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The Truth Will Set You Free,
But First It Will Piss You Off!
Gloria Steinem

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.

audre lorde

There is nothing like a gleam of humor to reassure you that a fellow human being is ticking inside a strange face

Eva Hoffman

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world
Anne Frank
Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It's the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one's fellow human beings.
                                                    Maya Angelou


Man are afraid that women will laugh at them

Women are afraid that men will kill them

Margaret Atwood

These pieces have stayed in my memory because they made me nervous... and they made me laugh, because they astounded me ... and they made me laugh because they gave me great pleasure ... and they made me laugh
Mónica Mayer
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Mae West
The greatest enemy of authority, therefore, is contempt, and the surest way to undermine it is laughter.
                              Hannah Arendt
The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react
Gloria Anzaldua
My solution is to play practical jokes on myself, to engineer mock-serious disruptions of my projected definitions to keep myself in touch with the distance between my projections and my internal sense
Martha Wilson

You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she’s not deadly. She’s beautiful and she’s laughing.
Hélène Cixous

It is so ridiculous to limit oneself to one version of the truth.

Simon Critchley

​It is in col­lec­tiv­i­ties that we find reser­voirs of hope and optimism.

Angela Y. Davis 

The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities
Gilles Deleuze

What we say and what we do ultimately comes back to us so let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands, and carry it with dignity and strength.

Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Do not think one has to be sad in order to be militant, even though the thing one is fighting is abominable.
Chela Sandoval

A work of art should be like a well-planned crime.

Charles Baudelaire

It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously
                         Oscar Wilde
We cannot have a meaningful revolution without humor. Every time we see the left or any group trying to move forward politically in a radical way, when they’re humorless, they fail.
bell hooks

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.

Judith Butler

Berenice Pahl


Berenice Pahl, born in the 1970th in Munich, studied acting, directing, fine arts and education in the arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Vienna. After several years as a freelance actress and director, she founded the artist community FREIGEHEGE in 2004 with Peter Hirsch. In 2017/18 she went with him and their kids to New York, where she pursued her artistic-scientific research on laughter and humor in the context of feminisms. She works as a writer, lecturer, curator, and artist with a focus on performance art and humor as tactics against intersectional discrimination in transdisciplinary fields


Berenice Pahl wurde in den1970er Jahren in München geboren, studierte Schauspiel, Regie, Bildende Kunst und Kunstpädagogik an der Akademie der bildenden Künste in Wien. Nach mehreren Jahren als freischaffende Schauspielerin und Regisseurin gründete sie 2004 mit Peter Hirsch die Künstlergemeinschaft FREIGEHEGE. 2017/18 ging sie mit ihm und ihren Kindern nach New York, wo sie ihre künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Forschung zu Lachen und Humor im Kontext von Feminismen fortsetzte. Sie arbeitet als Autorin, Lehrende, Kuratorin und Künstlerin mit einem Schwerpunkt von Performancekunst und Humor als Taktik gegen intersektionale Diskriminierungen in transdisziplinären Feldern

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