Xenological Entanglements. 001a: Trying Plastic Variations

Lecture performance:Ā October 7, 2020 @8PM

šŸ“ Kapelica Gallery, Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana

Xenological EntanglementsĀ is a multi-year project exploring the xenomogrificationof the tranxxeno body. With altered scientific technologies the artistĀ makes herself the other. InĀ 001.Ā EromataseĀ at the Kapelica Gallery/Kersnikova Institute, the artist aims to genetically engineer testicular cells (known as Leydig cells) to overproduce oestrogen within a microgravity context. Growing out of the artistā€™s desire to be one of the first transgender people in space,Ā EromataseĀ begins to construct the necessary tools for a DIY space biology programme, including instrument construction and novel genetic engineering techniques.

Premiering at theĀ City of WomenĀ festival,Ā 001a: Trying Plastic VariationsĀ is a lectureĀ performance that frames this project within previous enactments of self-experimentation with her voice, hormones, and the audacity of tranxxeno imaginaries of outer space. With vocal transmutations based on the artistā€™s own self-directed arduous voice training, meditations on her prior work that has orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station, and early discoveries from theĀ EromataseĀ project, the lecture-performance will enact novel constellations of the body that arise from an understanding of its malleability.