Monthly Archives: May 2012

I Am Dora Screening @ The ICA

I Am Dora by Jemma Desai Launch Screening

Thursday 31st May 2012 6.45pm @ Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

*ELF(East london Fawcett) members and friends can get a discount if the quote ‘Fawcett’ over the phone or in person (subject to availability) for the opening night!*

Sigmund Freud’s Dora: : A Case of Mistaken Identity  1979
Anthony McCall, Claire Pajaczkowska, Andrew Tyndall, Jane Weinstock
+ Light Reading  UK dir. Lis Rhodes’, 1979, 20 minutes

I am Dora in partnership with the ICA and City Screen are pleased to announce the launch of their first publication. I am Dora will focus on how female characters in film affect women’s perceptions of themselves. A subjective and personal study, I am Dora explores how and why women identify with one another and what this means when the identification is with a flawed or misunderstood character.

Using the well-documented feminist significance of Freud’s Dora as a template, each screening focuses on a new character and is accompanied by a publication that maps Jemma’s journey to understand her identification with the character. Each publication will be launched with a screening of a film aimed at encouraging a more subjective engagement with film and film theory.

Jemma Desai works at various International Film Festivals as a producer, curator and writer. She is the founder of I am Dora.
The launch event marks Part 1, which will focus on Sigmund Freud’s Dora: A Case of Mistaken Identity.

Sigmund Freud’s Dora: A Case of Mistaken Identity (USA 1979, 40 mins) was directed by Anthony McCall, Claire Pajaczkowska, Andrew Tyndall, and Jane Weinstock. In their original film notes the filmmakers stated that they chose Dora as a ‘test’ so as to encourage a discussion on “Understanding hysteria not only as an illness but as the inevitable predicament of women who speak in a language which has never been ours, a phallocentric language” and “to analyse the language, how it represents. Freud’s representation of Dora, the representation of female sexuality in psychoanalytical theory, and representation in films”
Interspersing a recreation of Freud’s failed analysis of Dora with clips from television advertising and pornography, as well as exchanges with her mother, the filmmakers explore the status of the female as the objectified site of sexual desire. The resulting film interrogates psychoanalysis, the iconography of the mother and filmmaking itself as complicit in ‘representing’ the female.

The film plays with Lis Rhodes’ Light Reading 1979, 20 mins
“The bloodstained bed suggest a crime..No answers are given, after the torrrent of words at the beginning of the film, all the film offers are closed images and more questions..Is it even blood on the bed, what fracture is there between seeing and certainty? If there has been a crime, ‘she’ might still be victim..How can a crime of such complexity and continuity be ‘solved’? The voice searches for clues, sifting through them, reading and re-reading until the words and letters loom up nightmarishly, no longer hung on the structure of language.”

Felicity Sparrow, Her Image Fades as her Voice Rises, Arts Council of Great Britain 1983

The event will include a short introduction and an informal discussion following the films in the ICA bar. The first 50 tickets sold will receive a complimentary copy of the publication.

£10 / £8 concessions / £7 ICA Members





Dear Teacups,

First of all a HUGE thank you to everyone who came down to show their support at the Free Pussy Riot Fundraiser @ The Shacklewell Arms on the 23rd of April! We raised £370.00 for the Pussy Riot grrls. If you didn’t make it to our event and would like to donate to the cause please visit the Free Pussy Riot website. Storm in a Teacup, Girls Get Busy and Not So Popular are working on a collaborative zine to continue to raise funds and awareness of the Free Pussy Riot campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for more news about this soon.

Not So Popular interviewed Viv Albertine (The Slits), watch the interview here where Viv talks about Pussy Riot and Feminism.

Another great video from the event; Viv Albertine performing “Don’t Believe in Love”


We were really upset to hear that the UK’s finest Women’s archive The Women’s Library is under threat.  The library, home to the largest collection of women’s writing in Europe, will see its opening hours slashed if it can’t secure extra funds by the end of the year. This could mean if they can’t rehome, find a sponsor or secure a huge amount of funding they may only be able to open one day per week from December 2012. Help save The Women’s library by spreading the word and SIGN THIS PETITION NOW!

One of our alltime favourite magaZINEs Magpie Mag Issue 5 has just become available, and it includes an interview with me, where I talk about Storm in a Teacup, folk and feminism – it’s a beautiful publication that also includes a compilation CD, to get your hands on a copy visit the Magpie Magazine website. A little quote from the interview; “People are walking up to the fact that they shouldn’t wait around for things to change or for people in power to change them, we need to stand up, speak out and make positive change happen ourselves”.

The Great East London Art Audit continues this month on Saturday 12th of May at the TATE modern! Find out how to get involved with the East London Fawcett Group’s campaign to find out the truth about representation of women in the art world. For more information please see this blog post and contact East London Fawcett Group

Please visit the Storm in a Teacup blog site to find out how to get involved in the collective and to keep up with the latest news.
If you are a promoter or organiser and you would like us to list your event, project or campaign  or distribute flyers or zines on our info stalls, please get in touch.



