Barkas & Addie
Barkas is a bondage educator, performance artist, and writer. He is a licensed Osada Ryu and Yukimura Ryu instructor, and his contributions to the bondage narrative include the development of Ranboo and the Interview Metaphor.
Originally from Vienna and now residing in Vancouver, he is the cofounder and caretaker of TheSpace2. In addition to ongoing teaching locally, he continues to travel, perform, and give workshops internationally; some highlights include Shibaricon (‘14 & ‘15 & ’16) in Chicago, Moscow Knot, Kannawa Kai in Tokyo, West Coast Bound in Vancouver, FIRE in Orlando, Bondage Expo Denver, Place des Cordes in Paris, and EURIX (’14 & ’18).
One of Barkas’ focuses is the implementation of philosophical, sociological, mathematical, and historical ideas to develop a deeper understanding of erotic rope bondage. This pursuit lead to the development of the Interview Metaphor – a mindset that prioritizes individuality, attention, and the interaction of the persons tying. As he often says, don’t tie people, tie with people. In 2016 Barkas collected these and other thoughts, and published them in “Archaeology of Personalities; A Linguistic Approach to Erotic Rope Bondage.”
Addie has been practicing rope for several years now. She enjoys tying, being tied, and self-tying, as well as performing and educating. Her teaching is informed by her professional background as a nurse, mixed with a wicked sense of humour and the goal of providing impactful, practical, and adaptable techniques and information for the wide variety of individuals who enjoy rope. Addie has spent the last three years teaching around the globe with her partner Barkas, providing information from and for the person being tied. Together, they opened and co-run TheSpace2 in Vancouver, a venue dedicated to the exploration of rope bondage and its contexts and expressions.