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outofthekitchenarchive:

AN INCOMPLETE LOOK AT PARTICIPANTS IN FEMINIST ONLINE ART MOVEMENT(S):

SOLIDARITY GROUPS
ArtAndFeminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon (2)
artfem.tv
Bunny Collective
Dames Making Games
Everyday Sexism Project
FACES
FEMICOM Museum
FemTechNet
futurefemmes
Hollaback!
Queer Technologies
[secret girl group]
Stop Street Harassment
The Feminist Art Project

PUBLICATIONS:
.dpi Journal of Feminist Art and Digital Culture
A CUPS podcast

Bluestockings Magazine

Girls Get Busy
Girls of the Internet Museum
Illuminati Girl Gang
Shabby Doll House
The Rise of the Videogame Zinesters

SYMPATHIZERS/INSTITUTIONAL TIES:
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, NYC
Franklin Furnace Archive
Rhizome at the New Museum
Transfer Gallery

VISUAL ARTISTS/DESIGNERS/FACILITATORS/ETC:
Morehshin Allahyari
Alma Alloro
Kari Altmann

Kaja Cxzy Andersen
Anna Anthropy
Bad Dominicana (Zahira Kelly)
Genevieve Belleveau
Hannah Black
Gaby Cepeda
Jennifer Chan
Petra Collins
Samantha Conlon
Jesse Darling
Stephanie Davidson
Kate Durbin
Hannah Epstein
Suzon Fuks
Carla Gannis
Emilie Gervais
Deanna Havas
Hannah Heilmann
Ann Hirsch
Faith Holland­
Erica Lapadat Janzen
Miranda July
Rosemary Kirton
merrit kopas
Elisa Kreisinger
Olia Lialina
Rea McNamara
Lorna Mills
New York Times Feminist Reading Group
Not in the Kitchen Anymore (Jenny Haniver)
Marisa Olson
Party Time! Hexcellent! (Rachel Weil)
Sunita Prasad
Bunny Rogers
Anita Sarkeesian
Molly Soda
Evelin Stermitz
subRosa
Amber Hawk Swanson
Martine Syms
Katie Torn
Addie Wagenknecht
Saoirse Wall
Angela Washko
Faith Wilding
Caroline Woolard

WRITERS:
Leigh Alexander
Ana Cecilia Alvarez
Gabby Bess
Megan Boyle
Melissa Broder
Marie Calloway
Ana Carrete
Andrea Coates
Amanda Hess
Frank Hinton
Marina Galperina
Mira Gonzalez
Lucy K Shaw
Rachel Rabbit White
Jenny Zhang

CURATORS/CONTEXTUALIZERS/ORGANIZERS:
Karen Archey
Lisa Cartwright
Lauren Cornell
Rozsa Zita Farkas
Liz Losh
Jacqueline Mabey
Laurel Ptak
Zoë Salditch
Astria Suparak

Making Art in the Feminist Ghetto

seemstween:

I woke up this morning to a message from Ana. She was writing an article about gURLs, the group show I was in a few weeks ago, and looking for advice. From its title, gURLs, curated by Zoe Salditch, makes no attempts to mask its intents. gURLs was a night of performances from and for girls on the internet. Performers included Ann Hirsch, Bunny Rogers, Jenny Zhang, Rachel Rabbit White, Angela Washko, and Kate Durbin. The event had minimal press blurbs across selected art blogs, a self-selected group in itself, and was made even more elitist with the caveat ‘invitation only’ written on the bottom of the official press release for the show so that no men would sneak in (although they tried).

gURLs is an evening of performance and readings exclusively for those who identify along the feminine spectrum. The event will feature multimedia performances by emerging and significant artists and poets who’s practices are preoccupied with female identity, girlness and technology.

A generation of women have come of age on the internet – While women before us had to seek to find information or support, we’ve been able to access one another through our internet connections. 

