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Ladyfest Edinburgh

What is Ladyfest?

It is a global celebration of women in the arts, culture and society. The first Ladyfest was held in Olympia WA, USA in 2000 and since then hundreds of festivals across the world have been organised under the Ladyfest banner.

Every Ladyfest is unique, and organised by local women, using their own ideas and priorities. The festivals are often influenced by Riot Grrrl and/or DIY culture.

Ladyfest Edinburgh

Ladyfest Edinburgh is a non-profit, community based festival designed by and for women to showcase the women's artistic talents across all artforms including visual arts, poetry, literature, music, dance, performance and comedy. Each year the group create an alternative cultural space for the creative expression of women. The events are predominantly women-run but all are welcome to attend. By providing an arts space, we aim build up strong links within the local community, working with a diverse range of individuals and already established groups across Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

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"We Want You To Think Outside The Box, but not THAT much".

Last night at dinner, I was chatting with a couple of guys from North Carolina. One of them mentioned his friend who applied to the North Carolina School of the Arts, and sent in a screenplay.

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Filthy movie reviews: 9


Since I have been posting intermittently, I thought I'd share my quick review of 9 since it does examine gender, although admittedly it's brief.  I'd like to know what everyone thinks, but mostly this is just in fun...

I saw 9 a few days ago, and meant to do at least a quick write-up of it.  So here you go.  (Yeah, I'm going the lazy route because I'm, well...lazy). 

The Good
The artwork.  OMFG the artwork!  If ever there was animated eye-candy, the visuals in this movie was it. The whole movie was like one moving painting.  The ragdolls themselves were so richly designed in such detail and texture that they seemed real.  I think my favorite was in the opening credits where the scientist was assembling 9, stitching him together; one of my favorite hobbies is sewing, so I really appreciated the scene.  There's something poetic in using sewing as a metaphor for creation.  

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Morgasm: Call for models.

(This call for models is posted at Morgasm.  Visit the site for more information about the artist and how you can participate.)

This is a call for models - The project is outlined below but there are no limits on who I’d like to model for me. If the project resonates with you, please get in touch! And of course send it to your friends!

If you’re interested, reply to this post with your email. (here)

I’ve been asked to create a show for the Canterbury House in Berkeley. I’ve decided to photograph people (regardless of gender) in the traditional poses of the Virgin Mary - Each subject gets to choose the background, costume, and halo that represents what they feel makes them powerful and holy.

The Canterbury House runs a program for “UC Berkeley’s Episcopal and Anglican students and their friends.” It is a welcoming space for all people (regardless of sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, religion, ability, etc) to gather and discuss faith. I am friends with the Chaplain, Tom Poynor, and am supporting his program because I feel it’s a valuable space for people to gather safely to talk about their spirituality. Although I do not subscribe to a religion myself, I feel that this opportunity to explore religious iconography and reclaim the image of the Virgin for myself and my community is exciting and challenging.

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Dead bodies having sex...oh nooooeeesss!


Some of you may already know about Body Worlds, the exhibition of cadavers that combines science and art to educate people on human anatomy.  These cadavers are preserved in a process known as "plastination."

Body Worlds has come under scrutiny before, the exhibitions being deemed controversial.  While fascinating, there are some exhibits that cannot help but make the viewer uncomfortable.  I remember when I went to see Body Worlds here in Milwaukee last summer with my fiance.  He's a med student, so of course he liked the science aspects, and I loved the artistic aspects. 

I saw each preserved and posed cadaver as a sculpture.  But of course one cannot help but remember that each of these objects was once a living person, and this fact was never more obvious than the exhibit featuring a plastinated female body with its pregnant belly exposed, showing the preserved fetus inside.  A kind plaque informed us that the woman died in a car accident.  I couldn't help but think that that woman was too young, and she and her baby were related to someone.  I was caught, because while the sculpture was undoubtedly fascinating, frozen in a lithe pose, fetus curled inside the open uterus, I thought the exhibit was unavoidably insensitive. 

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Interview with Fang Ling Lee!

Interview with Fang Ling Lee!

Sunday, September 06, 2009 by M. Dickinson

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Bisexual Artists: Submit your work for an exhibition hosted at Good Vibrations!

There is a call for art from bisexual people being placed here.  Please visit the site and respond to Jack Mohr directly, if you are interested in participating.


I am a graduate student in the Sexuality Studies program at San Francisco State University, and for my Master's project I am organizing an art showing to promote bisexual visibility. I am seeking artists who identify as Bisexual (or with a label inclusive of bisexuality, such as Pansexual, Omnisexual, Ambisexual or Queer), to submit paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, or sculptures relating to their experiences of living as a bisexual person. This project is an opportunity for artists to represent what being bisexual means to them and to help promote the wide variety of people who are bisexual. Artists selected for the exhibition will have their work on display in the art gallery at the Good Vibrations on Polk Street from October 8 to November 26, 2009. Their will be a formal opening for the event at the beginning of the exhibition.

Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2009. To submit your work, please send and email to Your email must include:

- A digital photograph of the work, and the title of the work

- The work's dimensions. Hangable works will be limited to 8' in height and 6' in length. Sculptures will be limited to a base of 2' by 2', with a height no greater than 8'. Works may be either pre-existing work or work created specifically for the event.

- A paragraph description of the content of the work and how it relates to issues of bisexuality, bisexual identities and/or bisexual visibility (no more than 500 words).

- Your name, email and phone number. Selected artists will not be notified until after the submission deadline on August 1.

- Please specify if digital photographs of your work can be used in promotional materials and other publicity for the event.

All artists must be available during August or September 2009 to discuss their work with myself so that I can design captions for each work and for exhibition programs. All Artists must also be able to transport their work to and from the venue. Paintings, drawings, photographs and prints must be delivered in hangable condition.

If you have any questions about the project or the submission guidelines, please email me at

Jack Mohr, M.A. Candidate, San Francisco State University

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