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Workshop ‘Dismantling Patriarchy Using Jedi Mind Tricks’

– ‘Flopi’ (Buenos Aires, Argentina) & Laura Synthesis (London, UK)

‘Flower’ & Laura welcome males, trans, intersex, females and all those who identify with the women’s cause in quest for sex/gender equality to this workshop. We will delve into the Dark Side and beyond in an attempt to deconstruct, resignify and integrate sex/gender. The ultimate aims of the workshop will be experience-sharing, awareness-raising, empowerment, mental enhancement, innermosttransformation and collaborative endeavor so that we can keep on tracing the lines of a future -HERE AND NOW- we are so dearly longing for.

This Vort’n Vis event was for International Women’s Day, and ‘Flopi’, my Argentian friend, and I did a workshop. But I can’t remember anything about it now except that we all sat in a circle on the floor, people made contributions and at the end we did a nice evaluation where people wrote their feedback on bits of paper that were put together to make a flower. I really don’t remember much else of this V.V. event but I think you’re right, that Isabella did an acoustic set. If the programme from the event turns up, I’ll scan it…

Laura W. Synthesis zine and distribution (London); used to put on gigs as the x dot cotton grrrls crew x

At that time I was living in Göttingen [Germany] and would go to Gent [Belgium] on the weekends to visit my friend Bartje Praet [zine-maker]. Not sure how I ended up at the V.V. to be honest… I was 18 at the time. I improvised an accoustic set. There were maybe 15 people there.

Isabella Gargiulo, bassplayer of ‘Dominatrix’ (São Paulo, Brazil)

Maria-Florencia Kais (from Buenos Aires, Argentina) used to be the singer for the all-female Argentinian straight-edge hardcore band ‘Venus GenetriXXX’ (featured on the Emancypunx – Polish label ran by Jenni Ramme – compilation x The Sisterhood x) and is a political activist. She’s also a DJ at Salón Pueyrredón, an anarcho-punk club in Buenos Aires (as DJane Mary Flower).

My friend Laura W. was the editor of the feminist straight-edge zine Synthesis and ran a distro (zines and books) in the second half of the 90s, she was also active in London anarchist women’s collectives and co-ran the London Social Centre Network. Later they did a workshop entitled ‘Dismantling Patriarchy Using Jedi Mind Tricks’, at the Noc Walpurgis Fest in Warsaw (invited by Jenni). The aim of that workshop was to get men thinking and talking about how they are affected negatively by patriarachy.


excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…


interviews: Kristof Mondy, Vincent Tetaert / camera: Bert Degraeve

put on-line by Vincent Tetaert

(in West-Flemish, no subtitles)

1/ interview with Hans Verbeke (includes ‘Blindfold’ @ Vort’n Vis ’97)

2/ interview with Hans Verbeke (includes ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Vort’n Vis ’91 * ‘Spineless’ @ Ieperfest ’99)

3/ interview with Hans Verbeke (includes ‘Liar’ @ Vort’n Vis ’98?)

4/ interview with Joost Noyelle (includes ‘Congress’ & ‘Wheel Of Progress’ @ Joost’s bakery, Langemark ’92-93?)

5/ interview with Joost Noyelle (includes ‘Congress’ @ Dilsen ’95)

6/ interview with Dominiek Denolf (includes ‘Shortsight’ @ Joost’s bakery, Langemark ’92-93? * ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Vort’n Vis 92-12-20)

7/ interview with Dominiek Denolf (includes ‘Solid’ @ Beselare ’95? * ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Pedro’s garage ’97 * ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Vort’n Vis ’97)

8/ interview with Dominiek Denolf (includes ‘Nations On Fire’ @ Bissegem ’98 * ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Vort’n Vis ’97)

Vort'n Vis front

Some people might not realize that besides the regular hardcore/punk shows there was a hell of a lot more going on at the Vort’n Vis. When there were no gigs, the bar was also open for the local ‘alternative’ crowd. And sometimes people (punx or other) who were travelling through Europe ended up there because they wanted to check out the place (not necessarily to see bands). They’d heard about it by hearsay or read about in publications like e.g. Book Your Own Fucking Life…

I stayed at the Vort’n Vis in 1996 on a bike-trip across Europe with a friend. We had only been biking for a few weeks at that point. A short stay in heaven! We were the only ones staying there at the time; there were dry beds (vs. rain), we ate hot food and met really generous/ cool/ interesting people. There was a radio powered by an onion and someone there [Jan Claus] worked at an observatory and took us at night to look through telescopes. I thought the horrible mattress someone mentioned earlier were great… and so was pretty much everything about the people and place.
I was just looking through an old sketchbook/ journal and read some things I wrote about my stay there…which was amazing. My friend knew of the space – I can’t remember how – we didn’t get to see anyone play.
My travel-partner was Adam. I knew him from Boston, where I lived at the time. But he was from Poland. We’re both from the punk-scene, I grew up in the punk-scene in Memphis (Tennessee). Nowadays I organise a small show-space (called Lalaland) in Fayetteville (Arkansas) where I live. I’m a painter…
Stephanie Pierce (

 excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 96-09-09 - (book C) traveller Stephanie Pierce (C)

