Devenir : An Interface of gender Fluctuation
Interactive Installation and Video Interviews/ 2013
Award the Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists in Germany.
Devenir is an interactive interface that allows the user to experience a gender fluctuation of their own face and voice by looking at an interactive mirror while watching interviews with transsexuals.
The project aims to reflect on the gender division, the social and political construction of the body and the flow of biological identity. What we imagine as biological and binary division between man and woman, male and female is a social construction: experiencing the interface could be a way to disable it.
I have resolved to do a project that goes directly to meet transgenders after studying the Spanish literary work of Beatriz Preciado, essential figure of the Queer Theory. I am interested on the feminist challenge formulated by early theoreticians of the Queer Theories in the '90s, analyzing the socially constructed nature of sexualities and identities as a key knowledge to understand gender in the 21st Century.
The installation offers a dualistic operation by confronting the audience with an interactive experience while featuring real stories based on a research of individual cases.
"We are all post operative loose bodies that transsexualize us. We're more or less operated by very specific social technologies." (Marie-Hélène Bourcier)
"Sexuality is like languages. We can all learn more." (Beatriz Preciado)