The Present Is Not Enough

Performing Queer Histories and Futures

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. In 1969 a group of people from New York’s LGBTIQ community took a stand against constant police raids, thereby triggering a new liberation movement and initiating the fight for legal and social rights in the USA. 2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of the Institute for Sexual Research, which was founded by the German theoretician Magnus Hirschfeld. Starting from these two major historical events, HAU Hebbel am Ufer presents an interdisciplinary festival focusing on the notion of queer temporality. The festival analyzes both political and artistic histories as a basis for the outline of future scenarios as well as the active shaping of a queer present.

Which narratives are still missing when we address queer history/histories? With this festival, HAU offers a contribution to the politics of memory by presenting artistic positions from diverse countries which have been underrepresented in mainstream discourse until now.

The present is not enough – as long as people outside of cis and heteronormative structures are still arrested, persecuted and killed. 

Queerness can be understood as a vision for the future. The time to come will be determined by its people and their actions, which are already showing today the potential for a queer future.

With works by:

Sara Ahmed 
Travis Alabanza
Michał Borczuch
Maria Kulikovska
Mehdi-George Lahlou
Jota Mombaça
Carlos Motta
Moved by the Motion (Wu Tsang und boychild)
Mamela Nyamza
Karol Radziszewski
Jam Rostron
Mária Takács
u. a.


270 artists replied to the Open Call, handing in their “Manifestos for Queer Futures.” 

The spectrum of projects covered a wide range, from works with cultural and socio-political references, active examinations of the past, to visions of a possible future. The ideas selected are compelling in their uncompromising and serious manners of approaching these subjects as well as in their artistic originality and sharp perspective. 

The artistic team of HAU Hebbel am Ufer has selected the following works for the festival “The Present Is Not Enough”: 

Ania Nowak
Bráulio Bandeira, Nicky Miller, Stasys Zak
Candice Nembhard
Cointreau On Ice
Elisa Purfürst & Joni Barnard & Mmakgosi Kgabi
Ian Kaler
Isaiah Lopaz
Iury Trojaborg & Ming Poon
Jair Luna
Jeremy Wade
Johannes Müller & Philine Rinnert
Keith Zenga King
Kübra Varol
Mohamedali Ltaief
Neo Hülcker
Olympia Bukkakis & Isabel Gatzke
Parisa Madani
Pêdra Costa
Political Fatties ft. Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou 
Przemek Kaminski
Quilombo Allee 
Ricardo De Paula
Romily Alice Walden
Sanni Est
Simon*e Jaikiriuma Paetau
Tucké Royale & Hans Unstern & Orlando de Boeykens 

We would like to thank all the applicants for the time, effort and thoughts invested in the concepts submitted, and we are looking forward to the presentation of the selected works at HAU2 in June 2019 (dates to be announced).

„The Present Is Not Enough – Performing Queer Histories and Futures” is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.  

“Manifestos for Queer Futures”. Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.