ghost bike

                                   
It is hard to talk in front of a ghost bike
because it means that someone died

someone died due to dangers that could be prevented
with better infrastructure
but also
with taking care of each other

if you are sitting in a car
you are 
isolated

you are isolated and safe
compared to pedestrians, cyclists, and,
we guess we have to say it,
e-scooters,
you are quite safe

you don’t know how good it feels to have the wind on your skin
and you don’t feel the heat of the city streets in summer

but you also don’t know how bad wind and rain combined are
and you still feel your fingers and toes in winter
and for sure
you will not feel that little heart attack when a car passes by you
way too close with
full speed,
puffing exhaust in your face

and you don’t know how your legs shake
after a cars door flies open right in front of you
on that shitty narrow bike lane next to parked cars
and you only got away because
you’re used to anticipating 
the thoughtless actions
of car drivers

we all know how that feels like
but we also know that

riding a bike can be the best thing in the world
and we would never not ride a bike

especially in a city
where we would have so much more space
without cars
and less air pollution
and less noise pollution

riding a bike is maybe the best thing in the world
even if people tell us that it is dangerous

even if there are a thousand cops 
annoying us for a missing reflector
and for not sticking to the rules
that were made for cars

but cyclists are also part of the traffic
some might say
and yes we are

still, we do not ride a ton of metal
with 100 kilometers per hour

we cannot bring that much harm
but are punished anyway

it’s our fault that we’re getting runover by cars,
if we are not wearing a helmet
it’s our fault that cyclists are hated,
if we run a red light

and they say
we have to be quiet and respectful first,
and a well-behaved example for society
to deserve to be listened to

that maybe politics will make compromises
that the streets will be more safe
even though this safety concept is based on repression

well
fuck that
women, gays, queers, intersex, non-binary, trans, migrants, people with disabilities have heard that too many times already

don’t get us wrong
we do appreciate the small changes,
but it’s almost like they always come with conditions?

Traffic safety, for us as cyclists,
won’t happen by conforming to the rules
(sometimes that doesn’t even save us from the cops)

we get safety through knowing our limits and those of others
and through taking responsibility for our actions

but also
we can never be perfectly safe

so why is there so much blaming and discussion about
whose fault it is
and why are only the most tragic accidents
worth a discussion?
because it just fits in this political climate:
it is a social climate of hate
caused by rightwing politicians
and attention-grabbing media

because
of course it feels better
if it’s always someone else’s fault

and we ask them
what are you afraid of?
are you afraid of losing your privileges?
are you afraid of being in the minority?
or is it because you only ever ask: „what’s in it for me?“
and don’t know the value of community

we think that a ghost bike
is a nice way to commemorate the person on that bike

and we also think that taking the road together
being in the critical mass, being loud and visible together
is a good way to create awareness for cyclists
even if it sometimes might create some hate

but as we said before already
fuck that
as non-conformists we’ve been confronted with hate a lot

we have the right to the road
we have the right to be safe
we have the right to be mobile
we have the right be loud and nasty

WienWoche Workshops

RESISTING BODIES – MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP

„Hexen sind immer Frauen gewesen, die es gewagt haben, mutig zu sein, aggressiv, intelligent, nicht-konformistisch, neugierig, unabhängig, sexuell befreit, revolutionär“ (Morgan, 1970. Sisterhood is Powerful).
Im mixed media Workshop diskutieren wir die Angriffe auf weibliche* Körper, auf Sexualität und Reproduktion von den Hexenverfolgungen in 16. und 17. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart.

Auf dieser Basis entwickeln wir lustvolle und selbstermächtigende Strategien des Widerstands und bringen diese medial in Form von Texten und Videos/Projektionen zum Ausdruck. Die Outputs des Workshops werden im Rahmen des Witch*Bike*Bitch Bike Rides am 21. September zur Aufführung gebracht.

Keine Vorkenntnisse notwendig. Bring, wenn möglich, einen Laptop mit.

