A study published by female:pressure in 2013 has been receiving a great deal of media attention. It reveals that, fifteen years after the establishment of the network for women in electronic music with 1300 members from 58 countries, the representation of women at major international electronic music festivals is only ten percent. These festivals are largely funded by public money. The situation in Berlin is unfortunately no exception.
When asked about the reasons for this significant imbalance, curators and bookers usually reply that there are not enough women in electronic music.
This argument does not do justice to our current social reality and simply ignores a significant share of creative potential. We find this situation unacceptable, but also consider it as an opportunity for activists to reinforce the visibility of women in electronic music and the digital arts by organizing Perspectives, a two-day festival that called the real underlying causes and dynamics of the imbalance into question.
Artists, responsible local and international festival curators and researchers in the field were invited to participate in the dialogue. Workshops, lectures and talks held during the day served as a platform for a lively exchange of experiences and knowledge.
In the panel discussions, curators' decision-making processes should be reviewed in order to identify potential changes that allow us to develop joint solutions for a diverse gender-sensitive music industry that is not only dominated by the outworn prototype of white male heterosexual musician.
During the lectures and workshops, well-known and influential festival curators, organizers, bookers and musicians had the opportunity to present best practice models and projects and define concrete possibilities.
The night events provided a showcase to present the multifaceted performances of Berlin-based and international artists, as well as their perspectives on electronic music.
Aiko Okamoto, Aschka, Ava Delay, Christin Bolte, Elisabeth Pibernat, Gudrun Gut, Kaltès, Janine Fubel, Lenka Akkamiau Kočišová, Maya Consuelo Sternel, Marine Drouan, Mieke Bohl, Mo Loschelder, Neda Ploskow, Sandra Passaro, Susanne Kirchmayr, Rona Geffen
INITIATED BY Berlin group of female:pressure database for women in electronic music
RESEARCH STUDY female:pressure FACTS worldwide festivals by gender