I AM NOT A JOKE is a concert.
I AM NOT A JOKE is a performance.
I AM NOT A JOKE is not one, but many.
What if the 90s Riot Grrrl Movement, 60s Feminist Performance Art and Third World Feminism would have met and collaborated together?
The music-performance project THE KILL JOYS whose members are Olivia Hyunsin Kim, Magda Drozd and Company, start with this question in their Concert-Performance I AM NOT A JOKE. All coming from a Performance Art background, being influenced by different streams of feminism especially from the Third World and sharing a passion for music á la Riot Grrrl, pick up where they have left off. Especially under the current political climate where women need to fight (again!) for their voice and visibility, THE KILL JOYS want to address current issues which move us, upset us and unite us. Being post-migrant and post-feminist themselves, they want to include People of Color, LGBTQI people, diverse bodies and place their agenda not in an academic environment by and for white, heterosexual men mostly, but rather go back to the DIY spirit and create a concert performance where both performers and spectators actively engage while incorporating elements of the 60s Feminist Body Art. Inspired by female artists such as Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Mitsuye Yamada, Carolee Schneemann, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Blondie, The Slits, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Le Tigre, Babes in Toyland and many others, they (re)acquire space and time through poems, songs, manifestos, speeches for political agendas which concern us and create a subversive platform by and for everyone.
BECAUSE viewing our work as being connected to our girlfriends-politics-real lives is essential if we are gonna figure out how we are doing impacts, reflects, perpetuates, or DISRUPTS the status quo.
(Riot Grrrl Manifesto)