Project author says, “The Weird Girls Project is an extraordinary art project for ordinary women.”
The birth of “The Weird Girls Project” was instigated by the media’s depiction of women’s body image and the effect it has on us. It’s a continuous art experiment, created to empower women, and is produced by the conceptual artist Kitty Von-Sometime. While Kitty creates concepts of every event, it always involves various photographers, costume designers and filmmakers to make the project into meaningful collaboration.
The project is released in a form of film series, with each and every episode using music video format to put exposure on different body shapes and sizes… Everything that makes us, well – us! Women that take part are of different ages, educational backgrounds, have different life experiences and don’t necessarily know each other before the day of the performance. They’re not professionals, by all means. They’re theatre virgins.
Watching these episodes, I found the art project somewhat similar to the notion of a carnival by the exterior, but also in the spirit of it. The free-thinking, the breaking of rusty and oppressive forms of thought, and, of course, the unity.
“Carnival is a kind of syncretic, ritualised pageantry which displays a particular perspective,” says Andrew Robinson in his article on the concept of a carnival.
“The Weird Girls Project” is developed episode by episode, and while every woman knows she’ll be photographed and filmed, everything else – is kept under the covers. Including concept, location and costumes. Obviously, participants do get to know the date. And music. They do know the theme music.
The concept for each episode is carefully polished for around 3 months before its fruition into visual formats. The end result of the project is of visual nature, but the centrepiece is always the event itself and the “release to the unknown”, as the creator says. It’s all about women’s reactions, their adaptation of costumes… It’s about them learning of their individual power, as well as the strength of coming together as a group.
Photography [Courtesy Of Kitty Von-Sometime]