「Feed me 食·相」by Jennifer Tang Wing Lam

Blog, Events, Hong Kong, News

Jennifer Tang Wing Lam (she/they) debuted publicly at Soho House Hong Kong in Nov 2022 with their first editorial photography series 「Feed me 食·相」.

Drastic Social Showcase – 3 Dec 2022

Bergen, Blog, Events, News

Drastic Social Showcase presents a community party with our friends in Bergen on the 3rd of December. The Bars at the venue are open and Dumplings are served ❤

Tickets are available on Ticket.co

Program

1830 Doors open (ground floor cafe)
1900 Fabrikkhallen open
1905 Intro by Bertha Chan
1910 “Accountability” — Erwin Rapiz Navarro of Skeiv Verden Vest -“Transformative Justice in Community Building”
1955 “Community builder Series” — Yimin Dong of Feminist Storytelling
2040 “Creator Series” — Juan Qin
2120 “Joy” — Merenpelko performance

We are grateful to be amongst supportive community members who are making this happen, and a special thanks to Bergen Kommune for funding a part of this programme.


Venue

Bergen Kjøtt

Bergen Kjøtt is a creative workplace, production house and cultural centre in the neighbourhood of Skuteviken and Sandviken in Bergen.

Dalig Leder Eva Rowson (she/her) of Bergen Kjøtt has supported Drastic Social’s development since day one, provided many opportunities for us to develop our skills and experience in live streaming, and generously lent us their venue for this event.


Media partner

Vers Libre, Bergen Community Radio

Vers Libre is the go-to community radio in Bergen, Norway. DJs, sound artists, and talk show enthusiasts are encouraged to develop their music/programme curation using their facilities for their members at their studio in Møhlenpris. The facility is only a 10 min walk from the city centre through the scenic park Nygardsparken.

Drastic Social will be publishing their podcast series on VersLib.re

Fraser Keddie (he/him) is the founder of Vers Libre. He is our mentor at Drastic Social Production Team, supporting us in honing skills in live stream production and radio recording work.


Photo exhibition

“Feed me 食•相” by Jennifer Tang Wing Lam (she/they)

Hong Kong Photographer Jennifer Tang‘s photo series “Feed me” is a project made with our community of artists and creatives. Recently debuted at Soho House Hong Kong, this experimental portrait series is brought to you in Bergen for one night only. Seize the chance to see these photos exhibited during the day of the Drastic Social event at Bergen Kjøtt ground floor.

Feed me 食•相 is a love letter to my chubby, food obsessed childhood. Sunday dinner at grandma’s was our family’s ritual; whenever she made my favourite dishes, my face would light up at the dinner table.

“The sweetest smile on your face when you eat!” she always said.

The indulger then became the voyager; I still love food but realized cooking and watching others enjoy it was the greater pleasure. The natural next step was to photograph my friends stuffing their faces and making a mess. Capturing this joy and expression on someone’s face is undeniably cathartic to me.”


Speaker — Erwin Rapiz Navarro (he/him), Skeiv Verden Vest

Erwin Rapiz Navarro is originally from the Philippines and works as the manager of Skeiv Verden Vest in Bergen, Norway. Erwin has a background in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Tromsø and has been working closely with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees since 2015.

Erwin will speak with Bertha Chan about “Transformative Justice in Community Building”, mainly so we can learn to spot conflicts, take accountability and reduce harm within our community.

Speaker – Yimin Dong (they/them) of Feminist Storytelling

Feminist Storytelling is a community theatre and storytelling platform based in Bergen, Norway. Their events are curated by different volunteers, artists and storytellers monthly, cooperating with Litteraturhuset i Bergen (House of Literature in Bergen).

Founder Yimin Dong will talk to Drastic Social’s Bertha Chan about their path of building a community where participants feel at ease to share their personal stories in an intimate set up.

Speaker — Juan Qin (she/her)

Juan Qin is a visual communication designer and multimedia artist. With a particular interest in exploring the intersections, connections and cross-disciplinary relations among visual communication design, graphic design, creative coding, programming, interactive design, social media and individuals’ subtle emotional expression. She will be speaking with Bertha Chan during the event about her path to finding her identity through art and creations.


