FIRST MILE activists

 FIRST MILE supports 20 LGBTI [LesbiansGaysBisexualsTrans*Intersex*] activists from various global change projects. We bring them together with highly influential leaders for an exchange around creating relevant impact and potential mentorship. A campaign is designed to create a worldwide movement of awareness for their work.

Who are we?

We are Tizia & Stuart from the Uhlala company working on projects which pursue equal opportunity for the LGBTI community in society. The company has been doing this for six years, driven by the vision of a diverse world in which you can live freely - without fear. Find out more about us and all our projects here: www.the-activists.com/about-us.

What is this campaign about?

There are many activists around the world doing amazing work, taking a stand for equality and acceptance. As they deserve an alliance we have created a new platform for you to show your care and support for their cause:
We are organizing a non-profit event called FIRST MILE on June, 11th to which we invited 20 LGBTI activists from all around the world to join us here in Berlin, Germany. We connect them with business leaders to exchange ideas, 
learn from one another and generate a new, diverse and strong network of change agents.

Beyond FIRST MILE, these activists will benefit from further support - each of them adds a unique value to the LGBTI community and society at large through their work - they all fight for human rights and have impressive personalities. 
To keep up their amazing work, they count on all of us to continue paying attention to 
their projects and to generate a solid financial base.

What can you do?

That’s the very reason why we have also created a crowd-funding Indiegogo campaign as a parallel stream. Be one of hundreds of people who show support by raising 20,000 Euros for the activists projects - 
aiming at 1,000€ for each participant. Contribute to this fund!

And here is yet another must-use opportunity to help spread the word: share your thoughts and 
make your network aware using the hashtag #IAmAnActivist.

It's about making a difference - no matter what role you’re in.


Support the FIRST MILE campaign on Indiegogo!



The Slanting Gaze

May 28th - 29th, 2015
Genoa, Italy

Full programme here.

Workshop and panel about Gender & Bodies with Roberta Orlando.



YCSRR Launches the 2015 IDAHOT Watchdog

In celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), 
the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) is excited to announce the launch of 
the 2015 edition of the IDAHOT Watchdog!

The theme of this year’s IDAHOT Watchdog is Freedom of Expression. Entirely youth authored, this edition includes articles, poems, artwork and photographs from LGBTQI young people from Asia, Europe, Central America and the Caribbean. The IDAHOT Watchdog is a forum where young people from around the world can share their experiences of being part of the LGBTQI community- both as a celebration and as a call to action against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. The voices of LGBTQI communities are often silenced and erased; the Watchdog is one small part of creating space for LGBTQI people to speak about their lives and experiences.

Read full publication here.

                                                                                   I like Italy but Italy doesn't like me, 2012

I like Italy but Italy doesn't like me and The Word of God take part in the 2015 IDAHOT Watchdog.

Image by Youth Coalition.



                                                                                                                          Equality, 2011

 Let's say it loud.



Tangled Thread

 Thanks everyone who took part in Tangled Thread and ExDress.

More documentation will come soon.



MPA-B 2015

May 1-31, 2015
Berlin, DE

Running from May 1-31, 2015THE ANTHOLOGY will present a diverse programme of performances, site-specific interventions, discussions, talks, workshops, screenings and a wealth of other experiments, by more than 300 artists, curators, organisers from around the world, at 13 venues across the city, and some 20 public spaces.

As a live compendium summarising and drawing attention to the work of independent performance art practices from Berlin and around the world, the MPA–B ANTHOLOGY wants to reflect upon how these non-institutionalised models and activities of cultural production and social engagement, respond critically to contemporary socio-economic conditions and traditional art market normatives.

The MPA–B ANTHOLOGY also wants to expose how through the formulation of new collaborative systems for the theorisation and making of performance art works, these alternative modes of participation may impact artistic practices, shape human experiences, interactions and personal narratives.

