Since TheSpace2 has closed, I had a lot of time reflecting on my presence in the rope world. As an interim result, I will only schedule very few appearances. My energy goes into working on my second book and into supporting communities that experience marginalization, hate, oppression. I am doing that locally where I can make a difference.
I am grateful for all the experiences that I was able to have over the last decade.
kinbaku. teacher.performer.researcher. author. differential.geometry.language. topology.deconstruction.absurdity. energy.respect.
In my teachings there is no place for the violation of consent, for hate, or any other kinds of disrespect to other human beings. This must be clear!
“When I tie, it’s past directed. It has nothing to do with the future and it has nothing to do with the presence. It is something, that shows me the past – of me as well as of my partner’s past. Tying is an interview for me. I ask questions. The questions I ask, with my rope, with different tensions, different distances, different exposures and so on and so forth, aim for answers in the past. The physicist in you (and in me, too!) now yells at me and says “No way! Even if the answers are built with symbols that have been learned, you get the answers now, ie in the presence!” Well, from the perspective of time as a coordinate, you are right. But I don’t experience a Kinbaku scene as a mathematical physicist. I rather see it as a pervert linguist and historian – one could say as an archeologist of personalities.” (Barkas 2016)