Bilingual interview with Erandy Vergara and Martine Frossard from Studio XX about the HTMlles festival. The theme is “Terms of Privacy.” They discussed surrounding themes including privacy, intimacy, surveillance and how these ideas are explored by feminists in cyberspace.
The ffiles (fka XX Files) is an intersectional feminist media collective grounded in community radio. Through innovative programming, the collective produces work that explores our current technological landscape in the broadest sense. Their work reflects an interest in themes that center around but are not limited to transmission practices, sound healing, electronic music discourse, noise, techno-feminisms, the voice, and much more.
The collective hosts a weekly radio show on CKUT 90.3 FM every Wednesday at 11:30 AM EST, as well as a monthly show on Montreal’s N10.AS. They also program and present live audio-visual performances, artist talks, pirate radio installations and DJ sets.
The ffiles is committed to validating and disseminating the voices and work of artists who face systemic barriers as a result of their race, sexuality, gender, lifestyle, class, ability. Through their programming, the collective seeks to create space for marginalized artists within the local scene, while mindfully trying to resist processes of tokenization and commodification in their efforts to participate in and contribute to anti-oppressive community networks.
Started by Deborah VanSlet and Kathy Kennedy, The ffiles first aired in 1996. In 1997, Valérie d. Walker joined the show that she will fuel for over 16 years along with co-hosts Anita Cotic, Bérengère Marin-Dubuard. In 2010, she welcomed Britt Wray. In 2011, the co-hosts Maia Iotzova and Maya Richman, and in 2014, Stéphanie Dufresne, aka Fanie de la Fresne, Amanda-É. Clément and Nnedimma Nnebe, aka The Urban Dweller.
Prerecorded interview with Kimura Byol about their residency at Studio XX during which they made the Korsokow film #6261 Montréal. Kimura discusses how they explore dysphoria, adoption, and displacement through art. They also explain their project #6261 Montréal, where Kimura created a interactive and non-linear film by exploring the number 6261 in Montréal and their conversations with strangers.
B_Please led a discussion about “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” joined by Jules the Ghoul and IRL Human. Their talk touched on cultural expectations of femininity, cancer support groups, and volunteer opportunities, as well as cancer research & its discourse.
Special guest Paloma Dawkins speaks about animation and game-making and her personal learning and practice.
This week’s XX Files features discussions upcoming events in Montreal, including HTMlles festival and the artists exploring self-image in it.
Amanda is on the show this week to talk about Pop Montreal and women-identified musicians involved with the festival.
A re-run of a Donna Haraway talk.
The XX Files chats with Malek of Sisters in Motion, a writing and poetry showcase by Black, Indigenous & Racialized Women and Femmes.
The XX Files discusses the burkini ban and the broader context of the policing of women’s bodies.
Discussions on the concept of utopia and how it relates to artist run centres.
An interview with Unicole, a ‘pop star cult leader and digital salvationist, or spiritual transhumanist’.
A re-run of an interview with Hera Chan on diasporic storytelling.
A re-run of Justin Doucet’s interview with Pascale Navarro.
This week’s XX Files interviews guests and organizers from the World Social Forum.