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.)
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.
»» PERFORMANCES «« [#MúsicaGlamurosaDramática] LIDO PIMIENTA [#DubPoetry] LILLIAN ALLEN [#GypsyPunk] LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA [#Folk] THE WEATHER STATION [#LadyKillerOutkasts] BIZZARH [#SoulFolk] ADA DAHLI [#PerformanceArt] BASIL ALZERI [#SoundPoetry] ZOË ALEXIS-ABRAMS [#PositiveVibrations] DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE
»» SOUNDS «« [#Chunes] DJ NOLOVES [#Chunes] DJ EL MACHETERO
»» INSTALLATIONS «« [#SheroesRings] BARBIE’S BASEMENT JEWELLERY [#VirtualSeasonMas] BRIANNA MCCARTHY [#NailArtBar] SMACK OF THE HAND [#LeagueOfLegendaryLadiesEffigies] KIRSTEN MCCREA
»» PERFORMANCES «« [#EternalHopeInTheFaceOfEverydayDespair] MARKER STARLING (the artist formerly known as MANTLER) [#ApocalypticallyGay] KIDS ON TV [#MusicMakingMagicalMushroom] LAL [#Vogue] HOUSE OF MONROE
»» SOUNDS «« [#Chunes] DJ COZMIC CAT
»» INSTALLATIONS «« [#OutdoorShrine] ULYSSES CASTELLANOS [#IndoorShrine] RUSIKO [#SheroesRings] BARBIE’S BASEMENT JEWELLERY [#NailArtBar] SMACK OF THE HAND [#LeagueOfLegendaryLadiesEffigies] KIRSTEN MCCREA
»» VISUALS «« [#GIFs] ADAM HARMS / BLINKING GIRLS (EMILIE GERVAIS & SARAH WEIS) / GABY CEPEDA / ROLLIN LEONARD [#ReunionTour] LORNA MILLS curates the greatest hits from Sheroes’ past group GIF shows [#VJ] INFINITY DOSE
Virtual Season is an all-day & night art and music festival in the vein of the Ancient Greek theatre festivals or the Latin American Saint Days. Featuring a stellar line-up of local bands and international artists, a frenetic assemblage of performance art, music, GIF and GIF-based video art, DIY projects and various activities will reinterpret and remix the mythic woman-power that pervades digital and actual cultures.
Virtual Season is the gala closing event of Sheroes’ 2011/2012 programming series, which brings together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and fan culture surrounding the “League of Legendary Ladies”. The Toronto event will be co-presented with Artist-Run Centre Whippersnapper, which supports the work of new generation Canadian visual, new media and performance artists.
Sheroes’ pre-internet-isms go further. McNamara calls herself Sheroes’ “salonnière,” bringing to mind modernist figures like Gertrude Stein and Natalie Barney and the avant-garde movements they helped propagate. Sheroes’ latest project, Virtual Season , takes the concept full circle. An all-day, all-night outdoor and indoor extravaganza, co-presented by Whippersnapper Gallery, Virtual Season marks the end of Sheroes’ first run. Here, all of the Sheroes—Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Marianne Faithfull, Dolly Parton, Grace Jones, Dusty Springfield and Nina Simone—converge. The women are conjured by McNamara and various performers in a kind of séance of the dead and absent, recalling pagan and Christian festivals from Ancient Egypt and Greece to present-day Africa and Latin America. The worship is charged and cultish: snobbish, one might say. But it is also radically interpretive and fan-positive. Sheroes wants to liberate, and represents the liberation of, those who really get it.
It will be part of a series of posts focusing on the Sheroes event series, which will include “an email dialogue between (founder) Rea McNamara, (curator and participating artist) Lorna Mills and (participating artist) Andrew Benson. Also we will have several individually interviews from different participating artists involved in SHEROES!!”
Virtual Season is an all-day & night art and music festival in the vein of the Ancient Greek theatre festivals or the Latin American Saint Days. Featuring a stellar line-up of local bands and international artists, a frenetic assemblage of performance art, music, GIF and GIF-based video art, DIY projects and various activities will reinterpret and remix the mythic celebrity worship that pervades digital and actual cultures.
If you’re keen to keep up with the end of Sheroes, you’ll be excited know that this month will not only culminate with our closing event, Sheroes #12: Nina Simone (Thursday, July 26), but also our massive gala closing all-day and night art & music festival that we’re co-presenting with local Artist-Run Centre Whippersnapper (Sunday, July 29).