Sheroes

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Sheroes was a monthly limited-run art party series that brought together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and cultures of fandom surrounding the "League of Legendary Ladies": Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Marianne Faithfull, Dolly Parton, Grace Jones, Dusty Springfield & Nina Simone.


Sheroes is presented by salonnière reeraw (Rea McNamara). Based in Toronto, the series curates specially commissioned performances, sounds, installations & visuals.


All Sheroes events are brainstormed and archived online at fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com, uniting digital communities with real-time audiences in an ongoing exploration into fan culture and collaborative content creation.


Virtual Season — our culminating presentation of new and past Sheroes on/offline works & performances — is currently gearing into its first international reunion tour. We will be announcing soon tour dates. (If you would like to book a Sheroes event, please contact us.)


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I like the relationship to fandom that you talk about, but I think one thing that is pretty interesting about Sheroes is that often you have artists with very little relationship with a celebrity’s image or work contributing. It’s sort of posing as the actions of fans, but really it’s something else, or maybe it’s positioned as fandom.

Next part of a series of posts focusing on the Sheroes event series is up on Triangulation Blog!

Click for “an email dialogue between (founder) Rea McNamara,  (curator and participating artist) Lorna Mills and (participating artist) Andrew Benson.”

(via sheroesvirtualseason)

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Many thanks to Kevin Ritchie of NOW for the Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield write-up, as well as featuring Sally McKay's wonderful GIF from our Collective Lesbo Consciousness group GIF show. http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/music/story.cfm?content=187569

Many thanks to Kevin Ritchie of NOW for the Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield write-up, as well as featuring Sally McKay's wonderful GIF from our Collective Lesbo Consciousness group GIF show.

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[GIF] Pink Wash, Ch 1/? (Dusty/Carole, G)

reeraw:

hi, first time posting. hope you like! and many thx to my beta reader nancy bocock. couldn’t have done it w/out ya gurrrrl!!!111

Title: Pink Wash (1/?)
Author: reeraw
Fandom+Sheroes 
Pairing: Dusty/Carole
Rating: G
Warning#collectivelesboconsciousness, suggestive BDSM, genderswap, panda eyes
Summary: What happened after the Rough Trade farewell concert.

Rea McNamara’s GIF for The Collective Lesbo Consciousness group GIF show at Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield.

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Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield (Pride Edition) http://www.facebook.com/events/249654491809764/permalink/249724425136104/

Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield (Pride Edition)

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Silk Degrees (Tony Halmos) & Lavish Bat (Se Ye). Photo by Rea McNamara. Event GIF by Lorna Mills.

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Rea McNamara’s GIF for Les post-Gendered et les autres group GIF show at Sheroes #10: Grace Jones.

Rea McNamara’s GIF for Les post-Gendered et les autres group GIF show at Sheroes #10: Grace Jones.

(Source: reeraw)

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If you live in Toronto, pick up Offerings Magazine for their Q&A w/Sheroes salonnière reeraw. Many thanks to Kristel Jax for the insightful dialogue.

(They asked that we make the below mixtape for ‘em, based on a particular discussion in the interview regarding “unrepentantly fucked up” lady anti-heroes.)

Related: [mixtape] Mythic Woman Power Chorus Mixtape

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Ask A Sheroes Stan: Brad Horvath Finally Answers Super Important Dolly Parton Q’s

I died and went to Dollywood…on Monday! No kidding. Now I’m back and needless to say, I can’t wait for Sheroes tonight!”

Earlier this month, we were proud to launch our Sheroes Stan residency, a program that connects aca-fan knowledge and wisdom to the vastly growing motley crew that of international and local artists that are regularly involved with Sheroes each month.

Related: [meta talk] Lorna Mills Triangulation Blog Interview

For Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton, we were so glad to invite documentary filmmaker (and certifiable Dollite) Brad Horvath.

Brad — who was blogging over at Indiewire this week about the 2012 Nashville Film Festival — is someone who is incredibly within six degrees of Dolly. And mind blown! Did something really C000OOOL with his fannish-ness. In 2009, he made a documentary called The Book Lady regarding Dolly’s Imagination Library and her ongoing literacy advocacy work. (He was also just at Dollywood on Monday, but somehow still found the time in the midst of that pixie dust and butterflies to answer our burning fan q’s!)

Click below for the full interview, in which Horvath illuminates on the significance of butterflies, whether Dolly’s disco catalogue is really worth getting into and how she was responsible for Buffy The Vampire Slayer. (And if you’re in Toronto tonight, you can meet Brad at Sheroes #9 and ask him any Q’s we didn’t get answered!)

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reeraw:

“Dolly/Carl” for Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton by Rea McNamara (2012). Come!

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Tell us a bit about your latest or ongoing project. What about Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton? 


First of all, Sheroes is the invention of the extremely generous and multi-talented salonnière, Rea McNamara. It’s a monthly limited-run performance event series that frolics in the aesthetic playground of media fandom such as fan fiction, fan art, fan videos, fan costume play etc. http://fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com/tagged/sheroes-9%3A-dolly-parton



Rea had already produced the first two in the series, when she approached me about programming projections of animated gifs. I admit that I was unsure of the project at first, there’s a part of me that cringed at expressions like ‘sheroes’, ‘herstory’ and ‘mythic female’, all that debased coinage from a previous generation of feminists, but she won me over when I saw how she was embracing it with so much smart humour and energy. I think we only invited about six artists for the first gif projections, but they were so enthusiastic after seeing the event documentation that I got the confidence up to invite more gif artists to participate. Eventually Rea just left the GIF aspect of the events in my hands. What we now have is an ever expanding crew of gif makers, (we are up to 29 for Sheroes #9) that includes many well known active net-artists, as well as younger artists, both male and female, from all over the world. Previously, my own taste in exhibitions/events was more towards small tightly focussed curatorials. Inviting serious artists to participate in fan culture has had some surprising results, though no one should be surprised that serious artists want to do their best work no matter what, or that the work gets better and better. 
http://www.triangulationblog.com/2012/04/lorna-mills.html
Tell us a bit about your latest or ongoing project. What about Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton? 
First of all, Sheroes is the invention of the extremely generous and multi-talented salonnière, Rea McNamara. It’s a monthly limited-run performance event series that frolics in the aesthetic playground of media fandom such as fan fiction, fan art, fan videos, fan costume play etc. http://fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com/tagged/sheroes-9%3A-dolly-parton
Rea had already produced the first two in the series, when she approached me about programming projections of animated gifs. I admit that I was unsure of the project at first, there’s a part of me that cringed at expressions like ‘sheroes’, ‘herstory’ and ‘mythic female’, all that debased coinage from a previous generation of feminists, but she won me over when I saw how she was embracing it with so much smart humour and energy. I think we only invited about six artists for the first gif projections, but they were so enthusiastic after seeing the event documentation that I got the confidence up to invite more gif artists to participate. Eventually Rea just left the GIF aspect of the events in my hands. What we now have is an ever expanding crew of gif makers, (we are up to 29 for Sheroes #9) that includes many well known active net-artists, as well as younger artists, both male and female, from all over the world. Previously, my own taste in exhibitions/events was more towards small tightly focussed curatorials. Inviting serious artists to participate in fan culture has had some surprising results, though no one should be surprised that serious artists want to do their best work no matter what, or that the work gets better and better. 
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