What we do
Hedoné aims to raise awareness about ethical hedonism and fight prejudices against pleasure on both individual and collective levels through exploration of theories and techniques on attaining emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual pleasure
Performances – Art Exhibitions – Charitable Events – Gatherings – Yearly Seminar
Hedoné L.A. 11/11
2017 was the year in which Hedoné crossed the Atlantic ocean. After Poland, part of our team embarked on an adventure and a mission: planting a Hedoné seed in the “New World.” L.A., the City of Angels, was the ground chosen for our initiation and celebration, which took place on the 11/11. In Numerology 11 is said to be a Master Number and to hold an angelic vibration that makes wishes and dreams manifest. 11 is also believed to be the number of spiritual awakening and signifies the rise of consciousness. On the 11th day of the 11th month this energy is amplified, making this day highly magical and auspicious. It was fuelled by this vibration that Hedoné shared its message of freedom, self expression, and happiness and reaffirmed the importance of spreading joy.
Hedoné @ Castello Festival 2017
Hedoné @ Garbicz Festival 2017
Hedoné corner and parade at Garbicz Festival, Poland. August 2nd-5th
Hedoné hosted a “corner”/art installation intended to be a safe place to relax, meet new and old Hedo friends, get or give a massage, body painting and festive makeup. On the 3rd of August, the Hedo parade took place, making the festival even more festive! On a sunny afternoon the Hedoné crew, all dressed in flowery outfits, marched through several dance floors, bringing the ravers the free, joyful and flamboyant spirit of our collective. The final destination of the procession was a polyamorous workshop facilitated by one of our members.
Hedoné Seminar 2017
24-25 June 2017, the first Hedoné Seminar took place.
The first day of the Seminar took place at Holzmarkt in Berlin. It was a day dedicated to education and to theoretical and practical exploration of different forms of pleasure. Talks on ethical hedonism and on female genital mutilation initiated and educated the participants. Apart from the talks, attendees chose 3 workshops from a selection including various forms of meditation and massage, dance, whipping, reiki, tantra practices, costume making and etc… Alongside, participants enjoyed art installations and exhibition, music performances, a cacao ceremony and delicious vegan food.
The second day was dedicated to putting theory into practice and took place at Debrznica Palace in Poland, just two hours drive from Berlin. In this magical location surrounded by nature, we celebrated together the simple pleasures of life. The theme and ambience of the celebration as well as strict dress-code was inspired by the poem “On the Nature of things” by Roman poet Lucretius, an ode to ethical hedonism. The gathering is a collective performance and protest against female genital mutilation under the motto: “Don’t cut the flower”
AHMED & ABI | AMA:RU | ANGARO | C-MORE | DJ TINGO | INDIIA | JON STARKS | MONOLINK | KOMET BERNHARD | MARACUJA | SUGARK | QUEST:IN:TIME
Day 1: Conferences and workshops
Day 2: Collective performance and celebration of life
Art Exhibition “From Pleasure to Happiness”
First Hedoné Art Exhibition took place at the Art Gallery 2OG, located in the Alte Münze from 16th to 23rd June, 2017.
In this exhibition, various artists presented pieces reflecting their interpretation of the pursuit of happiness by means of pleasures.
RUBÒ | AD ACKAR | ROGER ROSSELL | LORAND LAJOS | MIGUEL BARRERO | VICTOR LUQUE | DODI REIFENBERG | SANDRA MORAL | PETER LAY & CLEAR COAST | MIGUEL AZUAGA | NIR AVNER | FELIZ | ROUVEN MAGNUS STÖHR | IURI KOTHE | IDA – MARIE CORELL | MANU MENENDEZ | FORVITINN | CARIN SANZ | ABDELAZIZ | KEREN CHERRY | ANDREA GALAD | KATHARINA LOUISE MEYER | AMB|R*
Hedoné Demonstration “Don’t cut the flower”
Hedoné demonstration against Female Genital mutilation took place on 4th July, 2017 in the streets of Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Dressed in flowers, Hedoné members took over the streets of Berlin with the message “Don’t Cut the Flower” in a demonstration against Female Genital Mutilation.
29 April 2017, Hedoné invited guests to a cosmic journey for the third edition of the Hedobirthdayparty.
In this occasion we went back in time to the origins of Nature, to the moment of creation, to represent the energy that moves us on. The Universe is based on vibrations and harmonics. When electrons get excited, energy and light are released to the Space.
Vibrations and energy was shot into the Cosmos, as we played with the elements of space and become a celestial body united in a joyful dance.
Living Painting of “Dē Rērum Natūra”
3 days performance during the charity Exhibition “A Rose is a Rose” Berlin Art Week 2016 in Hospital Waldfriede.
Live Painting of De Rerum Natura was an artistic recreation of the epic poem “On the Nature of Things” by the Roman poet Lucretius, based on the philosophy of Epicureanism. The installation interpreted and loosely represented natural pleasures through an aesthetic, performative improvisation designed to engage and provoke senses of the observers.
On the weekend 16th to 18th of September in 2016, De Rerum Natura took place as part of the beneficiary art exhibition “A Rose is a Rose” at the Desert Flower Centre in the Waldfriede Hospital Berlin. This centre offers full treatment to the victims of genital mutilation, from reconstructive plastic surgery to psychological therapy. Curated by artist Dodi Reifenberg, “A Rose is a Rose” brought together 105 contemporary artists who agreed to donate at least 50 percent of their proceeds to the Desert Flower Center.
“Dē Rērum Natūra”
The hedonistic search for happiness continued on the spring of 2016 when DĒ RERŪM NATŪRA was hosted to honour natural pleasures and beauty in a communal way. The theme was influenced by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius and his poem DĒ RERŪM NATŪRA, which is founded in Epicurean philosophy. This time the invitation encouraged the participants to be an active part of the show by holding performances, installations and workshops that expressed the joy of living a simple life and sharing love. The engagement of the attendants and their contributions were an extraordinary aditition to the experience. In this cooperative, fun and loving environment live music, djs, video art, dancing, massage and games were savored for over 24hrs.
Charity Party “Bacchanal”
The first event of the Hedoné movement, Bacchanal, took place in April 2015 at the Rubò WG.
A triple birthday celebration was the motivation to bring together a selected group of friends to share happiness, gratitude and joy for life in a free and creative environment. The thematic was inspired by the Greco-Roman deity Bacchus, the god of the grape harvest, wine, fertility, theatre and ecstasy in ancient Greek and Roman mythology. The imagery of the myth inspired the participants, who adorned themselves in sensuous togas and wine-like plants. The spontaneous intervention of multidisciplinary artists during the event contributed to make it an ecstatic and memorable experience. From this episode Hedoné was born.