Performance

Merenpelko is a performative musical installation sent to this dimension by Xzyx Cronh to bring emotional music and glimpses into a better, interdimensional world.

“We intend to bring people into a transcendental realm through our sonic spells.”

Merenpelko is Rude Pixie, Ghostcry and MC Lab Rat.

Silly Little Mermaid” was out in Oct 2022 &
Check out their live-streamed rehearsal for the 3rd Dec performance on youtube


Production Team

Ingrid Ormevik (she/her)

Ingrid is the founder of Queer Fashion of Scandinavia (QFoS), an LGBTQIA+ community media highlighting important works by community members. Ingrid is a video production specialist, video editor and drone enthusiast. She is one of the “Feminist Streaming Service” founding members and working with live-streaming equipment since 2020. Some of the organisations she worked with include Borealis Music FestivalSkeiv Verden VestEkko FestivalTrans Pride and Trans Awareness Week.

Ingrid will be streaming the event live on 3 Dec

Producer – Lene Anette Kolltveit (they/them)

Producer – Essia Hids (she/her)

Essia Hidoussi (she/her) is currently working as a producer for Diversity and Inclusion at Bergen Kunsthall. Essia has years of experience as a freelance producer, event manager and volunteer coordinator for several art and culture festivals in Bergen.


Sound design – Bensen (they/them)

Video and photography – Renate Storø (she/her)

Light design – Lauris Greidan (he/him)

Producer and host – Bertha Chan (she/her)

Welcome to Drastic Social meets Trans Awareness Week

Bergen

Ever want to ask trans people questions that you dare not to ask (because you don’t know how?) Yesterday Drastic Social x TAW podcast / دراستيك بودكاست was recorded at Bergen Kjøtt

Join Bertha Chan, founder of Drastic Social, Isak Bradley (POGI).and Vero Brokke Olsen for a conversation this week at Transgender Awareness Week – أسبوع نصرة العبور الجنسي/ ترانس#transrightsarehumanrights

Episode 1

Episode 2

EKKO Electronic and Experimental Music Festival 2022

Bergen, Events

Ekko is an annual festival for electronic and experimental music and sound art. The festival features a tightly curated international and local programme with concerts, DJ sets, commission works, art, talks, screenings and multidisciplinary acts.”

ekko.no/om-oss

EKKO FESTIVAL XIX – 1-6 November, 2022

This year, EKKO Festival is held from 2-6 November in Bergen, Norway, around the city at four venues,

USF Verftet — USF Verftet is a former sardine factory building accommodating five venues for the presentation of music, theatre, films and contemporary art, and several artist studios and offices.

Address: Georgernes Verft 12, 5011 Bergen
Image by USF


Østre — Østre is the staple venue for Bergen’s electronic and experimental underground scene. Expect a weekend of an immersive programme with sound and dance across their 3-floor venue in the city’s heart. 

Address: Østre Skostredet 3, 5017 Bergen
Image by Østre

Østre Bergen

Slettebakken Church — Slettebakken Church is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Bergen Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. Apart from a place for religious folks to worship, arts and cultural organisations occasionally hire the venue for art performances. The architecture of the building resembles an ark vertically logged towards the sky, standing out in the small neighbourhood by the side of a lake. 

Address: Vilhelm Bjerknes’ vei 31, 5081 Bergen
Image by Wikipedia Sveter


Banzha – A hip restaurant in the centre of Bergen serving a posh vibe with Yunnan Province Chinese Cuisine. Collaborating with EKKO this year on 3 Nov for a night of Music by Al Skua and Trym Arneson Søvdsnes and Food Tasting.

