The Promise of Identity - Maps of Identification

25apr18:0019:30The Promise of Identity - Maps of IdentificationBarkasEvent OverVirtual Event18:00 - 19:30 FacilitatorBarkas (they/them)CategoryAbout Sexual Identity / Day 2


(Sunday) 18:00 - 19:30





Event Details

The landscape of different sexual identities is vast and more and more white spots on the maps are discovered, created, and surveyed.

Although it became easier to travel between different areas on that globe, one operation remains unthinkable: Not to identify with a certain sexuality seems as rare and problematic as being nationless.

In a sense, entering an area of a specific sexual identity demands from us the enunciation of a promise. To identify, after all, can be seen as an orientation in a certain direction or to submit to certain rules of that identity.

Is there a way to identify without a promise? How would that look like and ‘where’ would that be?

This is not necessarily a workshop but an exploration. After establishing a toolkit of the identity surveyor, we will go together on a journey to find out if there can be a land that does not require a promise of entrance. In other words, we will draw a map of sexual identities.

Program: After a brief introduction of ideas, Barkas takes a large, empty map and together we will draw a world map of sexual identities with the aim of abolishing borders. The aim is to facilitate a lively discussion at the intersection of queer phenomenology, politics, heterotopology, poetry, and geometry.


This event is part of the “About: Sexual Identities” Conference and can be purchased as a single ticket or be part of the day ticket or full conference ticket.


Event Details

Date & Time: April 25th, 6 -7.30 pm CET (Berlin time)

Format: exploratory workshop


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level:

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Class recording: Yes. The participants will not be recorded.


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Barkas (they/them)

Barkas (they/them) is a bondage educator, performance artist, and writer. Their main focus is the development of various forms of language outside and on the border of verbal communication. With an academic background in physics, mathematics, history, and philosophy, their exploration of possibilities within and around rope bondage includes embedding the practice of tying into a larger context and the deconstruction of those contexts. Their contribution to the bondage narrative includes the development of Ranboo - a highly dynamic way of tying, “The City of Kinbaku”- a pedagogical concept for teaching Kinbaku, and the interview metaphor - as explicated in their book “Archaeology of Personalities”. Aside from bondage, their research and work include studies about identity and sexuality in a broader sense. In October they co-organized the international conference “Queer Practices/Queer Embodiment”. Barkas is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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