Avant Guardians: Jaimie Warren and Whoop Dee Doo TV

Jaimie is a photographer, performance and visual artist from Kansas city who not only takes incredibly uncomfortable portraits of herself all around the world, she also co-creates a - wait for it - A FAUX PUBLIC ACCESS CHILDREN'S TELEVISION SHOW which will turn your brain inside out!  
We caught up to have a chat about her artistic projects and what makes Kansas city kids so rad. 

Name: Jaimie Warren aka Tina Pee Pee

Occupation: Photographer, Co-Director of Whoop Dee Doo TV!


Tell us about your portraits from around the world, what motivates you to create them and is there a message?

I started having portraits taken of me because I was just having fun in sort of a D.I.Y. way in Kansas City- like dressing goth and crashing a cowboy bar and losing a line-dancing competition, and things like that. 
I feel like my community has developed a very unique sense of humor that is super weird/gross/awkward because we have been friends with the same people for over ten years and never really had new people around to try to impress. It’s very odd, but sort of cool at the same time. So I began doing more performance work, especially when in a different country, where I would sort of insert myself into other cultures in this very amateur and low-budget sort of way and leave this very confusing moment in their lives where people couldn’t tell if I was being serious or not. 
I think my goal for peoples’ reactions is to just be completely confused or maybe grossed out. I am getting really into it and want to start doing more elaborate performances and documenting them really well and start using video. I am getting really pumped about it!




Jaimie is also the co-creator of Whoop Dee Doo TV - it's a kids TV show that never airs- and its kind of like that pickle surprise video except more ridonculous, amazeballs and totally heart warming. I know. If I have kids, i DEFINITELY want them watching this shit.    


  
What is Whoop Dee Doo?

Whoop Dee Doo is a super-fun amazing fake TV show that is based in Kansas City and we travel it all over. There are at least twenty INCREDIBLE artists who make it possible such as Matt Roche (the other co-director), Natalie Myers, Lee Heinemann, Lindsey Griffith, Chris Beer, Stuart Scott Smith, Roger Link, Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, Rochelle Brickner-Owings, Annie Lepique, and more!!! They are all insane and incredible and we get along in the weirdest, best way! 
We do free workshops with kids, like this amazing Little Richard workshop we are starting in 3 weeks involving 50 5-year-olds and a 50-foot cardboard piano! 
The shows involve the community and we try to form unique collaborations between community members who wouldn’t normally necessarily work together, and we try to show kids how many different types of people there are in the world and how many different talents people have – you will see everyone from Christian Mimes and Drill teams to drag queens, punk bands, Scottish dancers, R&B Bagpipe players, and dog trainers. It’s totally wild to see live. And we work with all sorts of people of all ages to collaboratively make our installations. The shows are sooooo much fun and we have upcoming shows in Philly and Portland that we are super excited about.

Someone once said that the show “fills the gap between what kids need to experience and what parents are afraid of”, and I thought that was an awesome way to put it.



Its such a unique idea, how did Whoop Dee Doo come about?

Whoop Dee Doo came about through a lot of trial and error, and it wasn’t really until I paired up with my Co-Director Matt that the show really took a successful form. For me, I feel like the show came about because of two different things. First was my obsession with the Chicago public access tv show Chic-a-go-go (www.roctober.com/chicagogo) which is SO AMAZING! Anyone from the public can come onto the show and DANCE! It is the most awkward, amazing thing I have ever seen. And I started thinking about how Kansas City is so unique because there are so many collaborative projects because everyone wants the city to make a name for itself, so people are so helpful and involved in each other’s projects. It’s an amazing way to work. 
Aaaaannd beyond that, Kansas City’s arts community is SMALL! So we are constantly reaching out to other communities/cultures/subcultures to collaborate and do different projects with, so it all made sense in the end! PLUS when you bring kids in the mix it makes it more valuable of an experience, but also more WEIRD! The very first trial episode was in 2006, so it has been a while, and the show has so much growing to do and we have so many ideas we haven’t even started to try out yet, which I think is super exciting!

Kansas city kids are mega awesome! I think there's something in the water. How important is collaboration and peer support to your art?

Insanely important. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the help of a million people as well as all of the amazing people around me that are so incredibly inspiring. It works both ways and I feel so lucky to be a part of something like this. I have the weirdest most amazing group of friends that are into such cool and weird stuff, and they ALL will go on camping trips with me!! (at least for the most part). But yes, collaboration is key in everything I do, and I feel blessed to be around such incredible, non-judgmental, open-minded and talented people.

Here are a few amazing examples:
Cody Critcheloe / Ssion - http://ssion.com/
Seth Johnson + J. Ashley Miller = Carnal Torpor - http://www.carnaltorpor.com/
Sean R. Ward - http://seanrward.org
 
SEE JAIMIE'S WORK HERE