Today we had our first day working on #womenintech. This morning we worked out What is a zine?’ by making our own zine about it…
Today planning begins on the next edition of VK. True to our usual form this will be done collaboratively, but this time with a group of ten year 8 girls from St Ambrose Barlow High School in Salford UK. The project is part of a ‘Designer in Residence’ Vapid Kitten’s co-editor Anna is doing via educational charity Ideas Foundation.
We are going to make a zine about women in technology, whilst learning some new technology like Photoshop and Illustrator along the way. So watch this space over the next few weeks as the fruit of our labour appears on the blog!
There will be lots of colours, cats and probably cat gifs.
In the Winter of 2014 we were pleased to be invited to Trogen, Switzerland to take part in an academic workshop around Micropractice and Gender by the Institute of Critical Theory, Zurich University of the Arts. Here we took part in, documented, and later design an edition of Vapid Kitten about our collective experiences. The organisers/curators Sebastian Dieterich and Wiktoria Furrer offer a great introduction to the publication:
In our imagination we had developed the vision of «Micropractice.Gender» as an interdisciplinary and collaborative format in which to explore, through movement, questions concerning the urgent topic of gender and how it effects our practices and routines.
As we stated in our call for potentials, we wanted to literally
move through various forms of artistic research exploring these questions:
How do regimes of gender inscribe in our bodies and how can we become cognisant of them and make them visible? How can we bring gender roles into movement?
What kind of micropractices, understood as exercises, can we develop to become attentive to exploitations of gender discourses? What are potentials for our everyday lives beyond incorporated gender routines?
At the same time we were more and more disappointed with some aspects of traditional academic knowledge production, such as presentations of finite results, discussions that seemed to be shallow and not affecting anybody personally, self-referential and closed circuits of theory, and a separation or even tension between theory and practice. Since we began working together, first as a theoretic-artistic duo and later at the Institute for Critical Theory, we were experimenting with new forms of artistic and theoretic production in times of permanent crisis. In this regards the development of the workshop choreography was an attempt to try out new forms of collective work. This why we invited participants to experiment in the field of gender micropractice – without the applicants nor ourselves would know what this exactly could be. Therefore we have asked participants who are open to a collaborative process to apply with formats that we can try out all together during the workshop: for instance, techniques, exercises, artistic approaches, interventions, exercises and so on. Especially we encouraged performative approaches that were in the early stages of development as well as works in progress.
So, fifteen people from ten countries spent three and a half days in the remote Appenzell region, leaving behind their schedules and duties to work intensely on gender micropractice. This zine, initiated and realized by Anna Frew from Manchester and Betsy Lamborn from Stockholm from Vapid Kitten gathers in an intentionally unsystematic and impulsive way some of our impressions, reflections and experiences.
You can read the publication here.
We’re going on a trip! Next week Anna and I are heading to Trogen in Switzerland for a workshop called Micropractice.Gender, exploring how gender affects artistic practice.
While we’re there, we will be documenting representations of gender and intersectionality throughout the workshop, and producing a zine/publication of the experience.
I’m pretty excited: 1. I’ve never been to Switzerland before (I travelled through by coach while on a school trip, but I’m not counting that)
2. I’m assuming the whole trip will be filled with this:
As I said, very excited…
The third Victoria Baths ‘Zine Fair returns tomorrow, pop along from 12 to see some stunning work, in a beautiful environment, and maybe eat some delicious cakes.
There are some brilliant pictures from Manchester Print fair, take a looksee
Vapid contributor, Kate Alexander-Kirk is launching her new Literary journal today!
We think it looks great! You can find out all about Zest here: www.zestlit.com