Der Workshop findet im Rahmen der Wienwoche statt.
Am Workshop können nur FLINT*Personen (frauen*lesben*inter*non-binary*trans) teilnehmen, die Anzahl der Plätze ist begrenzt, deshalb bitten wir um Anmeldung unter:
radsisters[at]riseup.net
Betreff: resisting BODIES

15.9. 15:00-19:00 bei SchloR, Rappachgasse 26, 1110 Wien
17.9. 15:00-19:00 bei SchloR, Rappachgasse 26, 1110 Wien
19.9. 20:00-22:00 Generalprobe! (Wär cool wenn du da auch kannst)
21.9. ab 21:30 Performanceride Witch*Bike*Bitch mit
eigenem Fahrrad oder anderen Wheels (kein Auto, Motorrad, Moped), Narrenturm, Altes AKH, 1090

 

SOUND LAB – SOUND MANIPULATION WORKSHOP

RADS laden ein zum Workshop SOUND lab!

Im SOUND lab arbeiten wir mit Klangmanipulation, Verzerrungen, Geräuschen, Worten, etc.

Verfolgung, Hetze, Diskriminierung manifestiert sich in der Sprache. Wer sprechen darf oder gehört wird und wer nicht, ist Manifestation gesellschaftlicher hierarchischer Strukturen.
Am 16.September wollen wir uns gemeinsam mit Sprache der Hexenverfolgung damals und mit heute verwendeten sprachlichen populistischen Methoden auseinandersetzen und gemeinsam ein Musikstück kreieren, dass im Rahmen des Witch*Bike*Bitch Rides am 21. September aufgeführt wird.
Am 17.September besteht die Möglichkeit sich an Requisiten und einer performativen Umsetzung zu probieren.
Es sind keine Vorkenntnisse nötig und wir arbeiten zum Teil mit Open Source Programmen, also wenn möglich bitte Laptop, Kopfhörer, USB-Stick mitnehmen.

Am Workshop können nur FLINT*Personen (frauen*lesben*inter*non-binary*trans) teilnehmen, die Anzahl der Plätze ist begrenzt, deshalb bitten wir um Anmeldung unter:

radsisters[at]riseup.net
Betreff: SOUND lab

Datum:
16.9.2019
10-18:30 (eine Stunde Pause)
SOUND lab
Kunstkanal, Ulrichgasse 1, 1020

17.9.2019
11:30-17:00
basteln
bikekitchen, Goldschlagstraße 8, 1150

19.9.2019
20:00
Generalprobe!
(Wär cool wenn du da auch kannst)

21.9.2019
21:30
Performanceride Witch*Bike*Bitch
eigenes Fahrrad oder andere Wheels (kein Auto, Motorrad, Moped)
Narrenturm, Altes AKH, 1090

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RADS are inviting to the SOUND lab!

In the SOUND lab we work with sound manipulation, distortion, noise, words, etc.

Persecution, tracking, discrimination is manifested in language. Who is allowed to speak, who is being listened to and who not, is mirroring hierarchical structures of society.
16.9.: The first workshop day we will deal with language of the witch hunt back in the days and today and with linguistic populistic methods that are being used today. With deconstructing and sampling and with our own input we are going to create a composition that we perform as part of the Witch*Bike*Bitch Ride on the 21.9.
17.9.: The second workshop day we will use to build requisites and work on a performative realization.
For the workshop prior knowledge is not necessary. We will work party with open source programs, so if you can, please bring a laptop, headphones and USB-sticks.

