We are Claudia Bochaca, Cécile Capelle, Maud Celestin, Samuel Doering, Laura Gillard and Luca Kunze, students at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and Bauhaus-University Weimar
Public spaces are dominated by (cis) men. Men and FLINTA (female, lesbian, inter-, non-binary, trans-, a-gender) don’t seem to have the same perspectives and uses of public spaces: a lot of men are used to meeting, sharing free time and stagnating in streets, cafés or parks whereas for FLINTA, we observe that they have more “practical” uses of them (such as watching for the children or going straight somewhere for example). In a way, men own public spaces with few to no fear whereas FLINTA borrow it, not always safely.
Therefore we would like to draw attention to and raise awareness of the (vulnerable) role of FLINTA identities in public spaces while empowering FLINTA and encouraging the development of possible strategies for emancipation.
Our project wants to tackle the concept of public spaces and try to involve new definitions of feminism. Our objective is to understand how FLINTA, as subaltern bodies, can reinvest public spaces in order to create a safe place and fully shared common spaces.
We decided to create a participative project by recording testimonies of people (regardless of their genders) about an experience of what they saw or what they felt in the public spaces, in order to create an urban audio walk, with all these voices.
How could a non-sexist city look like? How would it sound like?
The stakes of this project are:
Creating a collective experience in public spaces to make appear from the impersonal everyday life, a space of meeting, intimacy, which poses feminist questions.
Creating an event with as few barriers as possible, accessible to everybody that leads to discussions about feminism.
Trying to include the people living in the whereabouts of the places we want to perform in.
Multilingual access for people of different languages and cultures.