Address: Neumanns gate 28, 5015 Bergen
Image by banzha.no


EKKO FESTIVAL 2022 PROGRAMME

Autechre, Nov 2nd: Autechre (UK) / USF Verftet

Building Instrument, Nov 3rd: Building Instrument: «Månen, armadillo» / Østre

AJA, Bendik Giske, Hiro Kone, Huerco S, Julie Silset, Nov 4th: EKKO XIX: Bendik Giske, Hiro Kone, Huerco S, AJA, Julie Silset / Østre

DMX Krew, Sedef Adasi, Waq Waq Kingdom, Vanligt Folk, Dj Scotch Egg ++, Nov 5th: EKKO XIX: DMX Krew, Slikback, Sedef Adasi, Waq Waq Kingdom, Vanligt Folk, Kromoplastik +++

Caterina Barbieri, Nov 6th: EKKO XIX: Caterina Barbieri «Spirit Exit» / Slettebakken Kirke

KONSEPT X + ASTERISK FILMKLUBB + DRASTIC SOCIAL presents: Editing Room vol. 3

Bergen, Events

Drastic Social is ecstatic to co-host the third edition of a club night series “Editing room” by Konsept X, an intersectional femme-centric DJ collective in Bergen, Norway, on 1 Oct 2022 alongside with Asterisk — a Bergen-based queer club night platform and older sibling to the just as cheeky ASTERISK FILMKLUBB, international experimental queer film festival.

Konsept X club night series “Editing room” has previously held two events at Landmark Bergen at Bergen Kunsthall, collaborating with various DJs, VJs and artists to establish its niche from the intersection between film, image and music.

Asterisk celebrates our talented local and international queer artists and performers, it is an alternative event production project to create safer spaces for queer and transgender people within institutions and public spaces to showcase interdisciplinary artistic work, such as happenings, performance, sound, and visual art and films and everything in between.

KONSEPT X + ASTERISK FILMKLUBB + DRASTIC SOCIAL presents: Editing Room vol. 3

Konsept X, ASTERISK FILMKLUBB and Drastic Social invite you to the third edition of Editing Room – a series of club nights dedicated to playing with the intersection between film, image and music.

This time we focus on queer experiences and draw inspiration from the short film Herman@s (SiblingX) by H. Alix, selected by ASTERISK FILMKLUBB.

Starting from an introductory talk to film screening and carrying into the night, our queer-centric club space.

Images by Bertha Chan @berthachandotcom and Runa Halleraker @runahalleraker

Schedule of the event:
21:30 The event starts off with DJ Joy welcoming you to Konsept X — Editing Room Vol.3

22:00 Follow with an introductory talk, “Creating our reality through art and community”, led by Bertha Chan (Drastic Social), where the people who have joined forces for this event will introduce themselves and share perspectives on their project and community building.

22:30 We will screen Herman@s (SiblingX) by H. Alix, selected by ASTERISK FILMKLUBB. before transitioning into a night of dancing, flirting, and fun with pipi sauvage, Tora G, Brita°UT, Superslut & fxggxt to the climax.

KONSEPT X + ASTERISK FILMKLUBB + DRASTIC SOCIAL presents: Editing Room vol. 3
Date: 1 OCT 2022
Time: 21:30 till late
Location: Landmark at Bergen Kunsthall
CC: 100 kr


Sjå magazine by Mørkerommet photo collecitve

Bergen

Sjå magazine is a photo and art magazine, rooted in analog photography, and explores a given theme with the help of photography and text, published twice a year by Mørkerommet photo collective. Mørkerommet photo collective is a student organization in Bergen that practices analog photography and development in darkrooms, in addition to holding exhibitions, publishing pictures in various magazines and documenting images at events.

Social distancing in the city of Bergen had loosened up, small scale meetup and events are allowed to be held. Drastic Social visited Sjå magazine’s launch this month in Bergen where their Issue #3: Senses is published.

It was being held at a small exhibition space in the city centre, VISP, the physical location of this networking organisation for the Visual Arts in Norway. The space is snugged and cosy, visitors came into an indoor grass field and sat down on the floor. Some people took their shoes off, relaxing, looking at some of the photography works on the wall while they converse with one another. Some flip through their newly published magazine while Inish’s sound work was playing in the background with some elements of techno, occasionally vibrant and at times tranquil.

One of the works in the magazine left us with a slight sore in the chest – “Smaken av metall” (The taste of metal) is a poem by Imad Alwahibi, a Palestinian artist who grew up in Syria, and it is written in Norwegian. The artist expressed the feeling of relocating from one place to another, landlord to landlord, key to key, trying to settle in a place where they find it struggling to get a sense of belonging.

