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THE WEIRD GIRLS PROJECT

Net stroll: 7th of June 2012

“The Weird Girls Project” is an Icelandic art collective that brings girls together to participate in an unknown conceptual multimedia mission known as an “episode.” Each episode consists of a video set to music and a photo shoot, which can be seen on the net. Since 2007, the project has birthed fifteen episodes, including three “specials.” The project is a brain child of Kitty Von Sometime, a DJ and a concept artist, originally from the UK.

EPISODE 15: BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP (2012)

… The performance was much harder and more brutal for the participating women and for Kitty herself as a director. The cast and crew consisted of 60 people and the location was an old fishmeal factory, extremely cold, foul smelling and damp. The women’s boundaries and self acceptance were pushed until they were raw so that the element of the piece could be accurately captured …

— Read the full description here

SPECIAL EPISODE: UN WOMAN (2011)

… UNIFEM Iceland approached Kitty to produce a piece to celebrate the organisation joining forces with other institutions to become UN Women. After discussing the issues encompassed in this work this special episode drew its visual focus from the themes ‘Women supporting women’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Giving women a stronger voice’…

— Read the full description here

EPISODE 1: NEON FAME AND THE LAST SUPPER (2007)

… The first episode of The Weird Girls Project was somewhat of an experiment. At this stage there was no plan to make this into a series, it was concentrating on the event itself and the media produced was a record of the event …

— Read the full description here

About the project:

The Weird Girls Project is an ongoing art experiment created and produced concept artist Kitty Von-Sometime. It evolves ‘Episode’ by ‘Episode’ and the participants mix between those involved from the beginning and new members increasing with every event. Each Episode is planned for about three months with the participants knowing as little as possible. The main element of the project is ‘release to the unknown’.

Media is produced from each Episode but the project also focuses on the event itself and how the women react, improvise and morph within costume learning about their power of self combined with the strength of coming together as a group. The women are varying in ages, backgrounds and experience, and do not necessarily know each other before the day. The Project involves ordinary women rather than professional actresses or models and part of the inspiration was to encourage a gain in self confidence within women, especially focusing around body issues and a release of inhibitions.


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PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT

Final words: Jenny Holzer (U.S.A.)

“Stupid is as stupid does” — Forrest Gump

We all know Forrest Gump. Despite Forrest was not the brightest man, he would probably be a brilliant politician. Simple and sincere. Because all in all — stupid is as stupid does.

And more people seems to use the word stupid in their slogans. One of the most political artist of our time  — Jenny Holzer — is among them.

One of Jenny Holzer´s Truisms

It´s said that Holzer dreamed of being a painter as a child. And her dream came true. Born in Ohio in 1950, her art and her reputation began as a kind of rumour, with lists flyposted anonymously on the streets of New York in the late 1970s. In her reference to everyday experiences and emotions, Holzer’s witty and provocative slogans offer a critical reflection on modern society.

“Stupid people shouldn’t breed”  

 ”Expiring for Love Is Beautiful but Stupid”

                                   “The Future is Stupid”

“Purple” by Jenny Holzer (2008) Whitney Museum of American Art

“PROTECT, PROTECT” by Jenny Holzer (2009) Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

“Monument” by Jenny Holzer (2008) Whitney Museum of American Art

As an artist — which is very concerned about the world affairs — Holzer has turned to declassified statements, letters and reports from the US military. Over the last decade, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have preoccupied her.

Holzer’s Truisms has proliferated on stickers, posters, T-shirts, even on metal plaques. They’ve been carved on stones, projected on to buildings around the world. Lately Holzer has started painting again. And her Truisms continues to appear. Most recently on Twitter.

“Protect me from what I want” by Jenny Holzer (1983-85)

Sometimes I agree with Mrs. Holzer messages. Expiring for love is beautiful but can be extremely stupid. And my shorter version of “Heavenly father …” might be:

Dear God, please protect me from what I want, Amen!

Photos taken from Google image

About the artist

Jenny Holzer (b.1950) is an American installation and conceptual artist. She studied at Duke University, and University of Chicago before completing her BFA at Ohio University in 1972. In 1975  she started in MFA programme at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Holzer moved to New York in 1977 and her first public works, Truisms (1977–79), appeared in the form of anonymous broadsheets pasted on buildings, walls and fences in and around Manhattan.

Her texts took the forms of posters, monumental and electronic signs, billboards, television and her signature medium, the LED (light emitting diode) sign. Other works have appeared on T-shirts, tractor hats, stickers, metal plaques, park benches and sarcophagi. The LED signs have been placed in high-impact public spaces such as Times Square, New York, as well as in art galleries and museums.

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