Recently I got invited into a private warehouse-graffiti party. And the first thing I saw when me and my mates entered the place was a bunch of people drawing on walls,
Obviously, since we got invited, we already knew what to expect, thus we came prepared as well. We occupied a free spot on a wall and started scribbling:
Good music, that after became a live band’s performance, audience that is of ‘arty’ type, and art itself complimented the experience of this secret gathering.
These sort of hidden communities properly define London as a place for people interested in arts. It’s not Tate Modern or other publicly advertised and commercialized institutions that are worth of attention, but rather a place where people can get in close contact with art itself. Instead of taking a position from standing point of view.
The only thing that might be bothersome, is that you can attend a place like this only through networks. But people here are friendly, so as long as you’re willing, you can come to the next party as well!
See you there?
THE WEIRD GIRLS PROJECT
The Weird Girls Project is a continuous art experiment created by conceptual artist Kitty Von-Sometime. It is being developed episode by episode and its participants are a mix of those who started from the very beginning and those who joined later. The concept of every episode is carefully polished for around three months before its metamorphosis into video and photo formats. The participants know about the episode just enough – the date, but the idea, location and costumes are kept secret. Every girl knows she will be photographed and filmed, but everything else is taken care of by Kitty Von-Sometime and her colleagues behind the stage in secret.
I have to emphasise that the participants are only female and the project (no need to be Einstein) is named after them. The result of the project is of visual nature, but the centrepiece is the event itself and the reaction of the girls to the costumes, their improvisation and the force that becomes apparent when they collaborate. The women are of different ages, educational background and experience and do not necessarily know each other before the day of the performance.
The bombastic praise towards the sole gender might hint you that I am suggesting some feminist movement that is about to go burn their bras, but it is far from that. The grout that is united by owning a vagina is talking only about themselves and their problems. The women in the project are not studying theatre and are not professional (implied by the popculture) supermodels. The goal of the project is to encourage nonconformist women whose bodies do not follow social norms to get rid of any negative emotions caused by the existing stereotypes.
During more than 4 years of its existence the project gave birth to more than 20 episodes of various forms. It was started with a very naive note stating lack of experience, but has matured throughout its course. Kitty creates the concept of every event, but always involves various photographers, costume designers and filmmakers to make the project lively and meaningfully collaborative.