ABOUT US

Karada House is a queer collaborative art space that researches the boundaries, intersectionalities and politics of body, art and the multitude of interactions between them. Karada (体) is the Japanese word for body and translates in its literal form to “root of a person”. We respect, celebrate and explore the variety of gender and sexual expressions and identifications. Karada House is a body-positive open space based on collaboration, informed consent and respectful communication.

Covid-19 Regulations

  • All visitors and participants will be registered with their name, address, and email or phone number either when booking an event or at the door.
  • All visitors and participants must have proof of vaccination or bring proof of a test not older than 24 hours.
  • All visitors and participants must disinfect their hands upon entry. A disinfectant will be provided.
  • All visitors and participants must wear an FFP2 mask at all times. If necessary Karada House will provide masks.
  • Facilitators of Karada House events will keep their masks on at all times to ensure maximum safety for participants while teaching.
  • All appliances, surfaces, blankets, etc. will be disinfected on a regular basis and before and after every class. Blankets, towels, etc. will be washed after every use.
  • The number of participants is limited.
  • Any kinds of workshops/classes etc. will be held with a 1.5m distance between participants, the highest hygiene standards possible, and constant and proper ventilation.
  • We aim to make all workshops, classes, etc. accessible for single participants. For workshops that require a partner, you need to bring a person from your household, safe(r) Covid-19-bubble, etc. Working with someone else is something you need to decide on and do at your own risk.
  • During workshops, we will not switch partners. We will not facilitate any kind of partner search either.
  • There will be no kitchen service. Water will be provided. All glasses will be individually marked for the person drinking from them and will also be kept at a distance from each other.
  • We will provide multiple possibilities for disinfecting of hands, items, and surfaces before, during, and after classes.
  • We will constantly monitor the rules and regulations for Covid-19 and adjust our rules accordingly.

Philosophy of Karada House

Our philosophy is – just like us – in constant change and progress.

Body

We understand the body to be something that is more than a physical form or entity. For us the body has its own intelligence and meaning, its own transformative processes and influences. In our approach the body can be described as in connection with or the root of a person/self. No matter the approach to the body-mind-issue itself, we recognize that working with the body means moving the body and therefore moving the person, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. 

For this very reason we chose to name our project „Karada“ as this Japanese word not only means „physical body“ but can also be broken down into its singular Kanjis that represent our idea of body perfectly as they create the meaning of „root/basis of a person“. 

We understand all bodies to be inherently political, defining „political“ as the set of actions aimed at either maintaining or changing a given power relationship. We do not live or work in a bubble. Our existence is indivisibly linked to the current power structures that exist in the world we inhabit. These power structures mostly manifest as a difference in access to resources for different kinds of people. We therefore concentrate our attention mostly on the bodies and people that are not favored by the current system but policed, rendered invisible, undesired or even dangerous and whose demographic we are also a part of: LGBTQIA+, BiPOC, womên. 

Safe(r) Space

In addition to the word „Karada“ we chose to add the word „House“ as it represents another layer that is indispensable to us. Just like „Karada“ the word „House“ has a double meaning for us. It represents the physical space in time we inhabit and that we have endowed with very specific rules that are designed to help us constantly seek and evaluate states of consciously creating more safety for humans who do not have constant physical, mental and emotional safety available to them. The concept of a house as a safe(r) container also comes back to the idea of the body being a root of a person. Coming from that perspective we understand „House“ in its more metaphorical sense to be the root, the body, the space that has the potential to also create and hold a community of people. To create and nurture such a community is what we ultimately strive for, however we understand this to be a long term process that needs time to genuinely grow.

Karada House wishes to host people and bodies that are policed on a daily basis and offer them a space of peace and calm, of safety, equity and companionship. We have therefore created an anti-abuse-policy and are currently working on accountability processes that help to keep Karada House a stable, closed and safe(r) container for self-exploration and self-actualization through body work. Everybody entering the house – the hosts and facilitators included – will be held accountable. We do not strive to be punitive, policing or ousting people but we will take steps and measures to ensure the physical and psychological safety of ourselves and our guests. We occasionally do open the space to people who are not part of our main community (LBGTQIA+ & Womên) if they are respectful of the necessity, needs and boundaries of a queer safe(r) space and its marginalized community.

Respect

The basis of all of our work is respect in the sense of having due regard for people’s consent and boundaries, rights, feelings and wishes but also their expressions and experiences. In our understanding this kind of respect needs to be mutual and should start with understanding and inquiring the idea of respect in and for oneself. 

