09 Feb

Women in Horror Art Crawl: The Sequel

Event: Women in Horror Art Crawl – The Sequel

Date: February 24th -26th, 2017

Location: YouTube

Organizer(s): Shady Character Art

Contact: shadycurrturr@gmail.com

Website/Social Media:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWIliupmkUxNNx69wG74ZcLp4iiHch-fb

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CACCommunity/

Description: Just like last year, a group of YouTube artists from the Creative Arts Collaboration are going to be making art of and inspired by Women in Horror Month. Videos from each artist will be added to a single playlist to watch over the last weekend of Februrary.

Be sure to check out last year’s Art Crawl videos here.

02 Feb

Write Her Story: A Women in Horror Month Flash Fiction Challenge

Event: Write Her Story: A Flash Fiction Challenge

Date: February 1-28th, 2017

Location: Online

Organizer(s): Nina D’Arcangela

Contact:  darc.nina@gmail.com

Website: https://ninadarc.wordpress.com

Description: ‘Write Her Story’ is a picture-prompt flash fiction challenge on Spreading the Writer’s Word.

It will feature 28 female horror authors who will write 28 different flash fiction pieces based on one of four images.

A new author will offer her interpretation of the image that was assigned to her each day throughout the month of February!

02 Feb

The Whorer Presents a (new) WiHM PSA for 2017!

Check out this absolutely KILLER Women in Horror Month (2017) PSA created by Feminist Furry!

Watch Feminist Furry’s 2015 PSA here & then tune in for the The Whorer special WiHM episode on February 13th!

 

About Us:  Horror fanatic Feminist Furry and hir pal Meredith Widnoon offer critical feminist analyses of horror films and TV shows – the awesome, the terrible, and everything in between. We currently record monthly podcasts and occasionally involve ourselves in other shenanigans like live-tweets and fan conventions. Our approach is neither entirely academic nor fangirl/boy-ish – we do our best to lurk in the margins.

12 Feb

Acid Cane Comics celebrates Women in Horror Month with a night of Comics and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Dublin, Ireland)

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Event: Acid Cane Comics celebrates Women in Horror Month with a night of Comics and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Date: Thurs. February 25, 2016

Time: 7pm

Cost: €10 (which includes your copy of the anthology)

Location: On the Rox // 8 Coke Lane // Dublin, Ireland

Website/Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/events/1836495846576951/

Description: To celebrate Women in Horror Month 2016, Acid Cane Comics are hosting their first comic/live music crossover night. In the interest of fostering connections and boosting the respective scenes, we’re getting the comic creators and connoisseurs of Dublin together in an atmosphere of drinks and rock ‘n’ roll. With new comic releases from Acid Cane and Clare Foley as well as entertainment from Kate’s Party, Glassgears and Solid Gold Rocketship. For posterity, ACC are publishing an anthology of work under the theme of women in horror. Everyone gets a copy upon arrival!

Featuring comics launches by:

Clare Foley (https://www.facebook.com/clarefoleyartist/?fref=ts)
Acid Cane Comics (https://www.patreon.com/AcidCaneComics?alert=1&ty=h)

and Music from:

Kate’s Party (http://katesparty.bandcamp.com/album/my-other-girlfriend)
Glassgears (https://glassgearsband.bandcamp.com/releases)
Solid Gold Rocketship (https://soundcloud.com/solidgoldrocketship)

Entry is €10, which includes your copy of the anthology.

04 Feb

Women in Horror Art Crawl (YouTube event)

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Date: February 26th-29th, 2016

Location: Online (see links below)

Organizer(s): Shady Characters

Contact: shadycurrturr@gmail.com

Website/Social Media: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxqhtEFPjLEQvVvtOwrH2NfsVTkj9-Jzs

https://www.facebook.com/events/443051652564495/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZAUe4CPszppYup3hMzZobw/featured

Description: A group of YouTube artists from the Creative Arts Collaboration are going to be making art of and inspired by Women in Horror Month. Videos from each artist will be added to a single playlist to watch over the last weekend of Februrary.

 

23 Jan

The Herd (The First Vegan Feminist Horror Film) Released Online for Free

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 15.35.37Event: THE HERD (short film released online)

Date: February 1, 2016

Location: Online (see links below)

Organizer(s): Melanie Light

Contact: misartressmelanie@gmail.com

Website/Social Media: www.melanielight.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/TheHerdMovie/
https://vimeo.com/melanielight
https://www.youtube.com/user/MisartressLight/videos

Description: This will be the day that the award winning short film The Herd directed by Melanie Light will be available to watch online for free.

Known as the first Vegan Feminist horror film!

A number of kidnapped and trafficked women find themselves imprisoned in a squalid medical facility. For Paula her continued survival relies on her basic human function.

Escape, on any level, is seemingly impossible as the women are condemned to a life of enforced servitude at the whims of their captors; for one reason only – their milk.

UPDATE

February 1, 2016– Film available for viewing!

