#CommunitiesSolidarischDenken – Thinking Communities in Solidarity

Pattern by www.colourlovers.com/lover/timanttimaarit

Supported by LADS (Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination of the Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination), our focus from 2020 onwards will lie on the question of how we can think communities in solidarity #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken.


You will soon find more details under the menu items Events and Projects.

What does #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken mean for us?

  •  Spaces: creating, exploring & sharing knowledge together, as marginalised communities; learning and unlearning from and with each other.


  • Cross-Community: challenging mechanisms of “divide & rule”, collectively and across communities.  Recognition & empowerment with and through our different and specific experiences.


  • Alliances: alliance policies and the development of common strategies to draw attention to both our different and common realities.


  • Intersectional: working in a multilayered and multidimensional way; emphasising and being mindful of gaps, invisibilities and erasures.


  • Continuities: from a historical perspective for action in solidarity and transnationality.


  • Sustainable: documenting and publishing our processes and results.

In Germany and internationally we see ourselves confronted with constantly growing right-wing populist and racist tendencies. For us, the continuous development of new perspectives, thinking spaces and possibilities for action is one way of dealing with this. It is important to us that different forms of discrimination and racism are explicitly named and that their historical and structural interdependencies are addressed and analysed. Implementing this work within intersectional alliances and solidarities is thus a central starting point.

We want to create spaces in which we can jointly produce, exchange and pass on knowledge. In this way we want to irritate and break through hegemonic discourses that have silenced, overwritten or erased marginalised perspectives on history, historical developments and current situations. The moments and strategies of coming together and (common) resistance in the context of conditions of oppression and marginalisation are significant for analysis and practice.

A further central component of the project is the investigation of the necessary preconditions for successful alliance policies and alliances. This means to first of all critically question certain mechanisms of representation and invisibilities: Which perspectives and narratives are perceived and which are concealed or overwritten? Where are the gaps and how can we name them? It is precisely these narratives that need to be traced, perceived and (re)centred.

For the design and implementation of the project we will closely work with different communities, in which we are partly located ourselves. At a very early stage of the conceptual design, we will work with the help of participative methods, in order to reflect the multiperspectivity and multidimensionality that such a project must entail.

For inquiries and contact: contact@xartsplitta.net


The year is coming to an end….

2019 was a very intense year for us. Many wonderful things took place (some impressions can be found here) and there were a number of structural changes. Among other things, we now have a great new board and our team has found a marvellous new colleague in Juliana Kolberg.

As many of you already know, unfortunately there was also bad news in 2019. After many years of funding, our funds were terminated as of February 2020. You can find more information here.

But: hope dies last and we still have a glimmer of hope. We will keep you updated.

Until then, we would like to thank everyone who made and still makes xart splitta what it is and are especially thankful for the many encouraging and supportive resonances we received in response to our statement. Without you xart splitta would not be what it is. Because of and with you it will possibly continue…

For now we wish everyone relaxing days and all the best for 2020!

Your xart splitta team and board


Declaration on the termination of funding for xart splitta

Dear supporters, dear communities, dear friends, dear visitors, dear everyone,

Unfortunately, we have to inform you that our long-term basic funding for 2020 has not been extended. This means that we will have to end our work in February 2020. We are speechless, sad and angry. With xart splitta another space closes that focuses on intersectional empowerment, decolonisation and the (re-)centring of marginalised perspectives and is lead and shaped by Black People and People of Colour.

What happened?

In the course of the numerous structural and staff connected changes that xart splitta underwent in 2019, a new board was recently elected and convened. For the first time since the association was founded, xart splitta had thus become a space in which BPoC alone shape anything connected to organisational and content matters.

During this period of these changes , several attempts were made to contact the foundation that provided our basic support or to obtain information about it. For reasons that were withheld from us, the foundation wanted to remain anonymous. In the summer of this year, xart splitta was asked to submit an application for further funding for the year 2020, by an old board member, who had direct contact to the funding agency. We did this. The application contained a detailed list of the projects planned for 2020. With regard to the content of this planning, we stayed true to to our fundamental approaches and objectives: the continuation of our educational task, offers focusing on intersectional empowerment , as well as the expansion of our network and our various cooperations.

