Xenological Entanglements. 001a: Trying Plastic Variations
The livestream of the event can be followed on the festival website as well as outside the Kapelica Gallery (in the passage way of Kersnikova 4-6).
Xenological Entanglements is a multi-year project exploring the xenomogrification of the tranxxeno body. With altered scientific technologies the artist makes herself the other. In 001. Eromatase at the Kapelica Gallery/Kersnikova Institute, the artist aims to genetically engineer testicular cells (known as Leydig cells) to overproduce oestrogen within a microgravity context. Growing out of the artist’s desire to be one of the first transgender people in space, Eromatase begins to construct the necessary tools for a DIY space biology programme, including instrument construction and novel genetic engineering techniques.
Premiering at the City of Women festival, 001a: Trying Plastic Variations is a lecture performance that frames this project within previous enactments of self-experimentation with her voice, hormones, and the audacity of tranxxeno imaginaries of outer space. With vocal transmutations based on the artist’s own self-directed arduous voice training, meditations on her prior work that has orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station, and early discoveries from the Eromatase project, the lecture-performance will enact novel constellations of the body that arise from an understanding of its malleability.