Welcome to the WASLER ARTS MAKE WAVES PODCAST which was launched in conjunction with the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2019 campaign and the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence 2019.

We aim to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and Gender-Based Violence,

to break the silence around these issues and to provide a platform for the audio pieces created by the women who participated in the Sound Art Workshops.

We want to include many voices and perspectives, from those who have experienced Domestic Violence to those working in the field of Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence, Equalities, Recovery and Wellness, Activism and the Arts and Health and Wellbeing. The podcast will also include work from Sound Artists whose work touches on themes of Gender, Feminism, Listening, Intersectionality, Community and Activism.

We also hope that the podcast will be a resource for other women in recovery or having experienced Domestic Abuse to find out about events and matters that might be of interest and of coping strategies and practices that might aid recovery.

EPISODE ONE: 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, #Orange The World Generation Equality Stands Against Rape /

When Women Speak I Hear.

This episode is an introduction to the podcast, to the WASLER ARTS group and our recent sound workshops. We'll hear the UN Women's Executive Directors speech for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape. And listen to poems from Mildred who participated in The Building Equality Book Project a collaboration between Edinburgh Women's Aid, Shakti and The Scottish Poetry Library and touch on themes of sound, speaking and listening.

Please go to our blog to read Mildred's poems 'Wanawake Wakiongea Naskiza' & 'When Women Speak I Hear' 

To find out more about the publication 'When Women Speak I Hear' An anthology of poems from nine brave women go to the Scottish Poetry Library Website:  https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/shop/favourites/when-women-speak-i-hear/ 

https://edinwomensaid.co.uk/

http://shaktiedinburgh.co.uk/

Domestic Abuse statistics quoted in this episode can be found at

https://www.gov.scot/publications/domestic-abuse-recorded-police-scotland-2017-18/pages/4/

and

Scottish Women's Aid research report 'Change, Justice, Fairness: "Why should we have to move to everywhere and everything because of him?"'

https://womensaid.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Change-Justice-Fairness.pdf

Many thanks to Jan Ferguson, Linda Rodgers, and the women at Works 4 Women project and the WASLER ARTS group.

Continuing with the themes of Sound, Voice and Listening which we touched upon In episode one we will hear the audio work of political geographer and sound artist Anja Kanngieser, 'Towards a Careful Listening'.

You can find out more about Anja Kanngieser and 'Towards A Careful Listening' on our blog page or through their website at https://anjakanngieser.com/

 

Minor Compositions

2012
Kanngieser, A 2013 Towards a careful listening in Nanopolitics Handbook. Edited by Manuela Zechner, Bue Rübner Hansen and Paolo Plot. London: Minor Compositions

 

Towards A Careful Listening.

At the time, it didn’t seem like something worth talking about. We were sitting together in a hangar-like room in a warehouse. It was blustery outside and cold inside. We were at a meeting of a new collective to organise an upcoming demonstration, launching a campaign with casual service workers. The chairs were set up in a ring, you could see the faces of everyone around you – some you knew, others were unfamiliar. Everyone was sizing each another up. One by one, people began to introduce themselves. One by one the voices echoed around our ears. Some of them were confident, full of pep and verve, words tumbling all over themselves with enthusiasm. Some stuttered into the air, pausing and racing, staccato, nervous. Others were drawn out and understated. Some filled the space while others seemed swallowed up by it. And then, suddenly, it stopped. One person said nothing at all. A pause. Waiting. Nothing. And in that moment the room reconfigured itself around the memory of our voices, and the silence.

Episode Three:

LIVING WITH DOMESTIC ABUSE AND COERCIVE CONTROL, ALEKSANDRA'S  STORY

Aleksandra was formerly supported by Women's Aid East Renfrewshire and  South Lanarkshire and bravely shares her experience of having lived with Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control in conversation with Karen Mackay, WASLER Refuge Support Worker. If you go to our blog you can read a written text of a presentation that Aleksandra gave for last years Public Protection Conference and 16 Days of Action.

If you or anyone you know is affected by Domestic Abuse you can find support through our support services page.

Thanks to Karen and Aleksandra.

In this episode we hear two poems from Jen who participated in the Building Equality Book Project with Edinburgh Women's Aid and Shakti Women's Aid in collaboration with The Scottish Poetry. The group met at the Scottish Poetry library to explore and write poetry with the help of special writing workshops with poets Jenny Lindsay and Nadine Aisha Jassat and printmaking workshops Leena Nammari. The work which was produced in the workshops was collated in a powerful publication 'When Women Speak I Hear...' and stands a testament to the resilience, strength and courage of the women involved. Jen and Mildred kindly agreed to share their poems on the podcast for 16 Days of Action to help raise awareness of Domestic Abuse.

