The In Other Wor(l)ds workshop took place at the f.a.q. Laden in Neukölln on February 19th on the occasion of Lad.i.y.fest Berlin. We played several Surrealist writing games in Sci-Fi settings with feminist-queer aspirations: Definitions (Question and Answer), Conditionals and two versions of Exquisite Corpse. In the first version, we collectively (de)constructed sentences like “The sexy robot slapped a strong community”, in the second we wrote short stories, based on our favourite Exquisite Corpse sentences.
The following mistress-pieces were written by Nina, Laura, Tanja, Dare, Sybille, Katha, Raoul, Cy, Tina, Audrey, Sabine, Skyler, Tea and another (for now) anonymous participant. The list of stories will expand as soon as we manage to decode our exquisite handwritings. Until then – enjoy the ones below …
Many thanks to Lad.i.y.fest organisers for hosting the workshop and the Slovenian Embassy in Berlin for donating the wine! (The Surrealists were right: “The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine!”)
Definitions (Question and Answer)
What is your idea of queer science fiction?
Biting the dog again and again.
What does a star look like?
Like the cow that went up the mountain.
Why is it cold?
Because the night belongs to the creatures.
Is there such a thing as luminous wonder?
Depends on the light.
Must there be light at the end of the tunnel?
Look, the teddy bear is acting like a cat!
What is the best place for a secret?
That would be just too complicated to answer.
Which pizza do you like? Peperoni?
No, the one with the book from last year.
When is it the time to fall in love?
I don’t care. Let’s just do it now.
Why are sad people so complicated?
Because blue robot ponies don’t have a sex.
Why did the Snowqueer slip on the pavement?
Because the stars are pink and there is a huge teddy bear jumping on the top of the mountain.
What’s your favourite way of making sure you’re really awake for class in the morning?
I look for a fly that flew millions of years ago in a tropic forest and got trapped in amber.
Where did you find this book?
That’s misleading the truth written in the book.
Why did you sell that pink car?
Because the nuns told me so.
How can you travel from London to Siberia?
Look for a white rabbit with your answer in her mouth.
What would you do if you noticed you peed in your pants after laughing too hard?
It’s quite simple: you would want to try to cover it with a large carpet.
If you walk into a queer party and you can’t find anyone who looks like you, then you can fit two green jellies inside your trifle spacesuit.
Follow the links to reach the stories based on the first three sentences.
An ambitious thought is swimming with the multiple cyborg.
A beautiful facility manager is insisting on a heart-breaking glass window.
A wild teddy bear cried over a deconstructed baby.
The yelling princess hurt an apple-shaped glitz business.
A stupid bicycle basket fell onto a terrible caterpillar.
The beautiful bowling ball is spitting a slow cigarette.
A blue ant sculpted the queeriest crocodiles!
An amazing power is playing with spicy gloves.
A rather curious box will devour an exhausted mirror.
The wonderful Amazons danced with a very used box.
The phenomenal train met a furious birthday cake.
The sexy robot slapped a strong community.
A precious cupboard secretly fell on Cinderella.