presented in collaboration with the Girls and Guns Collective
April 23- May 24, 2003, Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario
August 8- September 4, 2004, Dorottya Gallery/Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary
September 15-28, 2004, Lindart Cultural Center, Tirana, Albania
October 1-3, 2004, 8th International Videomedeja
I have been often exposed to guns. Not necessarily genuine firearms and not necessarily employed by girls. Nevertheless, I -a pacifist, - have been frequently engaged, sometimes as a frightened observer, sometimes as an active participant, in bloody battles. Most of the time these combats took the form of unconventional warfare. As a result, contemplating the theme of this project revealed a personal puzzle.
Beyond a shadow of doubt, the icons of brave combatants in my iron-curtained childhood were different from the Uzi toting naked chicks, Google offers for your pleasure,
The heroic female parade of Socialist Labour included fierce tractor drivers, spade wielding labourers and fully armed partisans Many of the posters, banners and other forms of documentation have been lost from this period, recently, however, in Albania I came upon a lucky treasure throve of socialist illustrations featuring soldier girls in target practice, farm girls with scythes, chemist girls by microscopes, building girls on construction sites and breast feeding mothers gazing up in rupture to pontificating (male) leaders.
The iconography, of the examples cited above, whether conforming to market-driven capitalist or politically correct socialist ideology, reflect figments of (masculine) imagination. Yet in addition to standard practice the tools and methods of frequently underground female dissent have been and continue to be often highly unorthodox ranging from the subversive stitch of medieval embroideries to gunslinger tattoos in Stalinist camps,
I have never excelled in embroidery, nor do I posses body tattoo. Nevertheless, I have been fascinated by the spectacular arsenal of unconventional fighting implements utilized by women. This attraction has been undeniably motivated by the modest but varied stock of my private weaponry which over time included words, silence, images, food, humour, love, hate, clay and computers.
Weapons of Distraction, the one minute twenty five seconds long video is a subjective and whimsical interpretation of “Girls and Guns”, combining the images of armed women with a pioneer girl choir.
The iconography of women and weapons often reflect figments of masculine imagination but in reality the tools and methods of frequently underground female dissent have often been highly unorthodox as shown in this brief video.
In reality the tools and methods of frequently underground female dissent have often been highly unorthodox - ranging from the subversive stitch of medieval embroideries to gunslinger tattoos in Stalinist camps to the activists on the Net.
Weapons of Distraction installation for the ICOLS group
The International Corporation of Lost Structures
ICOLS Strategy Defense and Arms Fair
The Performance Space Sydney and touring. 2004-2005
ICOLS in evolutionäre zellen NGBK Berlin - 5/3 -3/4 2005
ICOLS Presentation at InFest Vancouver, Canada - Feb 2004
ICOLS speak out at Relational Aesthetics Conference - IMA Brisbane - 11 March 2005 click
ICOLS Strategy Defense and Arms Fair (dvd), Collectivity and critical collective/ cooperative cultural action, Oliver Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa FL, USA
ICOLS Strategy Defense and Arms Fair (dvd), Connect the Dots, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
ICOLS Strategy Defense and Arms Fair installation, ferry between Helsinki, Stockholm, Mariehamn, Tallin, ISEA 2004
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