Please go to our blog to read Jen's poems 'Aftermath' and 'Damage' from Women Speak I Hear...

To find out more about the publication 'When Women Speak I Hear' An anthology of poems from nine brave women go to the Scottish Poetry Library Website:  https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/shop/favourites/when-women-speak-i-hear/ 

https://edinwomensaid.co.uk/

http://shaktiedinburgh.co.uk/

Many thanks to Jan Ferguson, Linda Rodgers, and the women at Works 4 Women project.

Episode Five:

Dr Marsha Scott on The Speaking Out Project: Recalling Women's Aid in Scotland

In this episode we hear from Dr Marsha Scott the Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Women's Aid about the Speaking Out project.
Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland was a two-year project which sought to discover, record, and celebrate the history of Women’s Aid in Scotland. It ran from 2015-2017, and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
2016 marked 40 years since Scottish Women’s Aid was founded, bringing together a network of local Women’s Aid groups across Scotland. This ground-breaking movement brought about a big change in Scottish society by working to challenge and prevent domestic abuse.
To celebrate and mark this important anniversary, Scottish Women’s Aid, in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow University Centre for Gender History and Women’s History Scotland, was awarded money by the Heritage Lottery Fund to record and share the history of Women’s Aid in Scotland.

Episode Six:

pauline, breathing, coracão, alex - Audio Piece by Katherine MacBride 

In this episode we hear an audio piece from artist Katherine MacBride that centres around the composer, musician, educator and author Pauline Oliveros who developed the practice of Deep Listening. 

Find more of Katherine's work at:

katherinemacbride.tumblr.com

 

Katherine's audio piece was also broadcast on Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee at the Minimal Music Festival, Amsterdam, April 2019.

www.jajajaneeneenee.com/jn/shows/mini…sic-festival/

Also available as part of Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee podcast, episode F08 HOW TO BE GENEROUS.www.jajajaneeneenee.com/jn/podcast/

Above Image:
Pauline Oliveros with additional design by Lawton Hall, Wind Horse, 1990, text score

Episode Seven:

'I See You' poetry from Grace Brownlie

Grace shares her resilience and strength with her poem 'I See You' about having lived with Domestic Abuse. Grace participated in the Building Equality Book project, a collaboration between Edinburgh Women's Aid and Shakti Women's Aid and The Scottish Poetry library. You can find more of Grace's poems in the publication 'When Women Speak I Hear...' that we mention in episodes one and four, which included poems from Mildred and Jen  who also participated in this project

To read more of the poems from the Building Equality Book Project go to our blog where you will find Mildred and Jen's poems.

To find out more about the publication 'When Women Speak I Hear' An anthology of poems from nine brave women go to the Scottish Poetry Library Website:  https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/shop/favourites/when-women-speak-i-hear/

https://edinwomensaid.co.uk/
http://shaktiedinburgh.co.uk/

Above Image by Grace Brownlie, Title: Catharsis

Many thanks to Jan Ferguson, Linda Rodgers, and the women at Works 4 Women project.

And to watch the film made by women participating in the Building Equality Project, with Media Education, you can go to our blog page or follow the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z28ywLp1nrA

To find out about Building Equality:

https://womensaid.scot/project/building-equality/

Episode Eight:

Guided Mindfulness Meditation, with Vicky at The Wee Retreat

In this episode our focus is on Recovery and exploring practices that might be helpful in alleviating stress, tension, depression, anxiety.

Vicky Kakos, a Mindfulness Meditation Practitioner from The WEE RETREAT in Glasgow guides us through a mindfulness breathing meditation, recorded with the WASLER ARTS group at The WEE RETREAT.  As well as the guided meditation, Vicky discusses her practice with the group and the potential benefits of mindfulness and meditation.

You can find out more about The Wee Retreat at:  www.theweeretreat.co.uk

or on Facebook and Instagram:

www.facebook.com/weeretreat

https://www.instagram.com/theweeretreat/

Thanks to Vicky and the WASLER ARTS group participants.

Episode Nine:

'We Too Are Goddesses', Arts & Recovery, Interview with Nic Dickson and Rebecca Grant of SAY Women, Glasgow.

