TRANSITIONAL STATES: Hormones at The Crossroads of Art & Science

01.02.2018 – 15.12.2018
Lincoln / London / Barcelona / Bologna

Camila Levy Daniel, Leyla de la Hoz and Pedro Giacomolli / Gérard Chauvin and Lanah Shaï / Fox and Owl / Holly Slingsby / Immaginare T / Jennie Pedley / Juliet Jacques and Ker Wallwork / Marianna Simnett / Marne Lucas aka CuntemporaryArtist / Mary Maggic, Mango Chijo Tree and The Jayder / Orlando Myxx / Raju Rage / Sarah Homewood / Zaya Barroso.

What effect do hormone uses have on emotions, sensations, sexual expression and desire? This touring video art exhibition presents the work of 15 artists and collectives who explore the immense role hormones have on our everyday life.

The works raise crucial questions about how society influences and regulates gender identity and capture broader explorations of sexuality and gender fluidity. The featured artists take viewers on sometimes intensely personal journeys and demonstrate the liberation they have experienced through the use of hormones. Other works look at the medicalisation of women’s bodies in relation to birth control, menopause and ageing, and offer an important commentary on how we use hormones to improve and sometimes constrain our lives in ways we rarely consider.

Artists, performers, writers and activists have employed various techniques to produce these works, including 3D animation, stop motion, and infrared video, and use a range of formats such as performance for the camera, music video, documentary, TV show and online feeds.

An international jury selected participants following a world-wide open call and the exhibition features 15 established and emerging artists from countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Brazil, Columbia, France, Italy, Sweden, UK, Uruguay and the USA.

Transitional States has been developed and is led by Dr Chiara Beccalossi (University of Lincoln) with support from the Wellcome Trust. The video art exhibition is curated by Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou (Arts Feminism Queer).

Transitional States will visit Lincoln (Project Space Plus) and London (Peltz Gallery), Barcelona (Centre Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, CCCB), Spain, and Bologna (LABS Gallery Arte Contemporanea), Italy throughout 2018.

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Project Space Plus, Lincoln, UK
1 – 27 February 2018

Programme of Events

Thursday 8 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6.00-8.00pm
From Silence of the Lambs to Orange is the New Black: Changing Representations of Trans People

This public discussion focuses on the representations of trans and gender diverse people in media, films and culture and will look at what has changed – and what has not – when it comes to their representation within mainstream media.

Fox (artist, film maker and trans activist)
Paris Lees (writer and broadcaster)

Owl (artist and non-binary trans activist)
Rebecca Root (actress)
Moderated by Dr Chris O’Rourke (University of Lincoln).

Thursday 15 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6.00-8.00pm
Sex, Science and the Body: Medicine and LGBTIQ People

This public discussion will look at how science and medicine has treated homosexuals, medical views of trans people, and current debates about ‘gender dysphoria’. Finally, it will offer some thoughts on the ongoing debates about hormone treatments and surgery without consent on intersex individuals and offer some thoughts on changes for the future.

Dr David A. Griffiths
(University of Surrey)
Dr Christina Richards (MSC DCPsychol MBACP Accred.)
Dr Janet Weston (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Moderated by Simon Fanshawe (broadcaster and writer).

Thursday 22 February 2018, Jackson Lecture Theatre, 6.00-8.00pm
Girls Gone Wild: Women Use Hormones to Take Control?

A discussion addressing topics such as the history of the contraceptive pill, IVF and the introduction of new medical technologies, with a specific focus on whether such technologies have changed women’s sexual behaviour.

Dr Hera Cook
(University of Otago)
Dr Alana Harris (King’s College London)
Sara Homewood (artist)
Holly Slingsby (artist)
Moderated by Professor Krista Cowman.

Peltz Gallery, London, UK
10 May – 11 June 2018

Programme of events

Thursday 10 May 2018, 6.00-8.00pm

Official launch of the Transitional States video art exhibition at the Peltz Gallery and a private viewing. Invitation only event.

Thursday 17 May 2018, 6.00-7.30pm
Pharmacosexuality: Sex and Hormones

A public discussion exploring the history of hormone use and how they’re used today, and offers some insights into just how much many people use hormones to develop and enhance their sexual lives.

Speakers include:
Prof. Erika Johnson (Linköping University, Sweden)
Dr Alex Dymock (Royal Holloway, University of London).

Tuesday 5 June 2018, 6.00-7.30pm
Testo Junkie: Hormones, Power, and Resistance in the Pharmacopornographic Regime

In this lecture, Paul B. Preciado will explore the invention and commercialisation of hormones, and the shift from disciplinary modes of production of sexual subjectivity towards a new regime of gender fabrication and re-organisation of the heterosexual norm.

Wednesday 6 June 2018, 6.00-7.30pm
Are Hormones a Question of Choice? Feminist, Transgender and Intersex Perspectives

Although society is recognising that gender is not binary and that many people do not conform to expectations and beliefs about gender where do hormones fit in this? How do they shape and reflect our identities? How are they used or abused? What impact do they have? And to what extent have different groups embraced or rejected their use?

Participants include:
Celia Roberts (Lancaster University, UK), sociologist and Professor of Gender and Science Studies.
Valentino Vecchietti, intersex human rights campaigner, independent academic and writer.
Stephen Whittle (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), transgender activist and Professor of Equalities Law.

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Spain
4 – 28 October 2018

Programme of events here

LABS Gallery Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy
22 November – 15 December 2018

Programme of events to follow


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