Making Trans*lucent - En/Countering Categorization

Talk at DGTL FMNSM with MELT

Performative Lecture at DGTL FMNSM 2019, Hellerau, Germany

In this performative lecture we will explore how our embodiments can melt categories, matters, and en/counter algorithmic and other classifications. Through melting, making trans* lucent and sharing we aim to warmly critique current modes of governance. Exploring the political dimension of classification as it interacts with trans*gender and GNC bodies, our contribution will uphold artists, designers and coders working on computational objects, games and methodologies that make power relations leaky and categories permeable. We will look at leaking and permeability, not opposed to, but as core practices embedded into computation, and play with distributed agencies and actants within the room. Remembering that tech is embedded and embodied our presentation will turn towards the material discursive entanglements that are shyed away from in popular representations of tech as disembodied, and focus our attention towards those already performing the otherwise.

MELT is Loren Britton & Isabel Paehr.

ice cubes in front of laptops that are connected via Skype picture of MELT taken during the lecture