VAL_TECCI_GAL shares a clip of a discussion Urban Dweller conducted at Maison Passages about food rituals associated with some of the most prominent religious holidays in Quebec.
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.
Throwback from Urban Dweller’s interview with Compton Chic about the documentary “”Mic Drop : Where the Ladies at in Hip Hop?””
A discussion conducted by Urban Dweller at Maison Passages with Philomena, a portuguese woman who’s been living in Canada for the last 51 years. She talks about Ascension Day, an important religious holiday In Portugal and for the portuguese community of Montreal.
It’s Urban Dweller birthday! She plays music and songs she likes. Also, she talks about the upcoming movie Stonewall she’d like to go see. The film is about the Stonewall riots of 1969, an important event in the history of gay rights in the United States”
A day filled with technical difficulties. Throwback to the first Urban Dweller segment (originally featured in January and re-edited). Gender dynamics in honeybee hives are paralleled with gender dynamics in the world of science. Evan Henry is a grad student and member of the ‘Bee Club’ at McGill’s MacDonald campus.
This week on XX Files, Cassie and Arielle talk about their experiences with technologies as women. After facing barriers and struggling with the impostor syndrome, they decided to co-organize a HTML and CSS workshop for beginners, which is specially geared towards making technologies more accessible to people with marginalized backgrounds.
Discussing Fanny’s project, Quintessence, launching the next day. She gives some insight on the project and Subversions: A Journal of Feminist Queries. They talk about technologies and the process of collective publishing, feminist community building and the theme of incantations that was chosen. A brief mention of Le Fridge in Rosemont, a project similar to the communal fridge seen in Berlin.
Urban Dweller discusses the Baltimore riots, the reactions to these riots and the Black Lives Matter movement. An interview with Alana Thain about Cinema Out Of The Box. She mentions how cinema is being seen in nontraditional contexts and that she started teaching a production class on no budget thanks to mobile technologies and her work. She explains the concept of Cinema Out of the Box and how it is different to many outdoor screenings in Montreal, since they are not mobile.
EARTH WEEK! April 22nd XX Files talks w/TML-P.A.R.E., coordinator of Awesome Shauna Janssen & takes a peek at all the immersive responsive architechno wildness going on there! Announcing the TML (Topological Media Lab) events and residency in the Black Box at Concordia. An interview with Shauna, who explains the goings on in the Black Box and the theme (place, architecture and responsive environments). She brings up the women coming in for residency and how this would impact the project, given that this is a male-dominated field.
A segment from last week’s interview with Ytasha Womack, followed by 25 Ways to Make Love to The Earth. Val and Urban Dweller praise the arrival of spring, give some details on the Fan Jam and update everyone on upcoming events and XX Files scheduling. Urban Dweller talks to her little brother about the ongoing murders of unarmed black people in the United States. He gives his perspective – as a young black male – on the crisis.
Val and Amanda present an interview by Fanny Dufresne (a student at the Simone De Beauvoir Institute) where Ytasha Womack (author of the book Afrofuturism) discusses and defines the ideas behind Afrofuturism. She says that Afrofuturism is a feminist space and explains how it is an alternative way of looking at the future. There is discussion of the invention of race, race as a technology, alternative futures, Afrofuturism’s relation to the past and the links between Afrofuturism and feminism.
Interview with Léa Jeanmougin, an artist who completed her residency at Studio XX, on her project Les Vainqueures. Les Vainqueures aims to create a series of virtual collectibles (cards) showcasing important historic women through a website and a smart phone application. Léa explains the process of creating this project and introduces us to some of the women featured in it. The interview is in French.
Interview by Maia Iotzova with Rina Fraticelli, the executive director of Women in View (womeninview.ca) and Anna Lupien from Réalisatrices Équitables (realisatrices-equitables.com) about the call to Government for Gender Equity Policy in the Canadian Media Industry.
Announcing the Art Matters : Impermanent Vacations launch at Studio XX and their take on censoring vacation photos. Continuing Urban Dweller’s segment on women in science (the last one focusing on MacDonald campus), in which they explore profiles on Rate My Professor and the difference between the reviews of male and female profs and scientific credibility as a woman. An interview with Bryan Wattie, a student at McGill, on how he dealt with assertive women.