FREE PUSSY RIOT Support the Russian feminist punk group, who currently have 3 members in prison awaiting trial for a performance in an Orthodox Church. Find out how to support;

East London Fawcett Group (ELF) launched in June 2011 and are currently looking for volunteers for “Great East London Art Audit” research. For more info info please email

UK Feminista London Activist Group: UK Feminista has set up a new London-based feminist activist group. Over the coming year the group will be staging a series of creative, bold actions to challenge sexism and provide visible resistance where women’s rights are under threat. The group meets on the first Monday of each month.
Email to get get involved;


The Girls Are… Are- Our favourite music review website -are RECRUITING; Project Manager, Camera Ops and Albums Editor (All voluntary positions)

VV Collective Are you a female visual fine artist? Join VV members lounge, and sign up to their mailing-list to find out about open submissions for upcoming exhibitions.

Storm in a Teacup collective plan to put on some great feminist friendly art parties in 2012 so contact us  if you would like to get involved or collaborate.


3-5 May || Her Noise Archive Symposium @ Tate Modern A three day event investigating feminist discourses in sound, launching with a performance and talk by Pauline Oliveros.The event marks the donation of the Her Noise Archive to University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections housed at London College of Communication, and is realised as a collaboration between CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice), Electra and Tate.

5 May || NMR#15 The Sticks, Covergirl, Trash Kit @ Power Lunches, Dalston. 7pm onwards

12 May|| East London Fawcett Gallery Tour #2 @ TATE modern gallery. From 2pm onwards. Get involved with the East London Art Audit!

12 May || Where are the Women? @ Brunei Gallery SOAS “Where Are The Women?” will bring together many voices to discuss current issues that affect both students in the UK and women internationally. From the cuts to Higher Education in the UK, to international issues. Talks, debates and workshops.

12 May || Club Motherfucker @ The Shaklewell Arms. Featuring Hunx and his Punx plus Guests. £7.00. 5.30pm- 10.00pm.

12th May || *Club Leslie* Launch @ Dalston Superstore. Guests include: Trust. £5.00. 9pm-3pm FACEBOOK EVENT:

12th May || BAD REPUTATION  @ Resistance Gallery. Monthly disco for queers, riot grrrls, punx, and geeks. We play bedroom dancing songs for the socially awkward and the socially awesome. We play indie punk pop riot grrrl emo hip hop dance party hits. 9pm-2am £3 entry FACEBOOK EVENT:

15th May || Female Band, Goodbye Leopold, US Girls @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. 8pm. £6.00. Presented by Upset the Rhythm

17th May || Women Know Your Place @ Bush Theatre, W12 8LJ. WOMAN! know your place will be part of an exhibition about Women & Politics

18th May || Unskinny Bop @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Animal, mineral, spiritual, physical. £5 on the door (£3 with flyer / concession)

23 May || ELF:Talks POVERTY – with Rachel Reeves MP, Liz Truss MP, Guardian journalist Zoe Williams and Katharine Sacks Jones of Crisis. 7 pm : Aubin Gallery, 64-66 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch E2 7DP

25 May || The Map for Women: Politics & Media @ The Royal Academy of Arts part of the Jubilee Salons. 6.00pm. Producer Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and Diane Abbott MP debate the depiction of women in power in film, television, and the media.
MORE INFO:,2044,EV.html

26 May || All Work and Low Pay Exhibition @ The Women’s Library. FREE talk/tour. 12.00p-15.00pm.

27 May || CLIT ROCK Episode 2 @ The Lexington An event to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Bands: Throwing Up, Dana Jade, DJs, Visuals plus more!  FACEBOOK EVENT:


1 June || Fanny Pack @ The Waiting Room. Time Out recommended, 90s goodness! 10.00pm-4.00am. £3 before 11, £4 after 11

14th of June || Cycling for Women’s Suffrage @ The Women’s Library Dr. Sheila Hanlon discusses her research for the display and highlights some major issues in the gender politics of cycling past and present. Illustrated with materials from The Women’s Library collection. 7pm £8.00 or £6.00 concessions.

Over and Out,

Verity Flecknell
Storm in a Teacup
Feminist Arts Collective

SAVE The Women’s Library!

The most extensive collection of women’s history in the UK is under threat

Katie Allenwrites;

Author, comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig has spoken out about the threatened Women’s Library in east London, which is facing severe cuts.

The collection, which is based in a special building within London Metropolitan University, includes books and periodicals dating back to the 16th century, including first editions of novels by Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf and the Bronte sisters.

Toksvig, who has given talks at the library, said: “The Women’s Library is one of the most inspiring places in Britain. The collection is irreplaceable and having access to it should be a right for all.”

The museum also hosts hundreds of other printed items, letters, textiles and other objects pertaining to women’s history, including the papers of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who was famous for stepping in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, dying later from her injuries.

The university’s board of governors said the library will have to cut its opening hours to one day a week instead of five if a new home is not found for the archive.