A description of the magazine on the publication’s event page describes more of what’s featured in the magazine below,

“In this edition, we have explored the theme of SENSES through analog photography, art, poetry, text and sound. We will get to sense the taste of painful keys together with Imad Alwahibi in the poem The taste of metal. We will get to smell excerpts from Giulia Avella’s collection of prose poems, Cycles, in which she lets us smell her everyday life like it once was. We will get to feel love and closeness in the photo series Do you remember? by Leah Håland Solomons, in which various people lead us into their most intimate memories. We will get to feel the brutal hands that were once gentle and experience how once-loving guests can become violent in the photo series Gentle touch by Cosmo Großbach. We will get to look at the sensory dominance of sight in Erick Trondsson Kjellevold’s text on the favouritism of the eye in architecture through the ages. We will get to listen, a pulsating soundscape by Inish that can change our cognitive experience, through the forest, knife drawer and binaural beats. And finally, we will get to browse through the analog photo album Månebedotten together.”

Joar Nango The Festival Exhibition

Bergen

Quote from Bergen Kunsthall – “The Festival Exhibition 2020 at Bergen Kunsthall presents Norwegian-Sámi artist Joar Nango. Initially trained as an architect, Nango constructs his exhibitions as labora tories, investigating traditions and experiences from his cultural background in Northern Norway, characterized by flexibility, pragmatism and adaptation to nature.”

“The exhibition will be less a finished product than an arena for a social process of creating places and situations with possibilities for improvisation and collective action. Nango’s work addresses indigenous identity and decolonialization, looking at these topics not in isolation, but as an expression of the ongoing dynamics between the so-called cultural centre and its peripheries.

The exhibition is based on a theoretical frame-work that Nango has set up together with collaborators from different artistic or academic backgrounds, including art historian Mathias Danbolt, writer Candice Hopkins and anthropologist Dimitris Dalakoglou. Following Nango’s ongoing investigations of the history of Sámi architecture, his library of books on the topic will be utilized in the exhibition, as well as a series of re-appropriated historical images from the 1700s. This series of hand-coloured drawings was made in the mid-1700s and is among the first known representations of Sámi architecture. In Nango’s exhibition, the images act as historical counterpoint, and a comment on the appropriation, circulation and representative power of images from indigenous cultures.

For a large-scale projection screen, Nango makes use of dried halibut stomachs that are sewn together. The technique, called skievvar in the coastal Sami tradition, is a way of making transparent windows in outhouses and simple buildings. Several of Joar Nango’s previous projects are brought to Bergen, and re configured for the exhibition, such as the girjegumpi, a small building made as a nomadic library inspired by the Sami gumpi, a herder’s hut mounted on sleigh runners. Nango’s van, a Mercedes Sprinter which was used in the project European Everything at Documenta 14 in 2017, will also be a central element in the Festival Exhibition. The physical infrastructure, and the travel itinerary between Bergen and Tromsø, form a geographical line between two site- specific landing points in the project. For European Everything he drove the same van from Tromsø to Athens – through the length of Europe – in an excursion in which themes of migration, relocation and the nomadic became a concrete experience. In May this year, the Sprinter doubled as a mobile TV studio during the production of Post-Capitalist Architecture TV.”

Images by Bertha Chan

Community Rave 22 MAY

Events, Hong Kong

22 MAY 2021 – 11:30 pm 

Part 3: AfterRave @ Open Air location

We will have an afterparty at a secret location and lineup as below, guests who attended part 2 of the community event can go to the rave for free!

The rest of the guests who want to attend will need to DM us on Drastic Social Instagram for location.

