Friday, 31 July 2009


Oh me, oh my! Lori Earley has announced her first solo exhibition in London; Oct 16-Nov 14th 09 at Opera Gallery.
Sorry London friends, it seems I'm gonna be descending on you again in the Autumn!!

Thursday, 30 July 2009

wave your hands

Ridiculous amounts of love to Bob and Len for showing me this at the weekend, and for spontaniously recreating bits over the next few days. Bloody amazing...


At the weekend i was lucky enough to make my first visit to the 56a Infoshop in London.
I was there to check out the newly re-launched zine library that is established there. Volunteers Colette and Melissa have been working really hard to catalogue and organise the mammoth number of zines in the collection - from comix zines to perzines, music zines to spirituality zines, queer to anarchist zines, feminsm to race, and beyond - there's a huge amount of amazing work collected there, and well worth an hour or two of your browsing time! It really does capture the wealth and importance of self-publishing.

The zine library is also on the look-out for even more zine donations though, so do consider sending them yours. Melissa and Colette are always on the lookout for people to help them catalogue all the zines they have too, so get in touch with them if you have an eye for zines!
Also, it appears that there are a large amount of duplicates in their collection, so the 56a zine library are keen to send such duplicates to other (preferably UK based, for postage reasons) zine libaries, and build on the community, collaboration, and wealth of zine resources available UK-wide.

The 56a infoshop itself was dizzying and overwhelming - packed to the rafters with leaftlets, resources and information, a radical open-access archive/research library, plus zines, music, coffee and books for sale - I could have spent an absolute fortune! There's also bike maintanance facilities/workshops, advice on practical squatting, a book exchange, free cinema screenings, and a plethora of other things... Mind blowing!
Attached to the infoshop is Freeshare food co-op, a fair-trade wholefoods shop with pulses, spices, organic veg and more.

My favourite thing was perhaps the kitchen and toilet space, and not just because of the pancakes being made there on the day I went! The space is covered with posters from the 'Celebrate People's History' project (which I think I'll devote a whole blog post to an other day); just so very inspiring.

Here's to my next visit!

love me a good poster/neato design

At Concrete Hermit gallery:

Plus, also, at London Tate Modern:



Exhibitions & events by emerging artists in a series of temporarily vacant spaces in Seymour Place and Quebec Street W.1. opening on the FIRST TUESDAY of each month. Open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm.
Admission Free.
For more infomation, contact 020 7375 0441

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

call for art...

Call for Art
Transnational Feminisms Conference
December 4-5 2009, with associated events on 6th

This 3 day event will take place at the University of Manchester.

We are putting together an exhibition to accompany the event and are looking for art in a variety of mediums that addresses the themes of this event.

We are keen to showcase original work at this event, through an exhibition, on conference publicity materials and in the conference booklet.

Themes of the conference include but aren’t limited to:
Global markets of cultural production
Religion and the nation state
Belonging and home
Feminism and neo-colonialism
Diaspora and migration
The international as the popular
Historical moments of transnational feminism
Struggle for, and violence of, borders
Postcolonial/queer intersections
Feminism and gender in a wider global political debate
Sites and voices of privilege
Historicisation and genealogies
AlliancesCultural and textual translations
Feminist anti-racism

Drawing on the impact of postcolonial feminism and its enactments, this conference will examine how women are affected by political systems in a global climate, how feminism translates and moves across borders, and how feminism can be utilised as a methodology for understanding the transnational context.
Here the transnational is understood to be a complication of notions of the 'elsewhere', highlighting the challenges of fluidity, movement and instability whilst also paying close attention to locatedness.This is a feminism that is engaged with the woman-as-subject without making universalising claims regarding women's experience; it both considers how gender operates and critiques categorisation.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the vitality of feminist interdisciplinarity as it pertains to the transnational, providing space for these debates to come together, creating an interrogation of transnational feminist theory and practice from academic, activist and artistic standpoints.

We have a small amount of funding to facilitate getting artwork to Manchester, or printing good quality and well-sized images that are sent in.
Funding can also be applied for to assist artists in attending the conference to talk about their work on an artists’ roundtable.

To submit your work for the conference please send the following to by August 28th 2009:

An outline of the work you would like to exhibit at this event - 300 words max
A short biography
Any relevant weblinks / jpegs of your work
The style of work you would like to exhibit (eg image / AV / slideshow)
How the work would need displaying (eg size of work, if work can be emailed / posted)
Expression of interest in being considered for poster image
Expression of interest in image in conference pack
Expression of interest in attending the event
Expression of interest in talking about your work at the event

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

nail on head over and over

my new favourite blog in the history of ever

Not to state the obvious, but I think in 5-7 years, when all these pre-teen singing drummers and 15 yr old Pixies-obsessives hit able-to-tour age, and are 20 yr olds who have been playing for half their lives, there will be no doubt that Girls Rock Camps are the greatest thing to happen to rock this side of Zeppelin. There are eight year old girls who are seeking to OWN rock n' roll/punk/the world and what they are going to go on to do will make riot girls seem as duh/quaint as suffragettes. I cannot wait. I really cannot wait til these cool-as-hell 13 yr olds displace the Animal Collectives/etc. of the world with their own high concept epic amazingness.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

whip it real good

Hang on... what? Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, and Ellen Page all in skates?!!!!