06 Feb

This is Not a Female Horror Writer (Photography and Essay Series)

Location: http://stephaniewytovich.blogspot.com/

Date: Every Monday during February 2015

Contact: wyt3319@gmail.com

Organizer(s): Stephanie M. Wytovich

Website/Social Media Links: http://stephaniewytovich.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @JustAfterSunset
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.wytovich
Instagram: swytovich

Description: Every Monday throughout February, I will be posting a self-portrait that comments on the state of gender equality within the horror genre. The following day(Tuesday), I will post a blog post expanding upon the concept/message of the self-portrait and talk about what it means to be a female horror author, a female writer, and most importantly, a female. This will raise awareness about gender equality and comment on the state of publishing/artistic relations both in and outside of the horror genre.

UPDATES:

This is Not a Female Horror Writer-1February 3, 2015- Women in Horror Month: This is Not a Female Horror Writer  (Part One)

Excerpt: Belgian surrealist painter, Rene Magritte is known in the art world for the contradictory and highly philosophical pieces he started creating in the mid to late 1920s after moving to Paris and teaming up with Andre Breton, a major mover and proponent in the surrealist circles. After Breton turned his focus away from Dadaism, and Magritte abandoned his impressionistic style, Surrealism, a movement focusing on meta-messaging, subconscious thought, and paralanguage was not only born, but celebrated…and challenged.

Now some of you may be familiar with the series The Treachery of Images to which Magritte gives new meaning to an otherwise ordinary object and/or context, i.e. his piece, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”). As a student of art history and theory, this particular notion of exhibiting an object, and then stripping it of its label was, and remains, a fascinating concept to me, and therefore, is one of the reasons why I decided to title my #WomenInHorrorMonth project “This is Not a Female Horror Writer.” (Read the full piece here).

 

iamnotavictimFebruary 10, 2015- Women in Horror Month:  I Am Not A Victim (Part Two)

Excerpt: I’m currently private tutoring Greek Drama—Antigone, in particular—and one of the issues that we’ve been talking about is how the play is structured around the notion that women are weak and therefore should not be looked at as a threat, not to man, and not to government. Interesting concept considering Antigone essentially throws up the middle finger and does what she believes is right, even if it means handing herself a conscious death sentence.

Antigone’s character—in particular—inspired me for this week’s portrait, “I Am Not a Victim.” I think so often in horror that we’re used to seeing the woman portrayed as the damsel in distress, and slasher movies hold a lot of responsibility for that. According to them, the female role is to have big boobs, to run away, and to get killed dramatically, and explicitly, and usually with little to no clothes on. Oh, and if we’re not being savagely murdered, then God knows we’re being sacrificed to Satan or forced to spawn the Devil himself. In that case, cue the angelic, white-dressed, virgin, and you’re good to go!”

 

instagram image wihm 2015February 17, 2015:  Take the ‘Whore’ out of ‘Horror’ (Part Three)

Excerpt: “My rock n’ roll self was at a jazz concert the other night. I traded in my whiskey for a glass of Merlot and I sat there in my work clothes—I had a late night counseling and planning for residency—humming along to the soft, soothing voice of the bass as Imagine by The Beatles stroked the air. I was chatting with some people, making friends, networking in the city, and [insert random unnamed person here] asked me what I did for a living. As per usual, I told him/her that I’m a writer, all the while wincing at the inevitable response that I knew I would get in return.

Here’s the conversation, word for word—and it’s one of those conversations where if I had a nickel for every time I had it, well, let’s just say I could be in a flat in New Orleans writing for the summer.”

 

Stephanie M. WytovichFebruary 24, 2015-  Women in Horror Month: Tell Me I Can’t (Part Four)

Excerpt:  “My entire life—up until recently—has been about people telling me that I can’t do something. I can’t go to graduate school because I’m throwing my money away. I can’t be a writer because I should be having their babies and thinking about marriage. I shouldn’t be writing horror because I would be more attractive if I wasn’t killing people for a living. I can’t live on my own because I won’t be able to survive…

Damn! Talk about a lot of pressure on my vagina and who’s controlling it…

Needless to say, most—if not all—of those people have ‘ex’ attached to them now, whether they were friend, boyfriend, lover, etc. and oh my God did I just say lover?

Christ, maybe I am a whore?

Ladies don’t like sex!

But hey, maybe I’m not the world’s definition of a lady then? After all, ladies don’t curse and drink whiskey and speak their mind, and ask for equal pay. They don’t stand up for their beliefs, have sex because they want to, decide when they want to get married—IF they want to get married—when they want to have children–IF they want to have children—or do what makes them happy despite what society deems proper or not.

No, ladies don’t do that.

Women do that.

And strong women at that.

So I’d like to take this moment to write some notes to all the men who told me I can’t, because guess what? Despite all of you, I did.”

03 Feb

DepArtEd: Gothics and Cybernetics Art Happening (Leskovac, Serbia)

horror and technologyLocation: Leskovac, Serbia

Date: Feburary 1-28th 2015

Organizer(s): Jovanna Machine

Contact: nikodbabenemadzabe@yahoo.com

Website/Social Media Links: https://www.facebook.com/GirlsCanDoHorror

Description: Women’s contribution to horror AND science has always been denied or less visible. Our goal is to educate the public about women in horror and science by showing the way that women’s powerful imagination can transcend the limits of our reality, from supernatural to scientific and back, empowering and powered by the horror genre. Finding gothic roots in cybernetics and vice versa is another way of cultural subversion.

There will be an exhibition and all artworks are hybrides, mutants or imitations, a sort of work that cyborg would create, or FOR cyborgs. All the works are inspired by different genres of horror, mixed with pop and high culture, so one can tell by looking at it that horror is indeed an important part of human or posthuman culture.

The works are mix of Pop Art and Carnal Art. It’s self-portraying while traveling through culture, taking on the faces of icons, pin-ups and goddesses.

Also, we are making cardboard billboards that show a timeline with all the women who were involved in cybernetics and gothics, whether they were writing novels or modifying their bodies and gender, from Joan of Arc to Girls Can Do Horror today. The date of our event(s) is not just February 1st, it’s February 1-28. I am asking more institutions to join us and display our billboard or give us space to do a reading or panel. I’ll be putting up everything on our page as we go…

UPDATES

February 8, 2015-  “I was on the radio speaking about WiHM and how it’s different for me from the last time. It was Radio 202, “Spaceship View”, reaches around 25,000 people. I said that in the meantime, I had realized that maybe I didn’t have so much in common with other woman, so this time I am doing a sort of “bad” management, which I happen to be very good at – it’s “do it yourself”. And this time I am reluctant to promote filmmaking as a  recommended profession for women – it’s expensive, time-consuming and doesn’t give you that much power either, especially not inside the Hollywood system. It’s easier to be an acitivst or an artist. But, having all that in mind, women filmmakers deserve even more respect and more power because their job is very hard. And then I talked about gothics and cybernetics. I’m sending you the file of the part of the show that I’m in.” -Jovanna Machine

Listen here:

February 18, 2015- -“From Gothics to Cybernetics” cardboard (rather than billboard!) is on display in the window of the “Radoje Domanovic” Public Library. I was pleasantly surprised that they agreed to exhibit it as this place is very prominent and hard to get.  After WiHM is finished, the board will “tour” other places in town.” -Jovanna Machine

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02 Feb

Women in Horror Month Showcase (Melbourne)

WiH profile picLocation: Melbourne, Australia

Date: Saturday February 21, 2015

Contact: dirntygirrl@gmail.com

Website/Social Media Links: https://www.facebook.com/events/895869520444121/?context=create&previousaction=create&ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49&sid_create=74150114

Description: February is the international recognition month for Women in Horror.

We are hoping to share with you a fundraising event that’s happening right here in Melbourne on Saturday February 21st.From humble beginnings as a 3CR community radio special, evolving into a successful mini festival in February 2014. Women in Horror Melbourne is celebrating its fourth year at Northcote’s artistic hub 303.Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events. The vision is a world wherein all individuals are equally given the opportunity to create, share, and exploit their concept of life, pain, and freedom of expression.

Statistics show that women are still not offered the same opportunities as men due to a variety of reasons from discrimination to female professionals accepting less than they are worth in order to receive the same opportunities as their male colleagues.
According to the mainstream and past feminist studies – horror has earned the distinction of one of the most objectifying genres. Utilising the genre in art to explore the female perspective, vocalizing their own concerns within the genre via websites, blogs and the sharing of female generated content – it’s creating a domino effect.

WiHM exists to assist the much bigger movement of equal rights. Men play a vital part in the female gender reaching equality. There are many male WiHM supporters and artists who choose to assist and work with professional and talented underrepresented females. Participating in positive, constructive environments that encourage and provide a safe platform for women to share and explore is vital.

Due to the success and positive outreach from the local genre community in previous years, we would love you to help us make WiHM 2015 our biggest year yet. Please join us in an effort to raise awareness of the need for gender equality in the arts sector.

Women in Horror Month is all about expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakers and artists by raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry.

Come celebrate with us!

LINEUP

This year boast an impressive line up of female artists from a bevy of assorted meduims in the horror genre.

HEIDI LEE DOUGLAS (Little Lamb Movie)
CAITLIN KOLLER (Maid of Horror)
URSULA DABROWSKY( Ursula Dabrowsky’s Inner Demon)

Showcasing the amazing Jägerkrieg Art

Burlesque performance by Melbourne Gorlesque’s own and Australian burlesque darling, Betty Blood

A special performance from female fronted horror band, Crepter Children.

All proceeds from this event are donated to WestCASA
Footscray, a community based women’s shelter.

$10 entry fee
SPECIAL GUESTS AND RAFFLE PRIZES UP FOR GRABS!!

More to be announced, so stay tuned!!

 UPDATES

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Thank you so much to all of the wonderfully talented film makers, artists and patrons who made our fundraiser a success. It was a great night that once again, surpassed our expectations and proved we really should get a bigger venues in the future. We were packed!!  The funds have not yet been counted, but i will be posting soon for you all to see the amazing support we received for westCASA and the wonderful WIH!Thanks also to Sonja Hammer Baz Bizzy and Sci-fi and Squeam for all the beautiful images and podcasts!” -Per https://www.facebook.com/WiH.Melbourne

Stay tuned here for more updates!