Olympia, WA<br />Anarchist activismto community organizing, Riot Grrrl feminism to queer politics, early indie music to DIY craft, Evergreen State to the Sex Workers Art Show . . . Olympia is built on opposition. <br />This film shows Olympia as a “terrible city”, or one that hasn’t opened up to a new state of becoming . <br />COMMUNE: A Film about Free Spaces in Olympia, is a DIY documentary-style video presented by The Free Space Project, The Imaginary Party, and the Bureau of Unmediated Experiences. <br />COMMUNE Parts 1-8 <br />
Riot GRRRL<br />BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways. <br />BECAUSE we wanna make it easier for girls to see/hear each other's work so that we can share strategies and criticize-applaud each other. <br />The Riot Grrrl Manifesto<br />We Are the Grrrls: Women in Music Before, During, and After Riot Grrrl<br />Girls to the Front: The True Story of the <br />Riot Grrrl Revolution<br />A Brief Visual History of Riot Grrrl Zines<br />
Riot GRRRL LIVES ON<br />The very first Ladyfest, a community-based, nonprofit women’s music/art festival, was held in Olympia in 2000. <br />Video Interview with Gretchen Wagner, Assistant Curator (MoMA New York) on <br />Riot on the Page: Thirty Years of Zines by Women<br />Ladyfest Ten (2010)<br />JIGSAW UNDERGROUND: Tobi Vail’s Blog<br />Kathleen Hanna’s <br />Blog<br />
MUSIC<br />Olympia’s independent music culture is a subject deep and vast enough for its own project(s). Here are a handful of recent or current feminist-oriented musicians, projects, and businesses.<br />Marissa Magic is a punk-noise musician and music writer for such websites as Maximum Rock n Roll, originally a punk zine. Ex-Bikini Kill Tobi Vail interviews her for Vail’s JIGSAW UNDERGROUND. <br />KRS is a queer-positive, feminist, artist-friendly Olympia record label started in 1991. It is now one of the few female-run record labels in the US. And encourages other women to start their own.<br />Listen to Gossip’s new album, Music for Men. This recent sensation of a band actually formed over 10 years ago and played Ladyfest 2000. <br />
Film & Video<br />Olympia Film Society, a 501(c)(3) since 1980, hosts daily/weekly special screenings at the historic Capitol Theater, as well as the annual Olympia Film Festival (27 years old). Film/video by and about women <br />and other underrepresented artists is well-represented in regular and festival programming, especially compared to film culture in other parts of the US. <br />Bridget Irish, film/video artist, teacher, curator, and blogger<br />Film and Destroy: to present, support and encourage independent and experimental work by, for and about women. <br />Integrated Arts<br />The 2010 Olympia Film Festival featured performances by queer feminist punk banks Gossip and The Need. <br />
Performance Art<br />“New Whore Order”<br />The Sex Workers Art Show is a tour of visual/performance art by women in the sex industry that works to “dispel the myth that they are anything but artists, innovators, and geniuses!”<br />Watch a clip of Erin Markey’s performance from SWAS 2008. <br />Wynne Greenwood was Tracy + the Plastics (1999-2005), a queer-feminist multimedia project exploring social politics and theory through art, irony, and humor. Greenwood performed live in front of per-recorded videos of herself as two other characters (members of her “band”). T + P “broke down the fourth wall” to make participatory art and media experiences.<br />
Blogs & zines<br />Grrrl Zine Network<br />While not specific to Olympia, this digital global archive and resource site for feminist, queer, and trans zines—founded by feminist scholar and ElkeZobl--is inspired by the Riot Grrrl zine culture of the ‘90s. <br />Double Takeis a show about and by DIY and Feminist artists, musicians, and social justice workers. We call it a ‘Feminist Video Zine’ because our media content is inspired by zine aesthetics and DIY ethos.<br />- From Double Take website, a project of Evergreen State College<br />Olympia Feminist Blogroll<br />Tobi Vail: JIGSAW UNDERGROUND<br />JIGSAW’S Feminist Theory<br />Bridget Irish: Shenanigans and Such<br />Kathleen Hanna<br />
TRANSMEDIA RESOURCES<br />Tracy + the Plastics Video Links (2001-2005)<br /> <br />Olympia Radical Film Collective<br /> <br />Feminist Memory<br />Ladyfest/Grassroots Feminism Network<br /> <br />Girls to the Front: A History of Riot Grrrl<br />(book tour, public dialogue @ local library<br />
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