Sketchnotes: Erika Mann Exhibition in Monacensia in Hildebrandthaus in Munich

The Monacensia in Munich invited Bloggers to experience their Erika Mann exhibition. They are part of the pubic library in Munich and host the literary estate of the whole Mann familiy. We were introduced to the house, their archival work, the Erika Mann exhibition and a lyrically live performance. I was watch and listened and kept sketching away.

Introduction of the library: “Monacensia operates as literary memory for Munich”.

3 bloggers in the exhibition

My ink sketches and a view of the Erika Mann Exhibition.

sketchbook and view of Erika Mann exhibition
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Short Stories: Layers of naked (BuchLabs Series 2)

We took a one week break from our daily lifes and met at Waldschlösschen Academy near Göttingen to write a book with queer short stories. The framework for the book was set by Bram and Mio, the creators of the BuchLabs Series, a collaborative creative writing project for queer authors. Queer life is relevant. Let’s make a book out of it.

We worked layers of experiences into short stories. The stories touch LGBTQ topics and deal with neurodiversity, bigotry, passing, kinds of family, and the meaning of nakedness, illness and joy. I feel full of joy for my stories and elated at the coauthor’s stories that I saw come into existence and grow. I am happy about all the insights I got from them and the input I gave to them.

read excerpt of the book

‘Layers of naked’. BuchLabs Series. 104 Seiten, 12 x 19 cm. ISBN 978-94-93149-02-1. € 10.

Caroline Ausserer
Niu Borge
Jona Brink
né Fink
Anna Gulczyńska
Anna Heger
Karim Kehrwieder
Benjamin Löhmke
Wim Rooth

Workshop: Nonbinary Gender Label Biographies Bern

I will participate a the Trans Congress in Bern with a workshop. On Sunday, the 8th of September at 3pm I will facilitate a workshop on sharing our experiences with gender labels. Choosing labels is often not easy for trans people that are not binary trans.

Nonbinary Gender Label Biographies

Finding gender labels that fit and dealing with wrong gender labels is especially hard for nonbinary trans people. This workshop is for all people on the trans spectrum that are not (only) trans men and trans women. You may call yourself nonbinary or not.

The workshop will provide a space for each to talk about how our gender labels changed and provide the opportunity to listen to each other. Finding gender labels that fits is not straight forward, but there is happiness in being seen and understood. The workshop will be held in English and the gender labels may be in any language.

Overview over all workshops.

ComicChallenge : Walking home 100 miles

This is an entry for the DailyComicChallenge, that the comic maker Henna Hoplin started. The topic from the 11.4.2015 was WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW UNTIL… You don’t know stuff until you know it. How did it change how you think or act? Did it? How did it feel to suddenly realize and understand something new or from a totally different point of view?

The story takes play in a childrens camp. When I was 20 I was the arts and crafts teacher there.

Walking Home

 

 

MiniComic 8e : Exactly

This MiniComic is the first one on safer sex. This one is about the necessity and difficulty of talking about sexual preferences. When I translated it into German I changed some of the text. I wanted both text and visuals to work. Visuals, words and transcription by Anna Heger, 2012-2013.

Transcription of the comic Exactly

  1. A head with curly hair. Their eyes cast downwards.
  2. A head with curly hair and naked shoulders. Their eyes cast downwards: There are ways, in which I do not want to be touched… …right now.
  3. A head with straight hair and closed eyes: It is not because I am not interested, but…
  4. Only part of their body, the arm, waist and breasts are visible.
  5. A hand firmly grabs a naked shoulder: …I would need to explain…
  6. The chin and a naked torso are visible: …exactly how I want to be touched…
  7. Just an elbow in front of black sheets: …and I am not ready yet to talk.

MiniComic 5 : Laboratory ventillation

The English translation of this comic can be found underneath the comic. Trigger warning: the comics deals with the suicide of a person.

Laboratory ventillation
MiniComic 5

[Triggerwarning, the minicomic deals with suizide.]

1) Somebodies hand gripping the end of plastic tubing.

2) On a computer screen and email is open: Lunch?

3) A colleagues stands in the office door telling me to: Hurry up, come to the lab!

4) There is still the mark-up on the laboratory floor.

5) Somebodies hand gripping the end of plastic tubing.

6) Gas bubbling inside a laboratory set-up.

7) Another hand closing the valve of the gas container.

8) Me in my office again, sitting shocked on our couch: I had grabbed the tube from his hand and threw it far away. In the set-up the gas was still bubbling and I closed the valve. I already understood that First Aid wouldn’t be able to help. It was obviously too late.

9) View of the empty floor in the laboratory: We helped the technical expert from the police with all kinds of measurements. The ventilation in the lab is extraordinarily good, nothing would have happened in case of an accident. In the following weeks, we did not work, but talked and made up theories.

10) The hand stopped gripping the tubing and fell open.

visuals & text & transcription : AnnaHeger 2011-2013

MiniComic 4 : Fresh spinach

The English translation of this comic can be found underneath the comic. Somebody told me this story and asked me to make a comic from it.

#1 Fresh spinach

#2+3 Daddy, Daaaaddy, Daaad, I want chocolate chip cookies! / Daddy, is that a man or a woman. / Great!

#4 Come on the cookies are over there.

#7 What is that? / What?

#8+9 That? / Oh right, this is spinach.

#10 It does not look like spinach, well I only know it frozen.

#11 But it looks like smallish mangold. / Fresh spinach!

visuals & text: Anna Heger, 2010

MiniComic 2 : In the next village

The English translation of this comic can be found underneath the comic. This comics deals with friendship dynamics of two different friendships that I combined. Pronouns are not used at all. Instead little symbols in the form of t-shirts are used: [o] and [w] are used in the translation.

English translation

#1 In the next village.

#2 [o] (I) only need 20 minutes or maybe half an hour to walk to the next village.

#3 (sign: next village) When [o] was in fourth grade [w] lived there.

#5 [w]’s village is on the other side of the river.

#6 It seems as if [o] could see [w] standing there now.

#7+8 [o] would scream something, but not be able to understand ‘s reply.

#9 When [o] met [w] years later, [o] did not think of the next village right away, but noticed a mixture of closeness and competition between us. We do not understand each other, but [w] talks the way everybody did when [o] was a kid.

visuals & text : AnnaHeger 2010

Genderneutral Pronouns

Here an overview of genderneutral pronouns in English, you can find a description of German gender neutral pronouns on the Pronouns Page.

Each alternative is tested with the following example sentence: “The reader comments the post. He himself leaves a link to his blog”.

Invented Pronouns

“The reader comments the post. Zie hirself leaves a link to hir blog.”

“The reader comments the post. Per perself leaves a link to per blog.”

Using the singular they

“The reader comments the post. They themselves leaves a link to their blog.”

Existing Slang Words

“The reader comments the post. Yo leaves a link.” Grammar Girl

Übersichtsseite “A General & Specific Discussion of Gender-Neutral Alternatives to Gendered Pronouns, Including Answers to Frequently Asked Questions” GENDER-NEUTRAL PRONOUN FAQ

Workshop: Challenging relationships

Sunday, 11.4.09, Jacky and me will give a Workshop in Vienna at Autonom-Feministischen Frauen-Lesben-Treffen. Here a short summary:

Challenging relationships

Which concepts, promises, beliefs and images are associated with a non-monogamous lifestyle? What role do these images play in my relationship practice and how do they affect relationship dynamics?

This workshop is for women who are in one, none or many relationships and who wish to challenge relationship norms with us.