In the video document, Biofriction artist-in-residence Adriana Knouf talks about developing her project Xenological Entanglements. 001: Eromatase during her residency at Kapelica Gallery. She touches upon several aspects of the project, ranging from her childhood desire to go to space, xenology, self-experimentation, hormones, relationships between art, science and technology, to Leydig cell cultivation, thin-layer chromatography, open-source clinostat construction, and transhackfeminism.
Her research revolves around the analysis, expansion, investigation of the “xenon”, of what is indeed strange, foreign, alien and other. Although this research emanates directly from and in itself, as transgender, it expands by opening up avenues of experimentation that transcend spatial, conceptual and bureaucratic boundaries.
In the second part of the video, she talks about several different forms that her project took on: a lecture-performance 001a: Trying Plastic Variations, a text ALIENS–ONTOPOIETIC SELF-EXPERIMENTATION–MOLECULAR–MATRIX–VOICE, a public discussion Freaktion bar #14: Intoxicated by Estrogen, and a photo-performance and object titled 001b: Saccular Fount.
The artistic residency was realised in the framework of Biofriction, a Creative Europe research project, which focuses on generating spaces for transdisciplinary exchanges and experimental proposals. Supported by the European Commission – Creative Europe, the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana – Department of Culture.