Even though this coming one might be the last edition of MPA-B in its present format, we look to the future optimistically, committed to focus even more on what makes performance art so compelling, and we will continue to share feelings of blissful uncertainty with anyone who is willing to take the risks involved in this journey. Under the auspices of the APAB e.V., the Association of Performance Art in Berlin, we are set to continue to collaborate, 
conspire and converse to promote and facilitate performance art in Berlin.

                                                           Tangled Thread, teaser, 2015

Tangled Thread will be presented at the MPA-B 2015 ANTHOLOGY.
In collaboration with ExDress, Adi Liraz & Sanija Kulenovic.


Tangled Thread

Tangled Thread
performance, 2015

                                                                   Tangled Thread, teaser, 2015

Borders, walls and lines as structures of division.
Separation and distance like defence and protection.
The research of a quiet moment when silent is not deafening.
In spite of every enclosure, there is a bond anyway. It's human. It's natural.
What we decide to face and what is hard to face in relationships of everyday life.
Memory is a dress that we always put on. And we all walk on parallel paths.
Despite all tangles, solutions can arrive with patience and time for
understanding how to unravel everything with more hands.



I AM - International Augmented Med

8 - 29 May 2015
Sala Dogana, Genoa, IT

The International Augmented Med (I AM) project is an international cooperation project involving fourteen partner organisations in seven countries around the Mediterranean Sea. It is funded by the 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The 14 partners exchange expertise, support each other with technical assistance and 
develop joint activities to provide innovative services to the tourism sector in each of their countries.  
By supporting this key sector, they will assist economic development in the region.
The Mediterranean area attracts about 30% of international arrivals and tourism receipts, 
but International competition is threatening its position as a leading destination. 
Innovation will help maintain and enhance the attractiveness of the Mediterranean destination.

The project will last three years from 2012 to 2015. It aims to bring together experts in two fields, IT/multimedia and heritage/tourism in a cross-sector cooperation system. Experts will cooperate to develop applications to enhance the visitors’ experience of natural and cultural heritage sites. It focuses on the use of Augmented Reality (AR)
multimedia and interactive techniques. Activities include training workshops
Augmented Reality festivals and pilot AR applications for one heritage site in each of 
the 7 participating countries to demonstrate the potential of these applications.

An exhibition is held in the Sala Dogana in Genoa, Italy, from 8-24 May, in the framework of the I AM project. 
The exhibition is organized by the DIRAAS department of the University of Genoa. 
It presents works by artists of different generations coming from the Mediterranean area, 
who work in the field of video installations and new media and which reflect on the relationship that art and 
new technologies may have with physical places, developing a multimedia dialogue.

LITS (Leave Immediately The Space) will be shown at I AM - International Augmented Med.
Italy - Egypt - Jordan - Lebanon - Palestine - Spain - Tunisia



TELEPHONE: An International Arts Experiment

TELEPHONE: An International Arts Experiment

20th April 2015
Satellite Collective
New York City, NY, USA / Worldwide

TELEPHONE works just like the children’s game of the same name. Also called Operator, Grapevine, Phonebook, Ear-To-Ear, TELEPHONE is simple. One person comes up with a message and whispers it to another person. 
That person whispers to the next person. As the whispered message travels through it the sequence of players, 
the message changes, it evolves, it surprises. 

In our game of TELEPHONE, we whispered the message from art form to art form. So the message could become poetry, then a painting, then music, then film, and so on. Each artist was only aware of the work of 
art that directly preceded her or his own. Each artist received a work and was told to translate the message into the language of his or her own art form. 

The other twist was that when an artist sent back their interpretive work, we then “whispered” it to two or three other artists. Instead of progressing in a single, straight line, our game of TELEPHONE branched out exponentially like 
a family tree. This interactive, online exhibition presents 315 original and interconnected works in 18 different art forms, created specifically for this experiment by artists from 159 cities in 42 countries. 
And it all originated with a single message. 

Find full statement and pictures here

Read full article about TELEPHONE and the exhibition on The New York Times.

Glad to take part in TELEPHONE.
Great work from Satellite Collective and everyone who has participated in years.

                                                                                                    Still from High Set, photography, 2012

“Oh God thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.“
— Breton Fisherman’s Prayer