Theresa aka Bi Män describes themself as an audio-visual intervention artist who does post-female crossover. They work as a DJ*, organizer, author and presenter and they try to promote queer feminist issues in society through various artistic forms of intervention. Theresa is also part of the queer feminist DJ collective WUT, which develops awareness structures in the club culture. “I also do feminist politics in Munich, which is kind of neglected in administration or city bodies. Along with many others, I try to knock on the doors of city hall and say: Hello! Yes, we need a some more spaces for queer lifestyles.”
For Theresa, the pandemic initially meant a collapse of all financial resources: “My events and my bookings fell apart. Suddenly, I had no more income at all.” With support from the city of Munich, she was able to make ends meet and adapt to the new situation. “I started bringing queer feminist culture into the digital space. I've been live-streaming as a DJ and organizing cultural shows on specific topics, for example a discussion on the women's quota.” Theresa also worked as a presenter for the Munich Pride livestream. “The pandemic taught me to just wait and see. Not to try to stick to a concrete plan, but to go with the moment.”
Theresa was born in Munich. In 2010, they emigrated to Spain at the age of 19 and they were particularly inspired by the protest culture in Madrid. Their relationship with Munich is ambivalent and Theresa always catches herself underestimating the city. “I always come back here after trips, excursions or stays abroad and think that Munich actually does have a huge number of places that I haven't discovered yet and things that I then discover anew, where I think to myself: wow, that's super innovative – and that's Munich!” On the other hand, Theresa is annoyed by the bureaucratic red tape and the fact that public spaces can be constantly used by big car companies, for instance, but not by the independent scene developing a feminist play.
Theresa sees their queerness as a kind of creative space, a laboratory where they can try things out and utopias can be created, which may or may not be realized. “In this space, everything is possible and even more is probably impossible – I like this ambiguity.” They feel a strong connection with the local LGBTQIA+ community. What Theresa values most is getting to know the community across generations and learning from the experiences of older queer people, their actions, and interventions. For Theresa and their work, the community is a safe space where she can express herself without having to experience disparaging comments or any form of exclusion or discrimination. “The community is also a role model for me and my work that shows me how you can process awareness, but also for society as a whole.”