GIRLS TO THE FRONT
Participatory video, Tiny Stadiums Festival, Sydney, 15 & 22 November 2014
Part participatory work, part punk rock initiation, GIRLS TO THE FRONT is a video installation and live performance piece presented as part of the 2014 Tiny Stadiums Festival in Sydney.
GIRLS TO THE FRONT invites girls and women-identified individuals of all ages to perform a 30-second head bang on camera to become part of a video installation evolving in real-time over the duration of the festival’s Live Art Saturdays. The expanding video work climaxes with a punk rock party where participants and punters thrash out to Wollongong all-girl punk band Babymachine against the backdrop of more than 60 videoed head bangs collected over the festival.
Early 90s Riot Grrrl band Bikini Kill was notorious for establishing a ‘girls to the front’ rule at their concerts. This encouraged women to claim the front of the stage and mosh pit as their space, a traditionally masculine and aggressive site within the punk gig environment.The feminist politic of the Riot Grrrl movement greatly informed this work as Hissy Fit sought to create a positive, transgressive and empowering space for women and girls to engage with and celebrate the assertive and defiant parts of their identities.
Image credit: Lucy Parakhina