Thu 4 Apr '19 - Concert

Oramics

FOQL, Zosia Hołubowska and Albertina Ajmaq
19:30
WORM

Oramics

Oramics is a collective and a platform/booking agency founded a few years ago in Poland, to empower women, non-binary and queer people in the electronic music scene. Oramics are now also represented in the Netherlands, Austria and France, curating concerts, producing podcasts and organising workshops to further empower underrepresented groups. You may or may not know that the name derives from an invention by the British electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. The artists on this evening , all active Oramics members, represent the DIY spirit that characterized Daphne, in a time that was even harder for women to be acknowledged in the electronic music world.

FOQL: “It’ll Sound Different When There’s Bodies in the Room”

During her residency at the WORM Klangendum Studio, Justyna Banaszczyk aka FOQL created material that on this evening she will combine with sample material from classic works created in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.
There have been only a few female Polish composers that created works in this studio: Elżbieta Sikora and Magdalena Długosz.

“By this simple but powerful gesture I want to celebrate myself – woman who made it to the walls of experimental music studio, woman who made it into creating experimental music. I am the giver to myself and the namecaller. By this simple gesture I want to celebrate all woman pioneers.”

Zosia Hołubowska and Albertina Ajmaq –  Hex: Revenge

The performance is a ritual, employing singing, noise soundscape, and movement to cast a hex on perpetrators of sexual violence. It refers to other kinds of knowledge(s), coming from oral communities from Eastern Europe and indigenous peoples of Guatemala and is based on research and two different backgrounds of the collaborating artists. In Eastern, Europe magic was practiced through speaking, whispering, and singing. It was believed that voice had a power to directly affect the reality and casting a hex or a spell was one of the ways in which women could reclaim their agency. This is paired with indigenous knowledge of calling the spirit animals and elemental energies for protection, guidance and inner self-power together with sigil casting.
During the performance, the artists refer to BDSM aesthetics to juxtapose sex-and-body-positivity with sexual violence. Their aim is to in a way “de-sexualize” sexual violence and devoid it of its erotic connotations that perpetuate misconceptions about rape, that in their understanding is about violence and power, not about eroticism.

This particular performance is born from the personal experience of surviving sexual violence and frustration with other types of activism. It deals with the horror of facing the number of women killed in the most outrageous ways all over Latin America, specifically in Guatemala and Mexico where the statistics of femicide are very high. The performance seeks other ways to bring change and explores alliterative modes of knowledge and agency. Through this ritual, the artists want to carve space to discuss and express rage and vengeance as legitimate emotions and open up a space to rethink the politics of these.

More about FOQL:

Justyna Banaszczyk has released an impressive amount of music on different types of media, on labels such as New York Haunted, Always Human Tapes, Gooiland Elektro and Pointless Geometry. Her hypnotic and unconventional style stems from her industrial and dark roots, and thanks to her soft spot for experiments, heaviness and the most innovative corners of dance music, she avoids the obvious. FOQL recently released a new record on CGI Records (Atlanta), entitled “Dumpster Diving Know-How” – which proves Justyna is not afraid of sound waste leftovers, dirt and noise.

More about Hex: Revenge

Zosia Hołubowska is a non-binary sound artist, musician, and a music activist. They are a Ph.D. Fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and currently on a study and research visit at Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (NL). Holubowska is interested in queer as a methodology in artistic research based on sound, and feminist and post-colonial approaches to ethnomusicology. Their experimentations are oriented toward “queering” electronic and computer music and re-imagining archives. They explore archives of traditional Eastern European music, as well as traditions of magic, herbalism, and demonology and engage them in sound-scapes, performances, and installations. Hołubowska is also a founder and curator of Sounds Queer? – a flying queer synthesizer laboratory – that organizes electronic music workshops in Vienna (AT) and Brno (CZ).

Albertina Ajmaq is a dissident musician and soundscape artist, born in one of the most bloody years of civil war in Guatemala and grown up in a post-war society, the fact that marked her entire life.  At some point, she dropped out of the Conservatory, tired of the strict way of classical teaching. After this, she started playing drums in an anarcho-punk band. She emigrated to the Netherlands quite some years ago and this cultural shock produced a turmoil of emotions, creating a hybrid in between worlds. Working with a theremin and a drone box, she studies how to make sonic sigils to catalyze the pain, rage, frustration, anxiety, misanthropy and all the pandemonium of emotions that are engraved inside of her. After secluding herself from social contact, she described this (creative/destructive) process as Rituals of Suffering and a necessity liberating grief.

This particular performance is born from the personal experience of surviving sexual violence and frustration with other types of activism. It deals with the horror of facing the number of women killed in the most outrageous ways all over Latin America, specifically in Guatemala and Mexico where the statistics of femicide are very high. The performance seeks other ways to bring change and explores alliterative modes of knowledge and agency. Through this ritual, the artists want to carve space to discuss and express rage and vengeance as legitimate emotions and open up a space to rethink the politics of these.

The performance is featured with visuals, using red color, as a color of war and love magic. The intention is to create a very immersive and challenging experience. The artists state: ‘It’s really important for us to make femme, non-binary and trans people welcome and safe, giving them an opportunity to release their anger and rage. At the same time, we are not afraid to directly confront toxic-masculinity and evoke this persona, that is a vengeful and powerful daemon.’

 

for further reading about the Polish Radio Experimental Studio:

https://culture.pl/en/article/the-musical-milestones-of-the-polish-radio-experimental-studio

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elżbieta_Sikora

https://culture.pl/en/artist/magdalena-dlugosz