Here’s long overdue update to the website about ongoing work and projects that I have been tipping away over lately…
So, I’ve been playing around with new imagery for the GASH Collective. In concept, its focus is to draw attention to the absurdity of sexualized female bodies in media. Another element that I have been using in the construction of the GASH collective’s aesthetic is the creation of nostalgic images using famous women of the 90’s and 00’s. As many of these women have faced harsh criticism by tabloids, heavily rooted in societal misogyny, I wanted to attempt to re-write their narratives through VHS-reminiscent imagery and satire.
Many of these images are of women cut into ‘parts’ either by glitch or fading. However, instead of objectifying the body parts, focus is given to the GASH Collective logo, or words, ‘GASH COLLECTIVE’. By doing this, not only is GASH’s artwork re-appropriating a derogatory word, but attempting to change the cultural context that typically surrounds sexist imagery.
Some examples of imagery I’ve been playing around with can be seen in the gallery below:
I’ve been quietly working on some new music. The tracks that I’m making available to listen to at the moment are available via my soundcloud. Currently, the tracks that I have been uploading have been playing with layering small amounts of samples and utilizing different percussion styles. These tracks are raw and unfinished as of now, but they are to serve as a sample of (and motivation to finish) a larger audio-visual project that I am working on completing by the end of February. My latest two, SAFARI: TIGHT RUNS and BREAKING NEWS: BURNING RAGS, will be included to some degree in this up-coming project.
You can listen to SAFARI: TIGHT RUNS below:
I haven’t updated this in a while, so I thought it would be a good idea to give an update with one of my latest posters for a GASH takeover in Galway on December 11th. More updates soon to follow this…
On International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2016, the GASH Collective was founded by Irish-based musician ELLLL, with the incentive of providing a platform for women involved in left-field electronics in Ireland. Inspired by Female:Pressure’s VISIBILITY project and collectives like SIREN London and DISCWOMAN NYC, GASH was created in order to shine a light on female producers and DJs in Ireland. Having an active interest in electronics myself, I was keen to participate in and support the collective in any way possible.
What projects is the GASH Collective involved in?
Currently the GASH collective has a monthly radio show on the Irish station, Radió na Life, allowing listeners to experience a diverse range of music made available through different GASH member’s mixes. (You can listen to the radio show, here.) Additionally, GASH, has hosted two successful events where female DJs and producers including ELLLL, Cailín Power, Joni, Lolz and others have played sets exploring the sounds of left-field electronics. As the GASH Collective is still in its early days, it is expected that more exciting gigs, mixes and events are due to come.
What is your role in GASH?
My role in GASH couples aesthetics and promotion of the collective in order to reach new audiences and encourage the involvement of other women interested in electronics. In participating in the GASH collective, I create visuals that assist in the artistic expression of what GASH is. These visuals include promotional posters, video and visuals to accompany the live performances of GASH collective DJ’s and producers.
How do I get involved in the GASH Collective?
Until next time,