The workshop is exclusively for FLINT* (femme*lesbian*intersex*non-binary*trans), since there Is a restricted amount of participants, we ask for application via mail:

To: radsisters[at]riseup.net
Subject: SOUND lab

Dates:

16.9.2019
10-18:30 (one hour break)
SOUND lab
Kunstkanal, Ulrichgasse 1, 1020

17.9.2019
11:30-17:00
bikekitchen, Goldschlagstraße 8, 1150

19.9.2019
19:00
Generalprobe!
(Would be cool if you have time)

21.9.2019
21:30
Performanceride Witch*Bike*Bitch
Bring your own bike or other Wheels (no cars, motorbikes)
Narrenturm, Altes AKH, 1090

 

HACK LAB – TORTURE DOLL WORKSHOP

Workshop by RADS im Rahmen von Witch*Bike*Bitch / Wienwoche.

In dem 3-tägigen Workshop werden torture dolls gebaut, die auf Interaktion mit dem Publikum reagieren. Im Innenleben der Puppen verstecken sich kleine Synthesizer Bausteine, die aus lichtempflindlichen Sensoren bestehen und zum Klangerzeuger werden, sobald sie mittels (Fahrrad-)Licht manipuliert werden. Die Puppen werden von den Workshopteilnehmer*innen während des Witch*Bike*Bitch Ride am 21. September für ein Ritual verwendet.

Ein wichtiger Bestandteil unserer Workshops sind elektronische DIY Projekte im Rahmen von FLINTQ* Bike Rides. Wir arbeiten mit allgemein bekannten Technologien und befragen gleichzeitig die digitale Medienlandschaft nach ihren Machtstrukturen und Mechanismen.

“Nicht länger werden die Maschinen durch Frauen hindurch träumen, sondern stattdessen werden sie von ihnen gebaut. Sie werden nicht genutzt, um das ohnmächtige Jaulen der Aggressionen einer feindlichen Welt nachzuahmen, sondern um die Matrix von Noise selbst neu zu gestalten. – Nina Power: Women and Machines: the Future of Female Noise

Auch für Elektronik-Einsteiger*innen geeignet!

Wann?
Di, 17. September 2019, 13-18 Uhr
Mi, 18. September 2019, 13-18 Uhr –> Open End
Do, 19. September 2019, 17-19 Uhr, anschließend Generalprobe

Wo?
Kunstkanal, Ulrichgasse 1.

Wir werden alle Elektronik Bauteile und Materialen zur Verfügung stellen – unbedingt auch eigene Puppen fürs Hacken mitbringen!

Am Workshop können nur FLINT*Personen (frauen*lesben*inter*non-binary*trans) teilnehmen, die Anzahl der Plätze ist begrenzt, deshalb bitten wir um Anmeldung unter:

radsisters[at]riseup.net
Betreff: HACK lab

Mehr Infos:
wienwoche.org
radperformance.wordpress.com

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Workshop by RADS in the frame of the project Witch*Bike*Bitch / Wienwoche.

During the 3-day workshop we will build “torture dolls” that respond to audience interaction. We will modify and build dolls so that they contain small synthesizers with light-sensitive sensors and become sound generators as soon as they are manipulated by means of (bicycle) light. The puppets are used by the workshop participants during the Witch*Bike*Bitch ride on the 21 of September for a ritual.

An important part of our workshops are electronic DIY projects within the scope of FLINTQ * bike rides. We work with well-known technologies and at the same time question the power structures and mechanisms in the digital media landscape.

“No longer will the machines dream through women, but will instead be built by them. They will be used not to mimic the impotent howl of aggression in a hostile world, but to reconfigure the very matrix of noise itself.” – Nina Power: Women and Machines: the Future of Female Noise

Also suitable for beginners!

When?
Tue: 17th September 2019: 13:00-18:00
Wed: 18th September 2019: 13:00-18:00, from 18:00 –> Open End
Thu: 19th September 2019: 17:00-19:00, Testing/playing together, then option to go together to the general rehearsal

Where?
Kunstkanal, Ulrichgasse 1.

Please register and write: radsisters[at]riseup.net with „Hacklab“ as the subject.
We will provide all the electronic parts and some fabrics and other materials. Bring your dolls and hack them!
Participants (FLINT) max. 8

More infos:
wienwoche.org
radperformance.wordpress.com