In this episode we focus on recovery and how art-making and group work can aid this process. Creativity and the arts open up spaces for self expression, dialogue and collaboration, reconnecting with ones self and others. Engagement in arts programmes and art making can help to reduce isolation and build confidence, improve mental health and well being.
We met with Nic Dickson a Social Researcher, Artist Facilitator and Visual Artist and Rebecca Grant a Group Worker from SAY Women a Glasgow Charity that offers safe semi-supported accommodation and emotional support for young women aged 16 to 25 who are survivors of sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault and who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness, to chat about their recent arts project
'We Too Are Goddesses'. The project was in collaboration with The Village Storytelling Centre and was provided for the women and girls supported by SAY Women. We invited the young women to participate in the conversation but unfortunately they were unable to attend on the day of the interview.

To find support or more about SAY Women go to : https://www.say-women.co.uk/about-us

 

The Village Story Telling Centre: http://www.villagestorytelling.org.uk/

Judith Lewis Herman, 'Trauma and Recovery from Domestic Abuse To Political Terror':  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trauma-Recovery-Aftermath-Violence-Political/dp/0465061710/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

http://www.recoverystories.info/judith-herman-trauma-and-recovery/

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Report : https://www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk/appg-inquiry/

Episode Ten:

'Hidden Lives'  (1999)  Cathy Lane

‘Hidden Lives’  is a sound piece by sound artist, composer and academic Cathy Lane. Her work uses spoken word, field recordings and archive material to explore aspects of our listening relationship with each other and the multiverse. She is currently focused on how sound relates to the past, our histories, environment and our collective and individual memories from a feminist perspective. Aspects of her creative practice have developed out of these interests and include composition and installation-based work. She also writes and lectures on these and related subjects as well as collaborating with choreographers, film makers, visual artists and other musicians.

'Hidden Lives' explores ideas of the house as the repository of memories, and of women as the curators of memory and of hidden histories. The daily repetition of domestic routine tasks is common to women, in particular, across centuries, societies and cultures. Through carrying out this invisible work women have shaped and sorted cupboards, rooms, all manner of dwelling places, and the inner lives of societies and cosmologies. At particular times they have been, at once, confined to the inside the house to carry out unrecognised and exhausting domestic servitude and at the same time able to colonise the ‘inside’ as their own, the place for daydreams and memories.

All the material for this piece is drawn from a selection of women reading from “The Book of Hints and Wrinkles” a small piece of social history from the 1930s which describes how women should manage both their houses and themselves in no uncertain terms. The daily routine timetable is enough to ensure that no woman could ever spend much time outside the house or away from this backbreaking schedule, and advice on personal appearance is delivered in such a way as to suggest that women are in fact part of the furnishing of the house to be polished, scrubbed and generally to look clean, welcoming and attractive.

‘Hidden Lives’ is one of a series of tape works which explore the compositional use of space and gesture as a metaphor for physical and emotional experiences. It attempts to use the distribution, movement and gesture of sound in space in order to emphasise and highlight possible the associative qualities of the recorded material according to personal experience.

Some of the specific ideas that inform the composition of ‘Hidden Lives’ are in the treatment of the text which moves from the whispers and breaths of memory to half articulated emergent sentences to the mantra of the repetitive routine which becomes like a wall of orders and commands.

The piece was commissioned by the Institute International de Musique Electroacoustique and realised in their studio in Bourges, France.

‘Hidden Lives’ is in celebration of all lives lived and forgotten .

Episode Eleven: Meeting with the Women's Group at Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid Part.1

In this episode we hear a reading of a poem written by one of the women we met through Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid, who chose to remain anonymous.  The poem is about her experience of having lived with coercive control and of finding freedom from the abuse.
Following this is a recording of a conversation we had discussing her poem in a bit more detail and her experience of going through the divorce process.
We also touch on financial control, women and the labour market and domestic abuse in the workplace.
Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid was founded in 1981 as the first Asian, Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Aid Group in Scotland. They provide support and information in a culturally sensitive manner on a wide range of issues. They strive to ensure that all women and children receive an equal service and do not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, gender-reassignment, gender identity, marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion and belief or sexual orientation.
Services are free and confidential and include:
Outreach Support for women, children and young people;
Culturally sensitive counselling/listening ear service;
Information on all forms of domestic abuse and gender based violence;
Forced Marriage
Immigration matters including the immigration rules implemented from 9th July 2012 affecting women living in the United Kingdom on Spousal Visas who have no recourse to public funds;
Help with making an application for settlement to the UKBA under the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession.
Housing and Homelessness in Glasgow
Welfare Rights
Employment
Legal matters
Bilingual Staff are available
Support for marginalised communities
Children’s Outreach service operates from the drop in centre

