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Film La Femme Automatique

‘La Femme Automatique’ Collective Film by La Sirena

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Talks and Presentations

‘How Lewis Carroll’s Heroine Inspired Female Characters in Cinema, Gaming and Literature’

Daina Kopp gives presentations on Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction (both Human and Animal), Male Contraception, Cross Cultural Analysis of Gender, and Sexuality in SciFi and Fiction. This free Zoom presentation on “How Lewis Carroll’s Heroine Inspired Female* Characters in Cinema, Gaming and Literature” will be hosted by the Lewis Carroll Society UK.

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Alice rules!  

How Lewis Carroll’s Heroine Inspired Female  Characters in Cinema, Gaming and Literature 

A talk by Daina Almario-Kopp 

The character of Alice was ground-breaking not only because, in both Wonderland and Looking-Glass,  Lewis Carroll broke with the tradition of morality tales in children’s literature, but also because his heroine  was not a passive little girl but a powerful independent-minded female protagonist. This presentation will  focus on other female protagonists who followed in the footsteps of Alice; they went off on their own  adventures, didn’t need to be rescued, and succeeded in their quests by using their own ingenuity, by using their ingenuity, determination and perseverance. Literary examples include but are not limited to: Momo  (Michael Ende), Matilda (Roald Dahl), Coraline (Neil Gaiman) and Pippi Longstockings (Astrid Lindgren). Films include: Lara Croft (the film and video game of the same name), Dorothy (Wizard of  Oz), Ridley (Aliens), Asoka (Star Wars; The Clone Wars), and Hermione (Harry Potter). 

Daina Almario-Kopp is a scientist, polyglot, public speaker, and translator who speaks six languages.  Daina has degrees in Gender Studies and Psychology from University of Illinois Chicago and in  Theatre Costuming and Biology from Columbia College Chicago. She was Visiting Researcher (studying the behaviour of naked mole-rats) in the Biology department at Queen Mary University of London but most of her research is in human gender dynamics and reproductive behaviour. She is a long-time member of both the Lewis Carroll Society and the Lewis Carroll Society of North America.

7pm (GMT) 29 October 2021 (online)

This presentation will be recorded and the link to the recording will be posted here when it is available.

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Enquiry La Sirena

Images of La Sirena

This image of La Sirena was photographed by our very own Daina Kopp in her Mexican neighbourhood of Pilsen in Chicago, which is renowned for its many art murals.

We are committed to the discovery of sirens across the world, so if you encounter one of these rare creatures on your travels, then please do alert our research team at lasirenasurrealistgroup@gmail.com.

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Enquiry Game

Responses to the ‘Scrap Collage Challenge’

Below is an example of a ‘Scrap Collage’ contributed by our dear friend, Irene Plazewska, whose equally beautiful Images of La Sirena also feature on our blog.

‘giraffascope’ by Irene Plazewska 

Do keep sending us your responses to the ‘Scrap Collage Challenge’ at lasirenasurrealistgroup@gmail.com as we would love to feature them on our blog!

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Images of La Sirena

Our dear friend and comrade, David Nadeau, has kindly sent us a beautiful siren image and according to him: ‘Cardboard sirens were placed in small transparent bags, hung on the terrace of L’Arche L’Étoile, a day center for people living with intellectual disabilities (Quebec City, Canada). The name of the terrace is “Faisons-nous une place” (“Let’s make a place”).’

If you would like your siren images to be featured on our blog, do send them to us at lasurrealistgroup@gmail.com where they will be in very good company!

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Enquiry Game

Meeting with Surrealerpool

Last Friday 8th October 2021, members of Surrealerpool joined La Sirena in their weekly online meeting and individuals from each group created their own automatic artworks and attempted the ‘Scrap Collage Challenge’, the results of which can be seen below.

Don’t forget to send your own ‘Scrap Collage’ creations to lasirenasurrealistgroup@gmail.com and why not head over to http://www.surrealerpool.online to check out some of the surrealist games played by Surrealerpool?

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Article La Sirena

‘A Voyage to Sirenusa’ by La Sirena

An article by La Sirena featuring in Peculiar Mormyrid’s 10th issue on The Reinvention of Travel (Fall 2021).

‘Octopus’s Garden Concert’ by Daina Kopp
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Enquiry Game

‘Scrap Collage Challenge’

I have recently begun to create collages using only scraps of material that I have saved from previous artworks, which would have otherwise been discarded. This challenge forces me to work with constraints and be more creative with the way that I use my materials. I have found this to be a much more automatic process than my usual collages because I have less materials to work with, which means that I can work faster than I normally would. What I also like about this challenge is that I am able to recycle imperfect materials and transform them into something new, which maximises the opportunity for chance encounters within the collage itself. Moreover, the act of recycling scraps and using found materials produces less waste, which means that this form of collage is arguably more eco-friendly than others.

Further examples of this form of collage can be seen in my contributions to ‘La Femme Automatique’. This follows on from other experiments with the use of ‘constraints’, as seen in both the ‘Collage Postcard Game’ played by myself and Darren Thomas and his collage, ‘Songs of the Siren (No 11)’.

If you would like to attempt the challenge for yourself and have your collage featured on our blog, then please send your artwork to lasirenasurrealistgroup@gmail.com.

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Mad Love

‘A Labour of Mad Love (No 2)’

Hand Cut Collage & Mixed Media by Taya King and Darren Thomas
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La Sirena

Images of La Sirena

A beautiful siren image, contributed by our dear friend, John Welson.

Bittern Walk, The Siren’s Dance