The gURLs mission is to create a safe space to explore and strengthen connections between women online and off. Let’s celebrate these bonds through performance and poetry. 

The audience will be exclusively women/those who identify along the female spectrum and by invitation only.

With these factors in mind it seems obvious that the show did not function to broaden the audience of any of the performers outside of the small circle of women that are clued in to the ever smaller circle of women that are creating Feminist Art within the context of the internet. Women who are making work that is unabashedly feminine for other women.

I was instantly reminded, as I am often reminded, of a tweet from Ann Hirsch, one of the performers at gURLs. To me, Ann’s work is for women. Hirsch tweeted, and I instantly favorited then reweeted and then screen-shotted and then blogged, “no1 wants to be in the ‘feminist art ghetto’ except for me bcus i don’t think it’s a ghetto. i think it’s a pretty nice place to be.’

Hirsch creates video and performance art pieces that work intimately with subverting and examining the relationship between the watched and the watcher – the watched typically being Ann and the watcher typically being a male observer. Though the observer is male in her interactional pieces – such as in her YouTube project Scandalicious, her short story Temple, which chronicles a fictionalized account of her brief stint as a cam-girl, or in her new performance piece Playground, starting October 4th at the New Museum, that outlines a brief affair she had with 27 year old when she was 12 over AOL Instant Messenger – the intended audience is ultimately female-identified. Her works position a female protagonist who navigates situations that are specifically female. She creates work that is not only subjugated to the ‘Feminist Art Ghetto’ but work whose sole destination is the ‘Feminist Art Ghetto’ because it thrives there. Where Hirsch’s art, and the art of the performers at gURLs live, is a cozy little place where it is assumed that the audience would Get It and intimately relate.

In her message to me this morning Ana said,

this gURLs piece is flowing out slowly. its weird though feeling like i have to legitimize “art by women for women” before i can even begin to talk about the event. like i open the piece by saying, “its okay to be a Female Artist with a capital F”

At that moment I also realized that yeah, it is weird to try to legitimize and contextualize my hyper-feminist – often  hyper-sexual, voyeuristic, and perverse – work to an outsider audience. An audience that doesn’t immediately understand why I’m so obsessed with the idea of the Perverse Female in my writing or, as I’ve tried to explain it, the female Henry Miller. When Jenny Zhang performed that night she approached the center of the room in a baby blue ballet outfit and handed out her favorite books written by female authors to the audience. When she sat down, cross-legged, the sparkly tulle of her dress spread out to cover her thighs as she opened up a pink and lilac Barbie vanity. She adorned her face with butterfly stickers and invited the audience to join her. Then she started to recite her poem: a story about shaving her pubic hair for the first time when a man emailed her asking if he could watch and take pictures of the act and in return he would pay her. She recited this poem while glittering her body and adorning her play-set vanity with small stickers.

I think that post-internet feminist art has made a point to be overtly feminine and kitch and to use those tropes subversively. The feminine mixed with the gross. The feminine mixed with the unsettling, making it less passive and more subversive. To an outsider audience, a voice that is aggressively feminine may seem foreign or alienating because it positions the male as the other, whereas the male, traditionally, has been held up as the universal. Here I am reminded of another quote, from Virginia Woolf, who was holding it down for women a century ago, “I detest the masculine point of view. I am bored by his heroism, virtue, and honour. I think the best these men can do is not talk about themselves anymore.”

Sometimes I secretly take pride in making Female Art (with a capital F) that I don’t intend for men or that I don’t think men would intimately understand. It’s hard for me to remember that not everyone is in the ‘Feminist Art Ghetto’ The Magical Land of Feminist Art though I encourage people to come in and check out all of its splendors. 

seemstween:

I wrote a piece for Chris Higg’s Authors on Artists series on his art blog, Bright Stupid Confetti. 
"I Am Not The Girlfriend of An Artist. I Am The Artist." 
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@TheNewAnnHirsch
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partywitch:

If you live in NYC come to my opening August 9th 
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