Co-curated by Slava Mogutin together with the Instinct team, the 11th edition of Instinct, titled UNZUCHT_Against Nature, will happen on Sept. 8, 2022, at Village Berlin.
UNZUCHT is the combination of the syllable Un, which could be translated to not or against, and ZUCHT, which would be defined as and the act of breeding animals or cultivating plants. The word Zucht originally means teacher or educator. This meaning is partly still contained in today’s word züchtig (chaste, decent). Zucht is linguistically a larger statement of a socially-constructed natural order.
Unzucht defines an erratic growth.
UNZUCHT has been defined as sexual behavior against the religious or cultural norms, mainly between men and/or men and animals. This term is also understood as the broader statement of a natural order constructed by society. Historically, Unzucht was used as a derogatory term that places judgment on human sexual behaviors considered immoral or perverse to the heteronormative social norms.
UNZUCHT is a badge of honor, a rejection of classical heteronormative values. It is an act of independence towards expressing one’s mind, body, and sexuality. This term has a long history of being used against queer people to demean, degrade or even remove them from participating in society - and now it can be used to heal.
Mathieu & Leolo
Ted Young-Ing (Rohn)
Instinct is a non-profit project supported by Queer Matters e.V. and part of the we.are.village program
8 to 18 September 2022 at village.berlin.
kurfürstenstrasse 31/32, 10785 berlin, germany.