This week, XX Files discusses the Romances in Diaspora exhibition by Atelier Céladon, upcoming events, feminist art practices and more.
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.
Archives discussing graffiti on the Israel-Palestine wall, and political art versus fine art.
Discussion on various subjects, such as Hillary Clinton, the feud between Melissa Harris Perry and NBC and Sheila Chilliack and Kristin Li, current resident artists of Studio XX
Recap of this month’s episodes, about the Black History Month , sci-fi author Octavia Butler, XX Files twentieth anniversary, Beyoncé, rapper Kendrick Lamar
Interview with Amandine Gay, french afrofeminist, actress and filmmaker who wrote the preface of the french edition of the new edition of Bell Hooks’ book Ain’t I A Woman? She discusses of stereotypes about the black community and black women, feminism in France, especially black feminism and racism.
Discussion on Beyoncé and her new video Formation and the Gomeshi trial
Readings from Octavia’s Brood, an anthology of visionary science fiction and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists.
This week, XX Files is joined by the McGill African Student’s Society to discuss their annual Africa Development Convention.
Discussion with new collaborator Justin Doucet about gender parity and the book ”Femmes et Pouvoir”, written by Pascale Navarro. He also interviews the author about it.
Show about women on the music scene, particularly on the experimental and sonic arts scene. Showcase of Debra Petrovich and Alessandra Zerbinati works
Today’s show is about Beyoncé and her plan of making a movie about Sarah Baartman, a Black woman who was a circus attraction in Europe for her unusual physique in the 1800’s. Also, The netflix series Making A Murderer, a documentary about Steven Avery, a man condemned to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, released 18 years later only to get back in jail two years later for another crime he maybe hasn’t commited ”
Today’s subjects are Angela Davis, prisons in Quebec, police’s ethnic targeting tendencies.
Subject are Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq film, events that will take place in the upcoming weekend and weeks, Okra (also known as ladies’ fingers or gumbo).
Urban Dweller discusses the Israeli separation wall with Sarah Jamal, an international politics PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University whose research focuses on West Bank wall graffiti as a strategy for resistance and reclamation. An excerpt from VICE’s documentary series, “Palestine Vs. Israel – Against the Wall Part 1,” contextualizes the wall’s political history. Discussion covers the appropriation (and commodification) of the wall by international artists and the aestheticization of the wall from different Palestinian perspectives. Several Palestinian graffiti artists reclaim the narrative by drawing on the deep iconography, symbolism, and language of the region in their work.