We were not given any comprehensible reasons for the withdrawal of our long-standing funding. Unfortunately, we now join the current sudden closure of various intersectional civil society associations working in the fields of antidiscrimination and antiracism. In addition, we are might also lose our space; a space that is wheelchair accessible including the toilet and has always been open for the use of external affiliated groups . Our space was used annually by over twenty different political initiatives and organisations.

Despite and besides our shock and anger, we are also very grateful. Grateful for the large number of people who, in one way or another, have contributed to xart splitta becoming what it has become: a place where intersectionality and decolonisation are not only discussed theoretically, but also put into practice through and with the manifold perspectives that the employees and many other people have brought into it.

What’s on the agenda now:

At the moment we are trying to find other ways and means to keep xart splitta alive in the very short time we have until the end of the year. Since we don’t have anything concrete in our hands, we already wanted to inform you about our situation and the possible end of xart splitta in the very near future.

If you have concrete questions or suggestions, how we want to continue or what we are considering to do, please contact us (up to and including January 2020): contact@xartsplitta.net.

Keep your fingers crossed for us and send us any positive thoughts and support you can think of.

With much gratitude and hope,

xart splitta Team and the Executive Board


Support us

Dear all,

the work of xart splitta is based on cooperations with and the participation of a large number of individuals, groups, and organizations.

However, this work is based on financial resources as well. As a non-profit organisation we are also dependent on donations. So that we can continue our work as we have been doing so far, we are now making this call.

If you can support us financially (even very small amounts can be of help), please donate to:

xart splitta e.V.
IBAN: DE51 4306 0967 1143 0866 03
GLS Bank Bochum

or via PayPal at: contact@xartsplitta.net

We are happy to issue donation receipts. Simply write us a short email to: contact@xartsplitta.net

A big thank you from the xart splitta team!


German Sign Language Course 1 with Diana Spieß I Spring 2020

The course will be in German Sign Language. German info below:

**Sollten die Covid-19 Restriktionen bis nach dem 20. April bestehen bleiben, wird dieser Kurs online via Webcam stattfinden. Meldet euch also gerne an. Für nähere Infos sendet uns bitte eine Email an contact@xartsplitta.net**

Dienstags, 19:30h, 21. April – 20. Juni 2020

Auch in diesem Jahr, freuen wir uns einen DGS I Kurs mit Diana Spieß anbieten zu können. Der Kurs umfasst 10 Termine vom 21. April – 30. Juni 2020 (außer 23. Juni) und findet jede Woche dienstags von 19:30 – 21:00h in den Räumen von xart splitta statt. In dieser ersten Kursstufe lernen die Teilnehmenden grundlegende Kenntnisse zur Deutschen Gebärdensprache wie das Fingeralphabet, Vokabeln, Fragewörter, Zahlen und einfache Sätze. Außerdem werden die Teilnehmenden in drei wichtigen Grundtechniken der Deutschen Gebärdensprache eingeführt: die visuelle Wahrnehmung, die Mimik und die nonverbale sowie gestische Kommunikation.

Bei Interesse, Anmeldung und Fragen zu Teilnahmebedingungen, schreibt bitte bis zum 19. April 2020 eine Email an: contact@xartsplitta.net.

Zu Diana Spieß:


Diana Spieß wuchs in einer tauben und gebärdensprachnutzenden Familie als taub Geborene auf. Sie ist auf dem Gebiet der Gebärdensprache Muttersprachlerin. Von frühster Kindheit an bestand ihr Interesse an einem Austausch mit der hörenden Welt. Nach einer Ausbildung und der beruflichen Tätigkeit als Sozialpädagogische Assistentin, qualifizierte sie sich erfolgreich zur Gebärdensprachdozentin. Seit dem ist sie neben vielen anderen Sozialen- und Schulprojekten im Bereich der Gebärdensprachvermittlung sehr aktiv.

Homepage: www.lebendige-gebaerden.de