I'm totally late to hearing about this, but Catherine Opie's latest photographic project sounds *amazing*...

Can you tell me a bit about what you’re working on now, I heard recently about a series called “Girlfriends”.
Girlfriends is a fun body of work; it’s a bit of a play on a title of another body of work by the artist Richard Prince who did a series called Girlfriends, but they were all biker chicks, and my girlfriends are all butch dykes. They’re both famous and not famous and include: JD Sampson, KD Lang, Kate from the L-word, I think Sam Ronson is going to pose for me, and then a lot of my friends like Pig Pen and Jenny Shimizu (who we call Chicken). So to take all of these butch dykes and then to title it Girlfriends, raises all of these questions - what is a butch dyke? Is a butch dyke really a girlfriend or a boyfriend? It’s playing with a lot of things and I’m also just enjoying making portraits again.

Friday, 17 July 2009

rightful due

I can't figure out how to do a direct link to an individual post from this particular blog, but the July 17th 'At Home I Feel Like A Tourist' post on Jessica Hopper's blog is one of my favourite blog posts that I've read in aaaages, for 101 different reasons. I feel so much better for reading it tonight

Thursday, 9 July 2009

guerrilla girls exhibitions in the rest of the year

May 27, 2009 thru May 24, 2010 "elles@centrepompidou," First ever show of women artists in their collection by a museum that's notoriously too male, too pale. Centre Pompidou. Paris, France

May 30 - August 23 "REBELLE: Art and Feminism 1969-2009," Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands

June 1- Sept 4 "Then and Now: 20th Anniversary of the Center Show," The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, New York City

June 6- July 27 "MasterPeaces - High Art for Higher Purpose," DaVinci Gallery, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California

July 3-October 4 "Ingres et les Modernes," Musée Ingres, Montauban, France

July 7-September "On the Margins of Art. Creation and Political Engagement," Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA,) Barcelona, Spain

July 24- August 9 "KÅT A4" (Horny)," Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden

September 1-December 15 Women's Studies Department and the Institue for Research on Women and Gender, Lane Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

October New Guerrilla Girls project about Art In Ireland, Millenium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Ireland

December 4-12 Galerie de l’UQAM, in Montreal (Quebec), Canada

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

original plumbing

from my inbox...

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A new band or book you’d like plug?

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Original Plumbing magazine

Monday, 6 July 2009

56a zine library benefit and relaunch weekend

56a Infoshop's Zine Library Benefit and Relaunch Weekend
Two days of bands and workshops...

Saturday 25th July
Launch Party Music & Distros at The Grosvenor in Stockwell (Stockwell/rixton tube)
7.30pm £4
Music from: jean genet, husbands, chaps and candy panic attack. all zinesters and diy musicians alike.
Distros: Cherry Bomb Comics, Ricochet Ricochet, 56a and more tbc

Sunday 26th July at 56a (crampton street, Elephant and Castle Tube)
Pancake breakfast from 12 noon
Workshops, discussions, exhibition, zine library browsing, general hanging out
(specific activities confirmed; self published comics discussion, practical
squatting and bike fixing workshops)
more workshops and discussions needed/wanted!! fans of the 56a library bring forth your ideas.

BRING YOUR ZINES to donate to the library, catalogue it youself DIY style

crashspaces available for weekenders
website for details:

hoping and wishing for these to come soon

(If several or more appear, you may rarely need to visit a doctor.)

1. Regular flare-ups of a supportive network of friends and family.
2. Chronic positive expectations.
3. Repeated episodes of gratitude and generosity.
4. Increased appetite for physical activity.
5. Marked tendency to identify and express feelings.
6. Compulsion to contribute to society.
7. Lingering sensitivity to the feelings of others.
8. Habitual behavior related to seeking new challenges.
9. Craving for peak experiences.
10. Tendency to adapt to changing conditions.
11. Feelings of spiritual involvement.
12. Persistent sense of humor.

*Adapted from a posting on a computer bulletin board in Waldport, Oregon, author unidentified. Reprinted in Whole Earth Review (Winter 1994), a compendium of brash thinking and lofty ideas.

(Found via: Bonfire Madigan Shive)

gig poster

I'm in the midst of writing an article on gigposters, and wanted to take a mo to big up the following amazing gigposter artists (all of whom are being a huge help to me by currently answering interview questions on gig poster art)

Graham Pilling
Cameron Steward
Chris White
Luke Drozd
Fox Fisher
Rachel Carns
Drew Millward
Alex Curtis
Dan Reeves
Leia Bell
Glyn Smith
Alice Horton
David Bailey
Lucy Jones
Kristian Jones
Carlos Ruiz
Anna Peaker
Adam Norwell
Ron Liberti
Tara McPherson
Jay Ryan

Thursday, 2 July 2009

here here

This kinda just rocked my world. Thanks to Laura Woodhouse for pointing me in the direction of it.

If you can't sit still to watch for the full 20mins (though it is worth it), I found myself nodding along with every inch of my body at...
6.00 mins
11.30 mins
12.08 mins
13.08 mins

makes me wanna plug in my machine