[NetBehaviour] Rojava campaign powered by female:pressure

marc garrett marc.garrett2 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 17:03:18 CEST 2016

Much thanks,

Great stuff - will listen to & share ;-)


On 11 April 2016 at 14:07, helen varley jamieson <
helen at creative-catalyst.com> wrote:

> congratulations, antye! :)
> On 7/04/16 4:28 17PM, AGF poemproducer wrote:
> dear list, rmember the call for Rojava … here the results….
> fyi
> agee
> IN 2015 the International network female:pressure (1700 members, 65
> countries) launched an online music, awareness & solidarity campaign with
> the women fighters & the Rojava revolution via multiple media outlets.
> Please visit these pages to see the wide spread impact:
> female:pressure project page
> http://www.femalepressure.net/rojava.html
> Soundcloud - 30 000 listens (April 2016)
> https://soundcloud.com/femalepressure/sets/rojava-female-pressure
> Bandcamp / Donations - approx 600 €  (April 2016)
> https://femalepressure.bandcamp.com/album/music-awareness-solidarity-w-rojava-revolution
> List of press results
> https://femalepressure.wordpress.com/press-review/
> CTM Festival Berlin Panel 150 participants, streaming 200€ donation to
> Rojava women
> http://www.femalepressure.net/rojava.html
> Best album FACT MAG 2016
> http://www.factmag.com/2016/03/25/best-albums-first-quarter-report-2016/
> Remarkable review in one of the biggest music magazines
> http://www.factmag.com/2016/03/10/best-bandcamp-releases/2/
> Extensive social media out reach through facebook, twitter, tumblr and
> other.
> The concrete impact has been in raising awareness in the Western world -
> where talk, work has activated intercultural interest, communication,
> support and solidarity, responsibility and understanding. For example:
> - 10000s of women artists were reached worldwide via social media and
> email lists
> - 40 music compositions and artworks were created and contributed which
> have been listened to min. 30 000 times on
> <https://soundcloud.com/femalepressure/sets/rojava-female-pressure>
> https://soundcloud.com/femalepressure/sets/rojava-female-pressure
> - CTM Festival Berlin hosted a panel with female:pressure on Rojava, where
> we invited Kurdish women activists and artists, with over 150 attendees and
> online streaming of the event, entrance donations (of over 200 Euro) were
> donated directly to Rojava's women support groups.
> - 10+ radio shows were produced on the subject matter, with music and
> interviews
> - 20+ articles were published (e.g. The Quietus, FACT) still ongoing
> - Bandcamp compilation was installed which guarantees an ongoing direct
> donation system to support women in Rojava and the war zone for a safe
> village, revenue so far over 600 Euro / ongoing
> The project has shown that solidarity can be achived through art and music
> and that a real connection can be established for intercultural exchange
> and understanding and common solution projects.
> The campaign primarily aims at raising awareness around the resistance
> movement currently taking place in the cantons of #Rojava (located in
> northern Syria), where women participate on all levels of decision making
> and building a new society from scratch, with built-in social, racial and
> ethnic justice, religious freedom, ecological principles and gender
> equality. Despite vast cultural and historical differences between Europe
> and Kurdistan, the campaign uses art & music to bridge these and build
> long-lasting real-life connections based on dialogue and respect, involving
> as many Kurdish musicians and activists as possible (still ongoing).
> female:pressure raise awareness for the women of Rojava, their struggle,
> ideas and implementations on the ground including famously defeating areas
> captured by the Islamic State. Mass media have been silent and struggle to
> report on the Kurdish region and the complex issues, due to the danger it
> holds through IS, war, airstrikes by Russia, USA and allies and the Turkish
> war on Kurds. As the PKK is officially named as a terrorist organisation
> (e.g. by USA & the EU), many global and European news platforms do not
> report at all or if so, with a large bias in favour of Turkey's current
> government. The campaign aims to activate a dialog, solidarity with women
> in war, investigate further into these complex issues and not to stay
> stagnant with inaction to the detriment of huge number of human rights
> violations in the area. The challenges addressed are huge: extremely
> complex global politics and economics, post-colonial challenges of war,
> systematic prejudice & inequality, corruption, terrorism, fundamentalism,
