MLFF is open to support initiatives against housing speculation and other protests related to the right for social benefits (e.g. free healthcare, accessible education, unemployment wages).
Media Liberation Front/Feminism (MLFF) was formed by Viki Semou and Mara Karagianni in February 2011 in order to put their work in the service of the political and cultural actions they wanted to support or initiate. Concerned not about the lack of women’s representation and reporting in the media, but about their lack in development of the medium itself – MLFF put together a media tool by women for everyone. This tool started off with a customized shopping cart and at present has taken the form of a caisson.
It is equipped with the following devices:
-a megaphone and a wireless microphone
-FM transmitter for radio broadcasting
-a laptop for interviews and online audio streaming
-a printer for flyers, pickets and posters
-a motor battery to fuel all above props
So far the project has participated in 1 student demonstration in the Hague, 2 demonstrations in Amsterdam against the budget cuts in social housing (SASH) and against housing speculations (Platanenweg residents initiative) and in 1 anti-racist demonstration in Athens.
During the demonstrations, people add pickets on the cart, put brochures on it and use the megaphone for slogans, speeches and announcements. Interviews of attendants are recorded and streamed online during the demonstration.
The goal is to make a live flow of communication and registration in analogue and digital means; a hub where information is collected on the spot and being immediately dispersed and registered in different forms (paper, FM, Internet). Moreover, the project aspires to address all ages and groups of people that have access to and use different technological means of communication. Therefore, existing “out-dated” media are used together with more advanced and sophisticated ones in a rather sustainable configuration.
XminY provided 750 euros to develop the platform in a more functional and structural way.
We would like to thank our friends and colleagues who have helped and supported this project:
Geert Van Mil and Doris Denekamp for providing their squat and studio, from where all started, in Schiedam
Gerrit and Ed for their technical computer networking advise
Jeff Meisner for his technical electronic assistance and advise
John Colenbrander for his design/technical assistance in the building of the caisson,
and together with Jasper Niens for providing their great studio and tools in Pompstraat, Rotterdam