Sheroes

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

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Lillian Allen at Sheroes #10: Grace Jones. Event GIFs by Lorna Mills. Click here to see all 14(!) of ‘em via her G+.

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Congrats to Sheroic GIF artists Emilio Gomariz, Rollin Leonard, Sally McKay, Lorna Mills & Yoshi Sodeoka on their involvement in the Born in 1987: The Animated GIF exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery.
The exhibit — which explores the “overlooked image format” — launches the Gallery’s new digital programme. The works will screen on The Wall, a new 2.7 x 3m Sharp video wall that is situated on the Gallery’s ground floor and visible to everyone visiting the building as well as those passing by on the street.
Above is a screen shot of The Guardian's video on the gallery’s re-opening, which features for a few frames Yoshi Sodeoka’s "Infinite Parton", a GIF work that was initially commissioned for Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton's The Light Crust Dough Boys & Girls group GIF show that was curated by Lorna Mills.

Congrats to Sheroic GIF artists Emilio Gomariz, Rollin Leonard, Sally McKay, Lorna Mills & Yoshi Sodeoka on their involvement in the Born in 1987: The Animated GIF exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery.

The exhibit — which explores the “overlooked image format” — launches the Gallery’s new digital programme. The works will screen on The Wall, a new 2.7 x 3m Sharp video wall that is situated on the Gallery’s ground floor and visible to everyone visiting the building as well as those passing by on the street.

Above is a screen shot of The Guardian's video on the gallery’s re-opening, which features for a few frames Yoshi Sodeoka’s "Infinite Parton", a GIF work that was initially commissioned for Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton's The Light Crust Dough Boys & Girls group GIF show that was curated by Lorna Mills.

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Emilio Gomariz's GIFs for Sheroes #9.

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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. 
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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. 
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Emilio Gomariz's animated GIF for Sheroes #8: Marianne Faithfull.

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Sheroes #8: Marianne Faithfull — The Global GIF Aristocracy (von Sacher-Masoch Line) http://fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com/tagged/global-GIF-aristocracy

Sheroes #8: Marianne FaithfullThe Global GIF Aristocracy (von Sacher-Masoch Line)

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JACOPO VECCHIO AT THE WAG:

Dear friends,The WAG - Widget Art Gallery, is pleased to shows a site-specific artwork of Jacopo Vecchio. About the artwork: “Always loved metaphysic, surrealism and non-existent spaces, in whicheverybody strangely, can enter. Not assure the crow that is flying out from the IPhone it’s the same that re-enter from the window…” JacopoVecchio https://www.facebook.com/Jaart.StudioAbout the WAG:The “WAG” is nano virtual gallery-room I developed for IPhone, IPod Touch and I Pad. Every month, directly on your mobile, The “WAG” hostsa solo digital art exhibition related to the dynamic site-specific contest.

Pleased that Italian new media artist Chiara Passa will be joining our Global GIF Aristocracy (as always, credit Sheroes curator Lorna Mills for the brilliant Group GIF Show titles) for Sheroes #8.
Other new aristocratic GIFers that have been invited to the Sheroes #8 fold: multidisciplinary artist Georges Jacotey (Copenhagen), visual artist Manuel Fernández (Madrid), digital media artist/Triangulation Blog founder Emilio Gomariz (London) & Eva Papamargariti. http://rhizome.org/announce/events/58128/view/

JACOPO VECCHIO AT THE WAG:

Dear friends,

The WAG - Widget Art Gallery, is pleased to shows a site-specific artwork of Jacopo Vecchio. About the artwork: “Always loved metaphysic, surrealism and non-existent spaces, in which
everybody strangely, can enter. Not assure the crow that is flying out from the IPhone it’s the same that re-enter from the window…” Jacopo
Vecchio https://www.facebook.com/Jaart.Studio

About the WAG:

The “WAG” is nano virtual gallery-room I developed for IPhone, IPod Touch and I Pad. Every month, directly on your mobile, The “WAG” hosts
a solo digital art exhibition related to the dynamic site-specific contest.

Pleased that Italian new media artist Chiara Passa will be joining our Global GIF Aristocracy (as always, credit Sheroes curator Lorna Mills for the brilliant Group GIF Show titles) for Sheroes #8.

Other new aristocratic GIFers that have been invited to the Sheroes #8 fold: multidisciplinary artist Georges Jacotey (Copenhagen), visual artist Manuel Fernández (Madrid), digital media artist/Triangulation Blog founder Emilio Gomariz (London) & Eva Papamargariti.

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