Respect means being aware of your own privileges in the form of gender, sexuality, language, wealth, housing, body size, mental health, neurodiversity, ability, education, skin colour, relationship constellations and citizenship and how they differ from other people’s privileges and therefore lived experiences.

Respect means rejecting racism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, breaches of consent, body shaming, ableism, classism in all its forms whether they are blatant or come in the form of microaggressions. We all have inherited and currently inhibit at least some of these -isms but for us respect for oneself and other humans means consistently working with oneself and others to be conscious of these biases so we can work on eradicating them. 

Respect is therefore based on radically but not brutally or self-harming/shaming/blaming work on self-awareness. We strive for and work on becoming more self-aware through body work and community work on all levels. Part of this self-awareness process is also recognizing one’s own boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others. Respect means cultivating informed consent and striving for enthusiastic consent.

Who we are

Caritia’s fascination with the root/the body stems from a longing to deeply ‘listen’ to (her) body holistically, from the inside out. Passionately (and patiently) empathetic and fantastically flawed, boundaries and self care are the guiding principles which keep this weaver of magik, casting spells. Discovering the pleasures in witnessing, sharing and space holding for others, supports deepening evolution in waves of learning. Imbued with an Aquarian nature to embrace change and striving to empower others, Caritia remains in lofty utopias around the desire to let go of that which does align with one’s highest good. (Earthly) Grounded in the languages of food, sensuality and body movement. Transformative states are acts of activism to Caritia. To create with/through/for the body is the greatest gift to this self identified BIPoC, soulfully spiritual, fluid energy in femme form, educator, coach, performer, safe(r) space curator and introverted mischief maker.

Mamana (they/them) is a non-binary queer person who is driven (and haunted) by being an unapologetic fire sign (Aries! Run for your lives!). They are an artist and academic working mostly with film, image, storytelling and the body. They see themselves as a constant student and derive their knowledge from many different sources. They are currently interested in how the body influences perception, witnessing rituals and transformative body processes that allow for trauma work.

René (genderfluid) is a visual artist with a primary interest in the exploration of human bodies – aesthetically and politically – and is constantly questioning the ideas of identity, gender, sexuality and taboo. René has a very calm and soothing aura and is mainly driven by intuition and sensations when it comes to bodily and human interaction. René sees the own vulnerabilities and insecurities as something that is very powerful and a great tool for growth and moving people.

The Karada House Rules:

1. Nurture our culture.

Karada House aims to be a safe(r) space for everyone, especially queer and marginalized people and bodies. Be respectful of people’s expressions, boundaries and space. Ask for and respect people’s pronouns.

Be a welcomed house guest. Be helpful, leave when the time is at an end. Check in with others when you have the capacity to do so.

2. Consent, consent, consent.

Karada House is built on the idea of enthusiastic consent. We recognize consent as an important means to build trust in a vulnerable community. No means no. Maybe means no. Yes means yes. Consent brings pleasure, so practice the art of asking and accepting:

Ask for permission. Ask for boundaries and needs of others. Greet a “no” with a thank you. Don’t forget: No one is entitled to anyone else’s time or energy.

3. Collaborate, articulate, appreciate.

Karada House is built on (artistic) collaboration & open and honest communication that includes constructive criticism but also enthusiastic appreciation. Feel free to collaborate with us and other guests on your ideas, works and development. Also help everyone evolve by speaking your mind and giving respectful and constructive criticism if it is necessary. Solve your conflicts. If mediation is needed, let us know.

And if you experience something/someone wonderful, don’t forget to show your appreciation (in a respectful way).

4. Sanctuary.

Karada House is a sanctuary for us and everyone walking through its doors. Respect all parts of the house and the people in it. Pay respects to your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others. No drugs, no alcohol or similar substances are allowed. Yours, other people’s & the space’s safety is always key. Only engage in safe(r) practices.

5. Leave no trace. Leave no trash.

We are aiming to be a sustainable space. Tidy up after yourself and take all your belongings (trash included) with you.

Anti-Abuse Policy

At Karada House we have set up an Anti-Abuse Policy that aims to be preventative and preemtive. Offering consideration to the inclusive diversity of our space. Not only does it interrupt typical patterns of misconduct before an incident happens.
It also allows us as the space holders to intervene and dissolve the misinterpretation of neurodiverse behaviour.

This policy is inspired by the Color Code of Conduct, invented by the owner of Homeroom restaurant in Oakland, USA. We adapted it for safe(r) spaces and share this with everyone who wants to use it for their space, too. 

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