The reflection on discrimination-sensitive structures began in 2019 together with Schlachthaus Theater Berne. Both institutions have undertaken various further training and in-depth work in the years 2020 to 2022. The approaches, to «The 5Ps» or «5Ps+Z» (after Mark Terkessidis, complemented by Joshua Kwesi Aikins, Ivana Pilić and Rahel El-Maawi and Anisha Imhasly), aimed at three levels:
Establishing Safe(r) Spaces is one of the measures that Dampfzentrale takes in its program.A Safe(r) Space recognizes that an experience of discrimination, such as an experience of racism, is also an experience of violence. Safe(r) Spaces convey to people affected by racism that they do not have to explain that they experience various forms of violence in their everyday lives. You can find a definition of safe(r) spaces here.
Dampfzentrale has the desire to recognize the racist structures which are deeply rooted in society in our daily work, to break through the white perspective and to critically question ourselves as institutions. This process is never complete and we remain committed as a learning institution. In 2023, the team adopted a pledge to commit itself to discrimination-sensitive work and behavior. In addition, a Code of Conduct has been published, which will also give the audience of Dampfzentrale further opportunities to work together to establish a discrimination-sensitive place.