C7 Lorenzburg, Lagerström, Dahlstedt, Karlsson: Let’s have a Kiki

“A Kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves! We’re spilling tea and dishing just desserts one may deserve… And though the sun is rising few may choose to leave, so shade that lid and we’ll all bid Adieu to your ennui…”

– Scissor Sisters

During our “Kiki” four different presentations-as-play/entertainment were shared and documented as “traces” of the event. Kindly use the link to our google drive to enjoy the documentation in the form of video material, photos and other material:

Link to all the documentation: A Royal Kiki
Place: Gothenburg / online
Online feedback session time 17-19 GMT = 7-9 PM CET please use this Zoom link: https://lnu-se.zoom.us/j/69921672863

Presenters: Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt,Cecilia Lagerström,Katarina A Karlsson, Frei von Fräähsen zu Lorenzburg

Full video documentation – the sound isn’t great for the first few minutes but it gets better

Welcome to a Royal Kiki!

“Let’s have a Kiki – framing art-research as Pleasure, Playfulness and Hospitality when the plague roams the land.”

Inspired by the Nordic Summer University’s 2020 summer session’s theme of “Pleasure and Playfulness in Times of Crisis”, artists and scholars local to Gothenburg gather to present their work in this curated event. 

The gathering is modelled on a “Kiki” – historically an informal social gathering of members from the New York LGBTQ sub-culture called “Ball culture” – a safe space and playground for trying out social roles, gender expression and carnivalesque role-reversals. A Kiki typically consists of a number of people that gather to share gossip and drinks in a playful and extravagant way. 

Our “Kiki” aims to provide a heterotopic “Decameronean” space similar to, and inspired by, The Decameronby late medieval Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio.

As a local manifestation of a larger and dispersed on-going NSU summer session, we come together to present some aspect of our present artistic and/or scholarly work. All the presentations-as-play/entertainment will be documented and the “traces” of the event will be shared with the full NSU summer session.


  1. Welcome + opening session – H.S.H. Prince Frei & All
  2. ”Music (-) moves”– Katarina A Karlsson
  3. ”This story starts and ends with a bottle of rum”             
     – Cecilia Lagerström

  4. Suriashi as a space for absence for the exhausted Kiki-enthusiast – Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt
  5. ”The Royal Pastimes”– H.S.H. Prince Frei
A Royal Pastime – singing and clapping drinking game
Placing our letters in a bottle
Messages in a bottle! (We had to empty it first…)
The language of Mouches

Elizabethan song and interpretive movement