ffiles radio

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.

The current team is composed of Julia DyckAmanda HarveyMiranda JonesSophy Merizzi and Sophie Marisol. To learn more about the history of the ffileslisten here.

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Archive

2000PRM30758O

Interview with Andra McCartney, a multimedia soundscape composer, part of the faculty of the Department of Communications at Concordia University where she teaches Sound and Media classes, speaking about her emphasis on listening.
Entrevue avec Andra McCartney, compositrice multimédia de paysages sonores, faisant partie de la Faculté du Département des Communications à l’Université Concordia, où elle enseigne le son et les médias, nous parle de son emphase sur l’écoute.

2000PRM30766O

HTMlles’ Mutate/Transmutate recordings, focusing on web artists at Maid in Cyberspace/HTMlles 2000, including interviews with Tiaa Johannson, Nancy Tobin, Jody Bielun, Deanne Achong and Andrea Cooper.
Enregistrements de l’événement Mutate/Transmutate aux HTMlles, présentant les artistes web présentées au festival HTMlles 2000/Maid in Cyberspace, incluant des entrevues avec Tiaa Johannson, Nancy Tobin, Jody Bielun, Deanne Achong et Andrea Cooper.

2000PRM30764O

Black History Month websites listing.
Listing sur les sites web traitant du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs.

1998PRM30767O

The “Millennium Bug”, Y2K fears & paranoia of computer failures that might come; telecomm, power, and finance and what might happen for Y2K software failures. Sound-bite from Discovery Channel’s “Catching The Millennium Bug” series.

1998PRM30770O

Guest Catherine McGovern, Programming coordinator at StudioXX, speaks about the Femmes Br@nchées edition on the Image+Nation film festival.

1998PRM30769O

Speaking about the Herstory of women in Computers, the ENIAC project, which was developed during WW2 to replace the computers which were actual women, who sat down and did the numerical calculations required to create ballistic calculation logs that were used out in the fields to bomb people. Introduction to Anita’s first show on the XX Files, her work, life and processes as a jane of all media-tricks.

1998PRM30771O

Interview with Danielle Racine, programming coordinator of the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media. Interview with Tanya Aaedo, digital performance artist making wearable interface-garments.

1997PRM00066C

Interview with Anushka Garcia, founder of Montreal Goddesses, supporting group for large sized women, this group is based on the National Association for Fat Acceptance (in the USA), Anushka describes founding the group and developing it.

1997PRM30863O

Dealing with the ice storm, electricity addictions and alternatives to it, how to make a clay-flower pot heater.

1996PRM30772O

Interview with Choeur Maha, explaining Maha’s foundation, as well as a feature on their CD release.

1996PRM00067C

Exerpt of May 25 show: 50 sec. (The show has 3 rotating hosts at present, but uses the same intro) – Taking Steps Piece by Kathy Kennedy. Side A) Fem Romance, Berlane, Kennedy. Side B) XX Files (Exerpt).

1996PRM00068C

One of the initial shows, this broadcast begins to define what the show is and what Studio XX is all about. Description of the basic computer-skill workshops offered at XX. Brief talk on the “FIDO blimp” in the sky. Guest Joya Balfour & her Techno Question of the week: Usenet vs Mailing lists: which is better & for what? Joya explains what UseNet is and what it’s used for & using newsgroups within UseNet. Explains what is a “lurker” in online groups, and what is an “online flame”, demystifies mailing list pros and cons and how to find and join them. Also, the XXFiles Web picks of the week: HIV/AIDS related web sites, AIDS conference in Vancouver, accessing abstracts of conference papers online. Plus, recording of Sherie Zurgnik “What is Studio XX for me?”.