Granted, my exposure to Icelandic culture is limited to, well, Björk, but based on that and now The Weird Girls Project, it certainly seems like a creative, and zany, place to be. Artist Kitty Von-Sometime (a British expat) started the Weird Girls over four years ago noticing her female friends’ social self-consciousness and lack of creative outlets. It has grown to almost 60 Weird Girls and 12 episodes that include spandex, bunny masks, and glow-in-the-dark effects. There’s a Busby Berkely-meets-Björk element to some of them.
The Weird Girls Project is an ongoing art experiment created and produced by concept artist Kitty Von-Sometime. It evolves ‘Episode’ by ‘Episode’ and the participants mix between those involved from the beginning and new members increasing with every event. Each Episode is planned for approximately three months with the participants knowing as little as is possible about the event excluding the date, this includes the concept, location and costumes. The experience is one of empowerment, overcoming self-consciousness and body image, comradery, as well as (for lack of a better term) girl power.
Filmmaker Adrienne Grierson, after a two-year wait, became a Weird Girl and, along with Martina Moor, is documenting the whole experience and the 13th Episode in her upcoming documentary “I Want to Be Weird in Iceland.” Here’s her kickstarter trailer, well worth watching: