We’re very happy to be part of Paper Weight – Genre Defining Magazines from 2000 to Now at Haus der Kunst in Munich. A fresh look at independent publishing in the twenty-first century that focuses on 17 international, independent magazines that have originated over the past 13 years. Each stands out as a forerunner of broader cultural shifts or movements. Including publications like “032c”, “Apartamento”, “Bidoun”, “BUTT”, “Candy”, “Encens”, and “Sang Bleu”, the exhibition’s selected magazines treat subjects as varied as architecture, art, design, fashion, food, and sex.
Issue 4 will be launched this Saturday May 11th at Ludwig, Amsterdam. On the cover is Venus X, also our guest of honour at the party. The new issue will of course be on sale for a special one-off price. Music will be provided by Venus X, of course, supported by Strange Boutique and Lady Jane. Some more words on Venus X. She started her legendary party GHE20G0THIK 4 years ago in Brooklyn, mixing goth with hip-hop (as the party’s name implies), but also salsa, dubstep, Turkish techno, punk and ‘Jersey club music’. The party became a movement and catapulted Venus X to beingone of the figureheads of a new movement that feels like a real space mirror the digital space carved out by online publications like DIS or by the video art of Ryan Trecartin.
Check out the really interesting Curing Normality film series by the cool Frank Collective from Oslo. We’ll be introducing director Jennie Livingston’s Paris Is Burning, a documentary that chronicles the drag scene in New York City in the mid and late 1980s, focusing on the ball culture. This heart-breaking, entertaining camp chronicle of a marginalized community presents a complex performance of gender, class and race. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990. Check out the full programme here.
Bookfair time! We will be joining Offprint Amsterdam (Sept. 20 – Sept. 23) and The New York Art Bookfair (Sept. 27 – Sept. 30). Expect all issues of Vol. 2 and a fresh batch of Girls Like Us T-shirts. Please do come by and say hello!
New issue release party in collaboration with the London Calling festival in Paradiso Amsterdam. The new issue talks about generations so we’re very happy we got invited to host a new wave of female noise brut featuring a.o. live performances by Austra and Trust and dj sets by Lady Jane, Love on the Beat and Strange Boutique. Please come and dance with us.
May 18, 2012, midnight – 5 AM
Please join us Saturday April 14 for some sort film screenings and discussion on the theme of queer generations as part of the Fringe! East London Film Fest. The afternoon will bring together films from around the world along with a discussion between GLU editor Jessica Gysel and Lisa Gornick – artist, filmmaker and star of inter-generational lez drama The Owls. Girls Like Us paraphernalia will be on sale throughout the day along with a sneak peek of the new issue! Plus a talk by photographer and writer Holly Falconer on “Clubbing and Camp: A generation in club photography” examining what part clubs play in defining queer generations.
Please join us Monday March 19 for a Riot Grrrls Like Us evening with plenty of 90s nostalgia but also a look forward. Featuring a lecture by Sara Marcus (author of Girls To The Front), a Q&A, video’s, goodies, signed book copies and plenty of music.
March 9, 2012, 8 PM – 1 AM
Meneer Malasch, Postjesweg 2, Amsterdam
Please join us for a GIRL ALLNIGHTER featuring LA CHATTE (live), ANIKA, STELLAR OM SOURCE, STRANGE BOUTIQUE and FATIMA SUPREME. We’ll be hosting De Verdieping, while Sandrien is playing upstairs. BIG FUN!
Note! LA CHATTE performs at midnight, make sure to come on time!
23.00 – 00.00: Fatima Supreme (DJ)
00.00 – 00.30: La Chatte (live)
00.30 – 02.00: Anika (DJ)
02.00 – 03.30: Stellar Om Source (DJ performance)
03.30 – 05.00: Strange Boutique
Parisian based La Chatte plays a post-punk inspired electro-zouk; ryhthmic, dark, distorted and chocolate-flavored. The band is renowned for their head blowing performances, featuring outrageous outfits designed by the band’s lead singer Vava Dudu who’s a stylist in daily life and whose creations have been supported by oa Lady Gaga. Oh, and Vava was GLU’s last issue’s cover model. The girl with the banana on her head.
English bred, Berlin based journalist turned musician Annika Henderson recorded her first album ‘Anika’ with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow in 2010. She also moonlights as a DJ with a knack for the dark and twisted.
STELLAR OM SOURCE
Half French, half Italian Christelle Gualdi spent the last years in The Hague and Antwerp. She started out as a semi-ambient synth goddess but recently shifted towards sharp, very danceable acid house and proto-techno.
Amsterdam based Femke Dekker and Rotterdam based Nicole Martens have been stirring up dancefloors all over, making waves with their ecclectic, often obscure yet very danceable tunes.
Feminist dance disco by Inssaf Uariachi, original GLUster Supreme.
February 25, 2012 – 11 PM – 5 AM
De Verdieping at Trouw, Amsterdam
Come and join us for a night over great performances and a little dance too!
Light Asylum protégé SOPHIE is a London-based musician and producer. SOPHIE’s music spins you upside down, dips you in water, flashes strobe lights at you, takes you on a slow incline to the peak and then drops you vertically down a smoky tunnel. It’s dance music that sounds very new and very high definition while at the same time hinting towards the familiar with a nostalgic streak. SOPHIE performed in different clubs and art spaces in both Europe and America and has an album coming out on London’s Huntley and Palmers label in January 2012.
Originally hailing from Portland and now based in Berlin, Pashly waltzes her way through seductive-vocals, falling somewhere in between Björk and Tracey Thorn. A compelling vision, extravagant wardrobe, surreal projections act as a backdrop to this abstract-art-Cinderella, Machine-like disco beats and minimalistic pulses, straddling New Order, Kraftwerk, and the dance-club underground.
Emerged from a circular cube of hot ice, rRoxymore is a solo electronic project of Hermione FRANK. She performs her sounds with bouncing tenderness. Her glittery wrestling cape hides her backline only to reveal her complex basslines, an extensible system of tribal pulses and sonant keyboards. She’s also part of PLANNINGTOROCK’s live band, taking care of all the beats.
When Harry Met Sally & TESSisMORE (Amsterdam)
Renowned DJ couple who need no further introduction.
December 16, 2011, 10 PM – 4 AM
Meneer Malasch, Postjesweg 2, Amsterdam
Girls Like Us in collaboration with Barbi(e)turix presents the official aftershow of No Bra, the German ex-London now New York based performer with no bra.
November 25, 2011, 10 PM – 2 AM
Le 9b, 68 Blvd. de la Vilette, Paris
Girls Like Us is taking part in That We Know / Wat men weet, 1994 –, a project by artist Hinrich Sachs, inviting three guests (Girls Like Us’ Vela Arbutina, Leontien Coelwij and Valerie Smith) to a public debate that takes place at a table on which all the September issues of the magazine ELLE are presented (28 editions). This magazine talk and live recording is part of the parallel programme Specters of the Nineties, an exhibition curated by Lisette Smits and Matthieu Laurette. The exhibition looks at the last decade of the 20th century through a selection of art works made in the period between 1989 and 2000 that could be considered as anticipating on the social and political constellations of today and the position of art therein.
November 12, 2011, 3 PM
Marres, Center for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht
Girls Like Us will be present at the New York Art Bookfair with a fresh batch of t-shirts and bags. Come by and say hello.
September 30 – October 2, 2011
MoMa PS 1, NYC
Girls Like Us at Vijzelstraatmuseum as part of Amsterdam Gay Pride.
3D installation on display, August 2011.
August 25 – 27, 2011, 8 PM
Vijzelstraat 72, Amsterdam
Screening of the lezzie porn movie ‘Community Action Center’ directed by A.K. Burns and L.A.Steiner. The movie – set in the larger surroundings of New York, is inspired by 60s and 70s male gay porn and moves away from porn cliches such as prefab dildo’s and butch fucks femme in police uniform. Instead, the video fucks with all the tropes and in the end is erotic, funny, weird and perverse.
Amsterdam premiere of acclaimed New York based band Light Asylum. The group, consisting of singer/drummer Shannon Funchess and synth player bruno Coviello, evokes echos of Ian Curtis meets Alison Moyet – or rather Grace Jones.
DJ entertainment by Love On The Beat and Lady Jane (Catclub Brussels).
Thursday June 2
OT 301, Amsterdam