The Interview Metaphor III: Advanced Communication Techniques

15dec19:0022:00The Interview Metaphor III: Advanced Communication TechniquesLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent OverVirtual Event19:00 - 22:00 FacilitatorBarkas & AddieCategoryshibari


(Tuesday) 19:00 - 22:00





Event Details


The pursuit of ‘connective’ or ‘communicative’ rope is central to the experiences many of us seek in rope bondage. Despite this, connection and communication as concepts are slippery to define, tricky to exemplify, and often tautological in explanation. Connection is not created by a set of actions, by a particular pose, by close proximity or touch. It cannot be prescribed, nor
does it rely solely on instinct. Much like learning basic steps of dance before building to allow improvisation, there are techniques that help us to notice cues, interpret them more aptly,
respond constructively, and evaluate the impact of our actions.

In early 2016, Barkas laid out the first version of the Interview Metaphor, a structure which, among other things, allows those who tie to identify and handle the elements in a scene and
thus understand why certain actions might be more effective than others. This Metaphor formed the basis of Barkas’ book, Archeology of Personalities: A Linguistic Approach to Erotic Rope Bondage.

Since then, the Interview Metaphor has grown and gathered friends – the Archive, Reciprocity, the City, to name a few. Each of these concepts gives a fresh view into how scenes work, how
people interact, how power structures evolve, and what we make of/build with our efforts and intentions.

This workshop series approaches the Interview Metaphor and associated structures chronologically, starting with the Interview and adding complexity and layers of understanding
in the same order in which the concepts themselves were formalized and introduced, making this is a historical exploration of the evolution of rope theory as well as a practical application of
concepts. Demonstrations and exercises allow participants to practice and absorb concepts. As with all of Barkas’ and Addie’s classes, there is emphasis on the education and contribution of
both (all) parties in the scene.

Part III:

Advanced communication techniques. This final part deals with the less obvious corners of nonverbal communication and we will be looking at the interview from the perspective of music, architecture, and poetry.

Prerequisites: Part I&II recommended but not necessary.


Event Details

Date & Time:  December 15th, 2020, 7pm-10pm CET

Format: workshop (virtual)


Language: English, translation into German can be provided

Minimum Knowledge Level: you need to be able to tie solid single & double column ties

What to Bring:  if you want to work along you need ropes, safety gear, space, a partner

Solo or Partnered:  both (each participant needs a ticket)

Class recording: Yes. The recording will be made available after the live class for 14 days


What else to know

This event is part of a series of 3 classes. It is advised to visit all classes but also possible not to. Your choice entirely.

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Photo: Ryan Zyro


Barkas & Addie

Barkas and Addie are Vancouver-based rope educators who teach and perform world-wide. Their style is characterized by a focus on the process, interaction, and emotion of a rope scene. Together they run TheSpace2, Vancouver’s first dedicated rope space. Barkas is a bondage artist and writer. They have developed the “Interview Metaphor” as a way of understanding rope bondage and placing focus on the person in ropes, “Ranboo” which is a highly dynamic and stormy way of doing and thinking Kinbaku, as well as the “City of Kinbaku”, a poetics of Kinbaku. Addie is a switch and self-suspension enthusiast. She organizes regular workshops on dynamic self-suspension and versatile education both, for beginners and technically advanced. When co- teaching she focuses on bottoming information and discourse.

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