Hemat Gryffe recognise that women, children and young people from the Asian, black and minority ethnic community experiencing domestic abuse may be reluctant to seek help from mainstream services such as Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid or social services due to cultural beliefs. If you are experiencing domestic abuse or an oppressive domestic situation please contact them at:

http://www.hematgryffe.org.uk/women.html
Hemat Gryffe's 24 hour emergency service 0141 3530859
The Scottish National Helpline Number for victims of Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage is 0800 027 1234

Hemat Gryffe Episode Eleven Part 1WASLER ARTS MAKE WAVES
00:00 / 20:56

Also available on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/waslerartsmakewaves

Episode Twelve: Meeting with the Women's Group at Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid Part.2

The audio piece in this episode is a collection of recordings made over a number of weeks with women supported by Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid. The women read poems they had written, sang songs and chose music that they felt related to their experiences of having lived with Domestic Abuse and to their recovery. The women's individual poems, stories, songs are woven together with the flow of sounds from the weekly group meetings.
Following this is a short clip from Lucy Cathcart Froden's podcast and PhD research 'Our Chance Of Becoming Human'. Exploring themes of the voice, language and translation, research ethics, and the transformative potential of collaborative songwriting.


Lucy writes and performs music under the name raukarna, a Swedish word for a series of odd-shaped geological formations on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. raukarna is a series of themed collaborative projects, the first of which was called FLIGHT and was a collaboration with the Refuweegee initiative and a number of other songwriters. The second project is called CLOSE and involves working with tenement neighbours to create a collaborative album. This project has received funding from Creative Scotland and is in the process of being written and recorded.
 At the moment Lucy is doing a PhD based at the University of Glasgow and Vox Liminis, exploring the potential for collaborative music making in social integration, particularly among people with convictions and people who have been forcibly displaced. She makes a podcast, an audio scrapbook of the PhD journey, called Our Chance of Becoming Human.
Lucy has also been in bands like The Social Services (Stockholm) and Tall Tales (Glasgow). She has helped develop site-specific collaborative music performances as part of Zoetrope, bringing together a collective of bands and artists for unique performances at festivals around Scotland.


https://www.lumawords.co.uk/lucy-cathcart-froden
https://www.voxliminis.co.uk/people/lucy-cathcart-froden/

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid was founded in 1981 as the first Asian, Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Aid Group in Scotland. They provide support and information in a culturally sensitive manner on a wide range of issues. They strive to ensure that all women and children receive an equal service and do not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, gender-reassignment, gender identity, marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion and belief or sexual orientation.
Services are free and confidential and include:
Outreach Support for women, children and young people;
Culturally sensitive counselling/listening ear service;
Information on all forms of domestic abuse and gender based violence;
Forced Marriage
Immigration matters including the immigration rules implemented from 9th July 2012 affecting women living in the United Kingdom on Spousal Visas who have no recourse to public funds;
Help with making an application for settlement to the UKBA under the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession.
Housing and Homelessness in Glasgow
Welfare Rights
Employment
Legal matters
Bilingual Staff are available
Support for marginalised communities
Children’s Outreach service operates from the drop in centre


Hemat Gryffe recognise that women, children and young people from the Asian, black and minority ethnic community experiencing domestic abuse may be reluctant to seek help from mainstream services such as Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid or social services due to cultural beliefs. If you are experiencing domestic abuse or an oppressive domestic situation please contact them at:  http://www.hematgryffe.org.uk/women.html
Hemat Gryffe's 24 hour emergency service 0141 3530859
The Scottish National Helpline Number for victims of Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage is 0800 027 1234

Hemat Gryffe Episode Twelve, Part 2WASLER ARTS MAKE WAVES
00:00 / 26:18

Also available on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/waslerartsmakewaves

Episode Thirteen: 'Hidden Stories: Nakba'  Shanti Suki Osman, Judith Butler and 'Radical Equality'

This episode includes an audio piece by the artist Shanti Suki Osman called Hidden Stories: Nakba, which was specially created for the event WE ARE ALL GAZA on May 15th 2018 curated by Jérémie Pujau. The piece centres on female* voices, including an interview, poems and songs by women* of Palestine as well as an intersectional look at the struggle.

[Although this piece is specific to the Palestinian struggle it relates in many ways to the themes of previous episodes; it’s focus on female storytelling and the importance of remembering has overlaps with the discussion of the early Women’s Aid movement and Scottish Women’s Aid Speaking Out Oral History project in Episode 5.
Hidden Stories: Nakba opens up the conversation of equality but as you’ll hear the interviewee in Hidden Stories say, through an intersectional lens.]

