we are becoming increasingly comfortable with inviting it into the most intimate and personal moments of our lives. The Sex Tech industry is projected to be worth 52.7 billion dollars by 2026. As this market potential becomes impossible to ignore, people are ditching the taboo to accept both the importance of sexual health and its potential to reform the way we understand our health overall.

Despite this good news, it's still important to acknowledge the risks faced by any rising Tech Trends: Issues of security, privacy, and a one-size-fits-all design approach. These technological blind spots have the potential to lead us away from fairer technological futures, reinforcing harmful stereotypes and ignoring the wide spectrum of bodies, imaginations and human identities that we all have or are capable of having.

A ticket to the Hackathon also gives you access to two pre-events: An exclusive networking event and the Sex Tech Talk Show. You will also be entered into a raffle where you can potentially win a range of generously donated prizes!

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๐Ÿงก 1-2 May 10am - 6pm CEST

๐Ÿ’› Regular: โ‚ฌ40,-

๐Ÿ’š Student discount: โ‚ฌ20,-

๐Ÿ’™ https://hack.touchyfeely.tech/

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