Karada House is a queer collaborative art space that explores the boundaries 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.

The Karada 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.