We are thrilled to collaborate with sound practitioner and educator Loma Doom (Femke Dekker) for Fem Fest this year. Known for her radio shows on on Stranded FM, Radio Tempo Nao Para and Echobox Radio, and her mesmerising DJ sets, we had an eye (and an ear) on her for a long time! She invited some of her favourite artists to open up your ears. Being there is best. But if you can’t, tune in to Radio WORM or Radio Echo live from wherever you are.
Cardboard Lamb & Sanneke Kleingeld
Cara Mayer is Cardboard Lamb. As a DJ, she cares about narrative radio – mixing ambient, experimental electronics, and various iterations of wave and folk with film clips, field recordings, and poetry along a chosen theme. "Recommended for fans of… discordant folk and narrative soundscapes, water flutes in the shape of a bird, sad DJs with a sense of humour, your upstairs neighbour who practices the saxophone each night at eight, on the dot."She will be playing side by side with Sanneke Kleingeld, who describes herself as follows:
Hummingbird songs in frosty mornings, church choirs and bells ringing, euphoric vocals, crying guitars, and swelling synths — that’s what Kleingeld’s dreams are made of. Brimming over with gloomy echoes and intricate percussion, her candle illuminated shows can induce anyone into a posthypnotic amnesia. DJ by day, didgeridoo by night, the empress of reverb plays with haunted airwaves embodied by her listeners’ breaths — all in a strange but fun parade, destination unknown, fragile, and uncertain sonic fields. Feeling uneasy or confused? Just relax, Kleingeld whispers, "I will count sheep for you, rest easy now. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven —give in… eight, nine, ten….”
Gavilán Rayna Russom
A visionary artist, composer, scholar, and curator based in New York City. Over the past two decades she has produced a complex body of works oriented towards providing alternatives to binary thought and fixed modes of categorization. Rayna is the founding director of Voluminous Arts, a cultural organization whose mission is to foreground, nurture, and advance the experimental artistic culture of transgender people and communities.
the octopussies – transmissions (im)possible
Two composer performers, Kristin Norderval (USA/NO) and Anne Wellmer (D/NL), together create a sonic biosphere which allows them to explore transmissions between physical states, imagination and improvisation. Kristin Norderval is based in Oslo and NYC. She was a vocalist in Pauline Oliveros’ free improvisation quintet The New Circle Five, and is currently a member of the New York based new music group Ensemble Pi. Anne Wellmer is a member of the Society for Nontrivial Pursuits in Berlin and is based in The Hague.
Kristin Norderval – voice & live electronics
Anne Wellmer – live electronics
Loma Doom, a true radio veteran and beacon of twisted and mesmerizing sounds. Whether you experience her musical activities or those relating to her contemporary arts practice, curiosity is a key aspect gracing Femke Dekker (real name).
As Loma Doom, her signature style revolves around electronic experimentalism, both for mind and movement, seeking the outliers, one that avoids linearity, towards a space where intuition and understanding meet. Actively incorporating styles predating the computer era, she sources from her fondness for freak folk, psychedelic and hardcore punk. This openness veered Femke into a category of respected deejays in the leftfield underground, having played influential spots such as Salon Des Amateurs, Meakusma and Dekmantel, amongst others. Using radio and archives as her main media, her current focus is on various notions of listening and how listening is actually a call to action.
[https://ghenwanoire.com/](https://ghenwanoire.com/ is a Beirut/Amsterdam-based performer and multimedia installation practitioner. She uses her body as a vocal and movement instrument to tap into utterances and gestures that are influenced by the social structure of Lebanon. She accompanies her performances and film-based installation works using analogue loops in an attempt to revisit different forms of reality, and get past them. She interprets the social and domestic tensions embedded within oral history, gossip, and nonverbal cues in her narrated performances accompanied by music.
She investigates the branch of linguistics that is concerned with semantic satiation: The effect by which daily expressions used are washed out, as they are repeated and tokenized in the Lebanese society, where she grew up. As a tutor of journalists on storytelling and visual communication, she offers her skills to de-legitimize mainstream media and break free from the oppressive politics of the region.
ABOUT FEM FEST 2024
Some traditions are worth holding on to. That is why WORM celebrates International Women’s Day with our annual festival around the 8th of March.
We celebrate to remember the years of struggle and fight for justice for women and LGBTQ+ people. There is still so much to improve today, and we are far from having equal rights: a UN press release disclosed that in 57 countries almost half of the women are denied autonomy over their own body. And all over the world LGBTQ+ people experience harassment on a daily basis.
This year, WORM focuses on one of the most powerful means of change: Sound . With an important role forradio and live music. Therefore, 2024 Fem Fest is all about Feminist Frequencies. Frequencies are oscillations and vibrations: like sound, radio waves, our voices. With this, we amplify voices that need to be heard.
MORE FEM FEST EVENTS
06.03.2024 Bimbos and Amazons: Film night
08.03.2024-10.03.2024 Radio Echo x Radio WORM present: Feminist Frequencies
09.03.2024 Sunflowers DJ workshop
09.03.2024 Flaming Frequencies