Abstract: This paper looks at the ways in which artists have historically sought to use or refuse a particular subject position through technological modes of representation. Focusing on works that are made for or engage with digital technology, this paper examines themes of presence and absence, performance and authenticity in both historic and contemporary practices informed by feminist and/or trans discourses. Beginning with Sandy Stone’s 1987 provocation to trans communities to ‘forgo passing’ in the manifesto ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, this paper examines how digital forms of representation have historically been used to address the question of difference primarily by rethinking the category of ‘the body’ through the concept of ‘embodiment’.
Finding the Body – The Last Transgression
23rd April 2016
Location: LVMH E002, Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA
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