CLIT ROCK | Episode 2 @ The Lexington

CLIT ROCK | Episode 2

Sunday 27th May 2012
7pm @ The Lexington


An event to raise awareness and funds for Daughters Of Eve an organisation committed to preventing and ultimately eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Feel Free to contact for mo’ info!
Please help us spread the word…

Live Bands:

Throwing Up

Dana Jade


Daughters of the Kaos (Club Motherfucker)

Spoken word Artist (TBC)

Video backdrop by Kimatica

£5 Tickets here:

Where Are the Women? Presented by SOAS @ Brunei Gallery

Where are the Women?

12 May 2012 – 13 May 2012

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Location Brunei Gallery

The UK has always been a hub for Women’s and Feminist campaigns. Recently women and men who believe in gender equality have been engaging more fully with debates on this issue, seeking solutions and taking part in activism. Such discussions have been vital in reigniting old campaigns such as Reclaim the Night, and kick starting new ones such as the recent Slutwalks. Issues once thought buried in the back of public consciousness are coming to the foreground. Students have proved vital to these campaigns but until now there has not been a space to bring together student voices in a student-led space.

On the 12th May SOAS will be hosting a cross-university, student-led Women’s conference.

“Where Are The Women?” will bring together many voices to discuss current issues that affect both students in the UK and women internationally. From the cuts to Higher Education in the UK, to international issues; to becoming aware of your surroundings and getting involved in some self-defense; to getting creative and displaying your feelings though something more hands on, “Where Are The Women?” plans to be the forum for students to voice their concerns and create debate. We hope to see you all there!

This event is FREE and open to all.

9.30am- Arrive door open, sign up for workshops and talks
10am- First talk- speakers TBC
11am- Women and the Egyptian Revolution a film by An Van Raemdonck (tbc)


11am- “Women in the media – underrepresentation and misrepresentation” Talk by and with Sofia Capel, journalist student at Kingston University (tbc)


11am- Caroline Smart “Zen Pussy Squeeze and Sound” a fun somatic workshop for all self identified women
11.50am- Break (if wanted)
12noon- John McLaverty from Oxfam talking about women in Sierra Leone Government


12noon- self protection class with Sue Frocks (finish 1.20pm)
Arts, including global map with women’s stories, and stalls will be on all day. Stalls from LFN, For’em magazine, WILPF, Women for Women International, Feminist Library and Oxfam

1pm- Lunch

2pm- Poetry and debate “Where are the women?”. Representatives from different universities talking about various issues and taking your points, arguments and debates.

4pm- Final talk- speaker TBC

Understanding Feminist Art in an International Frame @ The Women’s Library

Wednesday 16 May
11am – 4pm @ The Women’s Library


n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal has published more than 400 articles from women artists, writers, critics and curators from more than 50 countries around the world. The journals of n.paradoxa, are now available at The Women’s Library. This day includes a chance to browse the journals in an open reading session, and includes a chance to see 50 rare exhibition catalogues and books from around the world on feminist art. This will be followed by a talk from the editor, Katy Deepwell.

Booking Information

Her Noise @ TATE Modern

Her Noise @ TATE Modern
3 May – 5 May 2012

Her Noise brings together performances and a talk by Pauline Oliveros; an evening orbiting the legacy of Meredith Monk; and a day of talks and discussions with contributions by Ute Meta Bauer, Nina Power, Tara Rodgers and many more.

The events are realised as a collaboration between CRiSAP, Electra and Tate.


Artist Talk and Performance: Pauline Oliveros
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium
Thursday 3 May 2012, 19.00 – 21.30
£12, concessions available, book here:
Pioneering composer and performer Pauline Oliveros, who celebrates her 80th birthday this year, gives a solo performance and a talk entitled ‘Archiving the Future: The Embodiment Music of Women’, followed by a performance of her 1970 score ‘To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation’ in the Turbine Hall.

Film and performance: The Voice is a Language
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium
Friday 4 May 2012, 19.00 – 21.00
£5, book here
This performance and screening programme orbits the legacy of avant-garde pioneer Meredith Monk. Featuring work by artists Sophie Macpherson, James Richards, Cara Tolmie and Sue Tompkins and rarely seen films by Monk – curated by Isla Leaver-Yap.

Symposium: Feminisms and the Sonic
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium
Saturday 5 May 2012, 11.00 – 17.50
£20, concessions available, book here
Exploring and developing emergent feminist discourses in sound and music, whilst challenging standard readings and approaches to feminisms and the sonic, this symposium brings together contributions by musicians, artists, academics and writers, including Ute Meta Bauer, Sonia Boyce, Georgina Born, Viv Corringham, Lina Dzuverovic, Catherine Grant, Emma Hedditch, Anne Karpf, Cathy Lane, Kaffe Matthews, Anne Hilde Neset, Maggie Nichols, Nina Power, Tara Rodgers, Salomé Voegelin.

This programme marks the donation of the Her Noise Archive to the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections housed at London College of Communication, and is realised as a collaboration between CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice), Electra and Tate. For further information about please visit the Archives and Special Collections Centre.