The entrance fee is $50 with a self help mini-bar set up at the location 


11:30-1:15 @Zora428

1:15-3:00 @ak_xy

#!/usr/bin/env
def describe_Ak_xy(): print(”’Dj Ak_xy grew up all around Asia, and this shows in \ the musical influences in his sets. He mostly plays \ melodic techno and deep house, but also enjoys \ playing some psytrance and afrohouse”’) get_ready_to_rave(); describe_Ak_xy(); @dj_ak_xy

3:00-4:45 @aka.nohmann

Thrift from MATES ( LAST PARTY BEFORE SUMMER ) 22 MAY 2021

Events, Hong Kong

Live performances, talks & music, people, community and friends

4-6:30 pm Part 1: Thrift from Mates

Thrift party, community members each brings 5 of their favorite items to trade/ sell with friends they meet at the event

6:30 – 10:30 pm
Part 2: LIVE TALKs and PERFORMANCEs

6:30 pm Talk with Siu Fung


Bertha will be interviewing Siu Fung Law, a genderqueer, genderfluid and gender equality advocate, a public speaker and a professional bodybuilder from Hong Kong providing fitness training for trans men as one of their many ways to uplift their community.

We will have an in-depth conversation about the work they have been doing for years in the safer space.
(interview will be recorded)

7:15 pm
Jodie Chan 陳詠恩 @jodiewyc“Strongest” Single release

Independent Singer Song Writer Jodie’s new single is released this week and she will be performing live with a few songs

“This song is for anyone who’s ever felt out of place in their own skin. It’s my way of saying that there is such joy in self-acceptance and that there is an army of people ready to celebrate you from when you break, to when you make it to the other side.”

7:45 pm
Bertha Chan with Anna – Live “Intro” of Bertha’s Self love podcast live recording, the episodes in which she will have discussions with Anna about many things.

For an hour-ish, B&A will talk about the openness to self discovery – sexuality, kinks, acceptance, joy, pleasure, letting go of stigmas, rough and gentle plays, dynamics and relationships with ourselves and others.

9 pm
Timmy Gunn

Timmy @mightytimmygunn is the lead singer and guitarist of the Hong Kong band Shotgun Politics @shotgunpolitics852 . They are set to release their 5th EP, “The Lion & The Jaguar” later this summer. Shotgun is full of power and high energy pop melodies, but solo Timmy will play a stripped down, intimate set featuring re-workings of the new songs as well as a surprise cover or two!

9:30 pm Free Movements + Bonding Time – prepare our bodies and mind for the AfterRave

10:30 pm event part 2 ends

At the event

Annika Visser

Hong Kong

Annika is from South Africa, she likes MUSIC, PEOPLE and YOGA (she is an avid yoga practitioner) 

During the day, she makes custom fitted jeans and fight for sustainability in the fashion industry. 

A little Q&A with Annika 

Hi Annika! 

DS: You are a multi-talented person and love creating many things!

Can you tell us what are your passion projects?

A: DJing is definitely a passion project! Since it is not my day job (I actually work in sustainable fashion for a start up denim brand). Another passion of mine is yoga – I grew up dancing and singing in the choir, so music and movement have always been a critical part of my life.

DS: We learned that you just debuted not long ago and the set at Drastic Social x puurr.hk last month was probably the first in a music club night was it? How did it feel to be playing at 宀 ?

A: Wow, I was quite nervous! But when the music started playing I was in my element, I am really flattered that Laura Zhang proposed me and the 宀 peeps said yes [I guess it helps that I have been hanging out at the club since it opened 😄 it’s one of very few places for great music in HK at the moment so I am super happy that I could be part of it]

DS: What kind of music do you love playing the most? 

*Haha, I am a bit of a musical chameleon at home, I appreciate all kinds of music [depending on my mood], but in a club or festival setting I like to play music that makes your booty shake – so ranging from housey, to electro to techno to dark disco and dark wave 🌊*

DS: This time at #DrastixPuurr, we talk about imposter syndrome and negotiations. Would you like to share your opinions about these subjects?

A: I think that everyone suffers from imposter syndrome sometimes in different situations, and it’s due to insecurities. But we should realise that everyone feels this way in some setting, because we are all different, and that should be celebrated*  

On negotiation, I really suck at it for professional things haha, this is something I hope I can improve as I further my career.

DS: What do you want to see improved in your workplace/working environment/sector?

I am pushing for a more sustainable and inclusive fashion future through the work that we do at unspun @unspun.io – there are many social and ecological issues that we’re trying to solve.

DS: Please share a track with us?

A: I made this for LunarTribe 

Thank you Annika!