Hazel Meyer worked with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Youth Council to develop this iteration of Ponytail Express.
Ponytail Express is an ongoing research-performance platform about athletics, aesthetics, gender, and co-opting mass forms of communication. It is a sports broadcast for the athletically apathetic.
Playing with the tropes of sports reportage, especially of the late 70’s with the emergence of hyper-masculine dedicated sports channels, Ponytail Express borrows and subverts the tools, environment and garments that distinguished channels, alliances and fans. The project places emphasis on the periphery of pro-sports, specifically amateurism and sport fan culture, as a place where bottom-up cultural production happens.
The project unfolded as both live and recorded broadcasts, interviews, an installation, hand-made paraphernalia such as microphones, banners and uniforms.
The barbells and banner for this iteration of Ponytail Express were inspired by a mutual appreciation of SpongeBob SquarePants’ home gym.