Sheroes

Herstory done right.

Sheroes is committed to doing herstory right — reinterpreting and remixing the mythic woman-power that pervades digital and actual cultures, realizing new works from ephemeral and archival artifacts.

Above: A TL;DR version of the Sheroes series.

I founded the Toronto-based art project in the summer of 2011. The series began in July 2011 at NACO Gallery (RIP). It moved to the Beaver in January 2012, and ended in July 2012.

 Selective documentation of my cosplay performances from the series, in collaboration with Joanna Dell’Osso, Roxanne DeNobregaPorcelaine Desire, Kevin McVicar, John Taccone & Janet Vu. Photos taken by Tony Halmos. You can see the full documentation here.

The project presented immersive and participatory multimedia events that engaged audiences & communities in an exploration of the iconography and cultures of fandom surrounding the “League of Legendary Ladies”, an evolving group of female artists and performers, who, throughout their careers, have pushed boundaries and persevered with goddess-like strength.

Selective event GIF documentation from the series, featuring the Smack of the Hand nail art bar, a Lorna Mills animated GIF work,  a House of Monroe dancer & Bahia Watson. Event GIFs by Lorna Mills. For more, click here.

In its first year, the series commissioned on a monthly basis an inaugural programme of on and offline performances, sounds, installations and visuals that focused on such musical icons as Yoko OnoMadonnaErykah BaduDolly Parton and Grace Jones. It included a cross-section of diverse and eclectic performers, such as the Juno Award-winning dub poet Lillian Allen, Colombian performing artist Lido Pimienta (KU DE TA Records), electronic artist U.S. Girls (Fat Cat Records) and vogueing crew House of Monroe.

Sheroes was a hub for a myriad of Canadian and international contemporary artists featuring frenetic assemblages of performance artsoundsGIF and GIF-based video artinstallations, DIY projects and various activities. Our site-specific, two-channel video projections of stunning digital animations involved a sizable coterie of established and emerging new media artists.

Selective documentation from Virtual Season, featuring public art installations by Kristen McCrea & En Masse, performances from Ada Dahli, Lemon Bucket Orkestra & Kids On TV, and commissioned GIF works by Blinking Girls & Gaby Cepeda. Photos by Tony Halmos. Event GIF by Lorna Mills. For more documentation, click here.

Our inaugural series closed in July 2012 with Virtual Season, an all-day and night arts & music festival co-presented with Artist-Run Centre Whippersnapper Gallery. A culminating presentation of new and past works, the closing event featuring a stellar line-up of local bands and performers as well as international artists at two venues in Toronto’s Kensington Market during a Pedestrian Sunday.

All events were brainstormed and archived online, uniting digital communities with real-time audiences in an ongoing examination into fan culture and collaborative content creation.

The Sheroes Collective

Exhibitions (So Far)

2012

  • Sheroes: Virtual Season, a day and night art and music festival co-presented with Whippersnapper Gallery, Cecil Street Community Centre and backlot of El Gordo Foods, for P.S. Kensington, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #12: Nina Simone, site-specific multimedia installations and collaborative performances event, The Beaver, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield, site-specific multimedia installations and collaborative performances event, The Beaver, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #10: Grace Jones, site-specific multimedia installations and collaborative performances event, The Beaver, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton, site-specific multimedia installations and collaborative performances event, The Beaver, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #8: Marianne Faithfull, site-specific multimedia installations and collaborative performances event, The Beaver, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #7: Etta James, site-specific multimedia installations and collaborative performances event, The Beaver, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #6: Erykah Badu, site-specific multimedia installations and collaborative performances event, The Beaver, Toronto, ON.

2011

  • Sheroes #5: Yoko Ono, site-specific multimedia installations and collaborative performances event, NACO Gallery, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #4: Madonna, site-specific multimedia installations and collaborative performances event, NACO Gallery, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #3: Tina Turner, site-specific multimedia installation and collaborative performances event, NACO Gallery, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #2: Chaka Khan, collaborative performances event, NACO Gallery, Toronto, ON.
  • Sheroes #1: Joni Mitchell, collaborative performances event, NACO Gallery, Toronto, ON.

Catalogue

2012

Bibliography

2012

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