Shanti Suki Osman is a Berlin-based artist and educator working with song, sound and radio, exploring the topics of identities, privilege, anti-racism and feminism. Residencies and performances 2017 - 2019 include: DISTRICT BERLIN Studio Grant; Sonic Cyberfeminisms, (Wysing Arts Centre); The Hearing Test (English Theater Berlin); SenseUs (London College of Communication, CRiSAP), Future Sounds (Akademie der Autodidakten, Ballhaus Naunynstr) Chipping Away (I AM NOT A FORTUNE COOKIE, ACUD), which was featured in Radiophrenia 2019. She is a research associate and lecturer for Musicology and Media Studies at Humboldt University with a focus on resistance and survival of women* of colour in sound making. In Late Nights In Squat Bars she writes and sings feminist electro-pop with Dafne Della Dafne, and curates festivals and group shows - most recently the sound art exhibition and event series Hearing Now (Berlin June 2018). In Coyer Koya she creates trip hop and electro pop tracks with long term collaborator John MacKenzie (Godzilla Black; Hawk Eyes). Her radio show Hidden Stories (colaboradio, 88,4), seeks to present stories, music and political arts from outside of dominant cultures. She is co director of Die Remise, a critical race and historical school project in Berlin founded by Carmen Mörsch. Die Remise´s most recent exhibition (Feb 2019) was part of the 11th Berlin Biennale (2019-20)
https://www.mixcloud.com/hiddenstories
https://latenightsinsquatbars.org/
https://soundcloud.com/shanti-suki-osman
https://www.dieremise.org

Links to other references in podcast:
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/judith-butler-wants-us-to-reshape-our-rage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTsd4Otj3R8
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/opinion/judith-butler-gender.html
http://www.jeremiepujau.com/art/we-are-all-gaza

Shanti Suki Osman, Hidden Stories, EpisoWASLER ARTS MAKE WAVES
00:00 / 42:12

Also available on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/waslerartsmakewaves

Episode Fourteen: ‘Rosey Resources for survivors by survivors’, Meeting up with The Rosey Project Community at Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis

In this episode you'll hear from members of the Rosey Project Community (RPC). The Rosey Project is a support and prevention programme for young people at Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis, they offer support and education to young people aged 13-25, and the Rosey Project Community is a participatory element of this programme.

We met up with two of the RPC members and their support workers Jen and Emma back in February of this year to talk about a series of zines they created that are a resource for other young survivors of sexual violence.

Having attended the launch of the Zines during 2019's 16 Days of Action we were keen to talk more about the project and about how the members felt the Rosey Project Community had benefited them. The launch night was really powerful and insightful, they had guest speaker Roza Salih (Activist and Co-founder of Glasgow Girls),  poetry readings by RPC members and a Q&A panel discussion with members of the Rosey Project Community and Christina McKelvie, the Scottish Government Minister for Older People & Equalities.  

You'll hear some of poems read by the Jen and the members we met, interspersed through the recorded conversation. 

We have published this episode to coincide with International Zine month, if you go to our blog page you'll find more information about zines, zine and book making.  There's also content from the Rosey Resources zines,  videos and articles looking at the political and activist zines from the Riot Grrrl Movement, contemporary zine making and links to local zine distributors.

You'll also find a film documenting the artist Suzanne Lacy's radical work Three Weeks in May: Speaking Out On Rape, A Political Art Piece, which was an extended work of performance art and activism. The piece took place in Los Angeles, California from May 8 to May 24, 1977. Three Weeks in May prompted the police and the city government to address violence against women openly and to publicize rape hotlines

Rosey Project Community Episode 14WASLER ARTS MAKE WAVES
00:00 / 33:33

Also available on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/waslerartsmakewaves

Thanks so much to the members at RPC and to Jenny, Paula and Emma. If you want to get copies of the zines you can get in touch with Paula the team leader at the Rosey Project by emailing paula@rapecrisiscentre-glasgow.co.uk, or by phoning the office on 0141 552 3201.  You can also get PDF copies of the zines by emailing: harrietatwaslerarts@gmail.com

There also lots of great resources and information available through the Rosey Project Facebook page @roseyproject

If you are a young person looking for support you can call the Rosey Project freephone helpline on 08088 00 00 14.

You can also call The National Rape Crisis Helpline on freephone 08088 01 03 02
You can also access support on the Rosey Project text & WhatsApp every Friday from 2pm-4pm: 07706092545

Find the Rosey Project on Twitter @Rosey_Project  

Instagram @theroseyprojectcommunity

www.roseyproject.co.uk

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