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What is your show about? The exhibition features a video work that reflects on feminine identity expression by queer women that I know. It’s somewhat of a stereotype that lesbians and queer women express their gender identity as what might be considered androgynous, masculine or butch. But there are also those that feel most authentic when they express their gender in more traditionally feminine ways. The paradox is that those women are often ‘read’ as heterosexual – so while their femininity is visible in the way that their identity is reflected, their queerness is invisible.

How does it use new media to engage audiences? A version of the work will be projected on ‘The Bridge’, a walkway between buildings overlooking the Nepean Highway in Moorabbin. In the gallery the work is being projected as a 3D anaglyph video. The audience put on old-school red/cyan 3D glasses and get the illusion that the figures are walking towards them.

What sets your show apart from others on the Midsumma program? Each year, the work I have premiered at Midsumma Festival has gone on to have international impact. Virtual Drag, a virtual reality work featuring 3D scans of drag performers, has toured internationally. Inverto, first shown at Midsumma 2015, became the subject of an Australian Story on ABC TV and will be exhibited at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York in early 2018. I’m part of an international conversation about the intersection of queerness and new media art practices.

Muliebrity & Other Collaborations will be displayed at Kingston Arts Centre from Friday January 20 until Saturday February 25 as part of Midsumma Festival.

About Alison Bennett