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(en) European PGA* Conference Newspaper - Others workshops and reflexions

Date Sat, 14 Oct 2006 07:20:03 +0200


Other workshops and reflexions by Teresa Teran
My experience of one week at the decentralised PGA conference in Dijon
I participated in a screaming workshop for females only. It was
organised by Lotte a girl from Germany. When Lotte told me about
the workshop I understood it was a streaming workshop. I thought
cool, a streaming video workshop for women only, we are probably
trying to create techy solidarity between women. We agreed to meet
at the information point the next day at 3pm. Next day while waiting
in the spacious corridor of the Tanneries some of us lay on the floor
taking advantage of the warm light of the sunshine.
When Lotte arrived and directed us to the open field opposite the
Tanneries squat, I thought a streaming video workshop in the open
field would be interesting. After a while I realised that it was about
screaming. We passed by a group meeting and walked further so as
not to disturb them but soon we reached the borders of the open field
and the houses started to appear.

When we found a spot that felt comfortable we made a circle and
started to discuss the workshop. Lotte introduced her idea,
screaming is related to women and to hysteria. Hysteria is an illness
invented by a man called Freud, therefore it could be said to have
been invented by men.

For me there is a deep feeling of breaking the accepted social
behaviour when screaming. That makes me very scared of being
allienated through percieved madness. One of Lotte's proposal was
to scream in a crowded room or in the middle of a meeting. If one of
us felt opressed in a meeting she could start screaming and the
others would follow.

After screaming in the field I felt a wonderful sense of release. I
spoke with Ana a spanish girl participating and she said 'yes your
face has changed, your expression is really relaxed'. I noticed the
faces of some of the other girls had changed too, Jessica an
American girl who normally has a sweet but unexpressive face had a
tint of wilderness in her eyes.

I felt that some of the ego barriers I had constructed within myself as
a result of social formalities relaxed. I saw the other women in a
different way.

I have learnt a lot in this week through sharing a common living with
many different people from different places and countries. It has
made me think about behavioural patterns ingrained in myself that
sometimes makes communication with others very difficult.

This is a community of people that nurtures the human spirit over
social formalities. During this week we have been having many
meetings every day to discuss the different topics all of us care about.
Social injustice, the environment. We have disscused how to
connect the different struggles and networks to make the movement
stronger.

The worries are that the movement is scattered. In all these years of
international gatherings, talking meetings, protests and direct
actions we haven't been able to construct a solid block to stop the
ravages that radical capitalism imposes on our lives and the
environment.

One thing I personally learnt in this PGA meeting, my first
international gathering, is that there are a lot of us and that our will
to convert the actual system into a more human one is a strong one.
Although our aims manifest into many different wishes and dreams
we have a lot in common. There is a strong desire to re-connect with
the human essence of the world.
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* PGA is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist direct action network
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