INVERTO in FOREVER NOW launch at MONA FOMA 18 Jan 2015
see the story here: http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s4163338.htm
INVERTO PROJECT WEBSITE: http://inverto.me/
INVERTO launching in Jan
a glitchy take on the technology of gender
INVERTO is a series of photographs taken monthly over two years bearing witness to an individual undertaking the process of physically aligning gender identity and embodied presence. The images demonstrate the impact of hormone therapy (testosterone) and gender reassignment surgery (double mastectomy, aka ‘top surgery’) following pregnancy. The images are presented as a glitchy time-lapse animation, reflecting something of the flicker and disjunction of the subject’s transgender experience.
This work by Alison Bennett will launch this coming January 2015. It has been selected for inclusion in the FOREVER NOW project, a curated international collection of artworks that will be beamed into space and launched at MONA FOMA 18 January 2015. Inverto will then feature at MIDSUMMA’S TESTING GROUNDS in Melbourne on the evening of 29 January as part of the Midsumma Festival.
‘Inverto’ is Latin for transform/transfer/transpose, and curiously, ‘invert’ is an old term for homosexual that carries transgender implications.
The animation images have been put through a ‘glitch’ process. As Bennett explains, “this genre within digital art practice is viewed as a means of breaking the hermetic seal of the technology, a way of understanding the medium by breaking the limits of what the medium can do. I wanted to explore this metaphor with the technology of gender and present these images as a crack in the seal of gender construction. Judith Butler introduced the concept of gender as performance. I am interested in the notion of considering gender as a technology, or a set of technologies. Make up, hair and clothing are just as much a part of that technology as hormone therapy and surgery. Like the metaphor of the cyborg, we are co-created by our technologies – we make them and they make us. The technologies we use are the structures that facilitate the conceptual models through which we understand our experience.”
ALISON BENNETT is an artist working in photography and digital media currently completing a ‘creative practice as research’ PhD at Deakin University as a member of the Deakin Motion.Lab. In late 2013 a body of work called ‘Shifting Skin’, featuring detailed prints of human skin marked by tattoos overlaid with 3D augmented reality, struck a chord with audiences and received international viral media attention, including Mashable, Huffington Post, Nigerian television and ABC TV evening news bulletin. The exhibition has since toured nationally and internationally.
FOREVER NOW at MONA FOMA 18 Jan
MIDSUMMA’S TESTING GROUNDS 29 Jan
INVERTO Project blog