VV 96-09-09 - (book C) traveller Adam W (C)

93-10-03 Shortsight-Blidfold tour93 tourpasstour-pass (kindly donated by Chat’n)

93-10-03 Shortsight-Blindfold tour93 (Superfluous1)tour-schedule; from Superfluous #1

93-10-03 Shortsight-Blidfold tour93 drawing (Superfluous1)drawing; from Superfluous #1 (zine done by Françoise ‘Hazel’ Lepers, ‘Shortsight’ guitarist):

Wim Vandekerckhove – David ‘Mong’ Dumont, Kurt Deprez, Hans Verbeke, Sacha ‘Chatn’ Baelen, Françoise ‘Hazel’ Lepers, Saskia Verbeke, Bjorn Lescouhier, Jan ‘Harai’ Maelfait

93-10-03 Shortsight collage by Saskia (Sweet Me 1)collage from Sweet Me #1 (zine done by Saskia Verbeke, ‘Shortsight’ singer)

[tour-report available for those involved…]

This was a few months before they played at the Vort’n Vis with ‘Four Walls Falling’ (93-10-03)…

The Vort’n Vis…for young an old… Wonder who he (the kid, not Kurt) was a fan of? [94-08-06] (pic donated by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

97-08-15&16&17 * Hardcore – the Next Generation festival (source unknown)

the audience during the performance of ‘Go!’ [91-06-08] (by Karl Penando)

discoparty after a fest [93-05-01]… Rudee P & Alec Mac showing off their silly dance-moves ;-) (by Karl Penando)

93-05-01 Alec Mac raving…more Alec Mac raving… (courtesy of the ‘Sedition’ lads)

Leed ’95 crowd relaxing outside the V.V. on the Kiekenmarkt (By Ivan Brun)

That’s entertainment… A DIY beer-can catapult ;-) (shot by Ivan Brun)

the AJC (autonomous youth centre) Vort’n Vis in the 90s… Kiekenmarkt 7 (pic kindly donated by Williy ‘Hiatus’)

99-06-25 Jan C. contemplating the Vort’n Vis

‘shitworkers’ Jan (nicknamed ‘Doomy’) – Bruno – Kathy (pic donated by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

‘shitworkers’ Wim – Hans – Chat’n (‘Blindfold’) (pic donated by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

‘shitworkers’ Kurt (‘Shortsight’) – Edward (‘Nations On Fire’) attending the bar, more or less… (pic donated by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

‘brothers’ Dieter Roelstraete & Klaas Hardeman runnin’ the bar (early 90s)

‘Doomy’, the ever conscientious shitworker, cleaning up YOUR mess after a festival… (photo courtesy of Martin Vantomme)

Jan Claus @ VVJan ‘Doomy’ Claus, the Vort’n Vis upstairs room…

Jan ‘Doomy’ Claus a.k.a. Jan’ll-fix-it repairing a window with some ‘support’ of Michael M.

Distro-stalls during Leed ’95 (pic by Ivan Brun) [Joeri H. spending his hard-earned money…]

Marleen (?; see comment) (photographed by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

French visitors at Leed ’95; with Bumpy (white t-shirt) from ‘Sea Shepherd’ (Orléans), died in a car-accident in 1997… [the alley opposite of the V.V.] (photo by Ivan Brun)

friends having fun (Azill ‘Hiatus’, Stef DL, Annabel)

Inge C. & Michael M. (‘Carcer Molochi’, ‘Link’) in the V.V. catacombs (they eventually got married in 2012)

Wim (‘Blindfold’) & ‘Macca’ (Mark Wilkinson); pic by Vique Martin (’95)

Greg & Yannick @ Vort'n VisGreg & Yannick ‘PikPik’ Moulière

2 ‘frequent flyers’ (Leed fest 1995): Wim De Leersnijder & Gratiën V.

friends from the Lille area: Karine ‘React’ & Benoit Hanssens



H8000 fascist attitude (VV mural)

VV upstairs (Valerie Afschrift)VV upstairs' (Valerie Afschrift)VV upstairs'' (Valerie Afschrift)impression of the ‘upstairs-room’ by Valerie Afschrift

VV fridge‘fridge’

toiletdoor 1999


We fought the law and…

Leed festival Sep ’95 – the cops wanted to interrogate a guy who did graffiti or tore down a traffic-sign; they feared the situation would get out of hand because the crowd was so big… (pics by Ivan Brun)

Hello World!

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Today Vort’n Vis co-founder Jan Claus came over with the first guest-books!

From now I will post excerpts from it to hopefully get you all to contribute…

Need all the help/info I can get!