So after 6 months of travelling, researching, writing, sweating blood and tears, sometimes literally, myself and Rebecca Louise Collins have finally submitted our grant application to the AHRC for a networking grant with WISWOS. We have a bunch of fantastic people who have helped us put this together and who have come on board as part of the WISWOS network. This includes Lisa Busby from Goldsmiths, part of our London WISWOS collective, Liz Dobson of the Yorkshire Sound Women’s Network, Andrew Deakin of the Octopus Collective, composer Tony Doyle, Lilian Campeseto and Isobel Nogueira of Sonora in Brazil, Milena Droumeva from Simon Fraser University in Canada. We all have our fingers crossed that we get this grant because it will mean the creation of a boatload of ideas, art works, commissions, festivals, workshops, websites, symposiums etc.
A sample of our call is below to let you know some of what we plan to do if we get this grant approved.
The overarching aims of this international network are three-fold: first, to critically engage with and influence existing knowledge structures within sound-based institutions, namely the British Music Collection (BMC), second to make practical interventions into the current pedagogical apparatus for the teaching of sonic technologies in schools, and third, to interrogate and generate the construction of virtual and physical sites of knowledge exchange on gender, sound and technology.
- Working with the BMC archive to unlock lost histories and create responses to women´s contribution to the history of the sonic arts
- Working in schools with teachers and young girls to create a transferable methodology of technological gender inclusion, which can be adapted and applied to other contexts, nationally and internationally
- Create a space for knowledge exchange through events, symposia and networked connections, to reflect on the projects we have undertaken and workshop our future projects. The entire project is using poststructuralist feminist models or iterative engagement.