> the role of the women in society. Quote from "Women & The Gun": "Rojava is
> a chance for the whole world...[for] energy to continue our fight for a
> better life." Awareness is necessary to activate critical reflection and
> action, the female:pressure network can help activate this.
> The target group is the largly uninformed global public. All women and
> feminists are the target group to acknowledge the inspirational,
> revolutionary work undertaken by the women of Rojava and re-think their
> stance on feminism, equality and justice. By putting art and music in the
> centre-point of this campaign, we believe we can have a wide reach to a
> range of different people. We have already been successful with wide press
> coverage from online music publications, as well as a large audience
> including many young people who attended a panel event organised by
> female:pressure around this campaign at CTM Festival Berlin, in February
> 2016. female:pressure stands for an inclusive feminism which promotes
> dialogue and visibility for women. Since female:pressure is a large
> international network, the networking can achieve a world wide spreading of
> information.
> Challenges we encountered were that many women and men were concerned
> about the militarized content. female:pressure artists are against violence
> and war. However, discussions evolved through listening to the women in the
> war zones towards an understanding that pacifism is a choice for the
> privileged. Although peace and equality are ultimately desired, the women
> fighters are forced to fight as a matter of survival. Many women were
> impressed by the bravery of these women fighters. Overwhelmingly, women
> have come out in support of the inspiring vision to build a gender equal,
> multi-ethnic society from the bottom-up.
> White western academic feminism has been criticised in favour of building
> an equal world on the ground, and resisting a universalisation of white
> feminism's values particularly where complex historical, politico-economic,
> ethnic and religious issues are at stake.
> The recent attacks on civilians in Turkey claimed by the militant Kurdish
> organization TAK, and their alleged links to the PKK have added to this
> complex situation. We have continued to discuss with some members
> continuing their show of solidarity to the Rojava revolution (limited to
> their use of warfare for self-defense), and others sceptical of this
> potential connection.
> female: pressure works on a voluntary basis and no money was involved,
> except the income we generated through the CTM panel and the Bandcamp
> compilation which was completely donated to Rojava support funds.
> CTM Festival, Berlin, supported the project and helped creating a broad
> public.
> Many newspapers and radio stations have published the actions.
> Norient, a network for global sounds and media culture, invited us to
> contribute to their exhibition.
> The project holds a vision that we can build bridges out of privileged
> Western societies and work together on common goals, such as equality. It
> shows how people who live under very different conditions can co-exist and
> listen to each other. It is important that we collaborate and build real
> life connections. These events are unfolding by the day and demonstrate the
> fragility in the region which is war-torn and under severe threat. Women in
> the Syrian war face death, sexual abuse, extreme violence and sexual
> slavery. It has been said that these women build a new vision for the
> region but also for the whole world. female:pressure has contributed to
> make this struggle audible in the west. The project is extraordinary for
> the awareness it has raised so far, as well as the new connections between
> activists and artists in the Middle East and all over the world which have
> resulted.
> sound & curation
> AGF: @poemproducer
> www.poemproducer.com
> www.antyegreie.com
> https://soundcloud.com/agf-antye-greie
> https://agf-poemproducer.bandcamp.com/
> https://vimeo.com/channels/poemproducer/
> NEW ALBUM: Kon:3p>UTION to: e[VOL]ution: AGF solo album May 2016
> https://agf-poemproducer.bandcamp.com/album/kon-3p-ution-to-e-vol-ution
> MASHmix
> <https://www.mixcloud.com/poemproducer/greim-kon-king-and-queen-warriors-from-the-worldwide/>
> https://www.mixcloud.com/poemproducer/greim-kon-king-and-queen-warriors-from-the-worldwide/
> Music, Awareness & Solidarity with #Rojava powered by female:pressure
> http://www.femalepressure.net/rojava.html
> FIELD WORK (sonic wild{er}ness)
> http://fieldnotes.hybridmatters.net/posts/sonic-wild-code
> https://vimeo.com/channels/poemproducer/139911900
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