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Marnie Weber

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Marnie Weber’s work of the past ten years has relied increasingly on her ability to live in the realm of the speculative and fantastic. She entertains narratives without feeling the need to resolve them in unifying conclusions or morals, imaging a parallel “what if” universe without submitting to an “if-then” logic. Recently, this predilection met her interest in the progressive, populist, and protofeminist mid- nineteenth-century American Spiritualist movement, which undermined both social hierarchies and established religious models by proposing equal access to an afterlife, with women often functioning as mediums to help us make the connection.

Wondering what it might be like if a girl band were to die and then come back from the dead to continue performing, Weber began to develop the characters of individual band members and assemble a group of collaborators. The Spirit Girls were born

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