The art works

Portrait of a Cyborg

Portrait of a cyborg is a photographic piece that considers the technology that we use in our every day lives.  Technology is all around us from the simple things that we take for granted.  We took photographs of the various technologies that we use daily. These were things from sensory enhancements such as spectacles and hearing aids; tattoos, make up and other body adornments;  binders that have been developed by sophisticated technologies in the textiles industry as well as drugs developed by the  pharmaceutical industry and affect our behaviour and our health.

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2100

The 2100 project asked: what will life be like for trans people in 2100. When we visited the Science Museum some of us tried out the tongue in cheek game that tells you if your brain is more male or more female. This project asked: Will we have found a medical reason for transness in 88 years time? Might we have a cure? Maybe body modification can happen at the flick of a switch. Maybe we can try out different genders or different bodies. Maybe nothing will change!

Public Service Announcement Advert: Gender

by Lex, age 19

Presented as old, archived footage in a museum in the year 2100. An advert from the past century screened as a Public Service Announcement. The topic is “Gender” and it primarily educated about the existence of transgender people to the public, as well as common courtesy surrounding them and socialising with them. Considered ‘radical’ and even ‘controversial’ for its time.

For the brief 2100, he designed a poster based on adverts put out by the Government surrounding social subjects such as bullying and alcohol. It shows how the public can respect the identities of transgender people. From this, he got the idea for a bigger animation project on the same topic. He researched the style of old 1960s and 1970s Public Service Announcement and Public Information Films and implemented it into the finished animation. From this, he thought the animation might have been ‘unearthed’ as old footage sometime between now and 2100, and placed in the museum as a relic of the past.

Identity and technology – The LGBT community and the internet

by Kane, age 21

I wanted to explore and demonstrate how the LGBT community has found a political platform on the internet. The idea came about after noticing that a lot of political campaigns are beginning to emerge on the internet and becoming more public. I want the collage to highlight the different campaigns of the LGBT community that have made headlines. I also wanted to include song lyrics which can be interpreted as LGBT positive, to encourage positivity.

Trans System

by Lex James

The structure of the internet is surprisingly similar to the nervous system in our bodies. Nerve cells are connected together like hyperlinks, with electrical signals travelling through both synapses and optic wires to deliver information to and from us. People say that technology is not living because, unlike human being, it cannot feel pain and does not have senses. However, it is capable of inducing reaction inside us – such as joy, sadness and anger – through content on the internet. I have compuled a system of internet pages to the topic of ‘Transgender’ by exploring hyperlinks on the website ‘Wikipedia’. The piece is laid out as a system of cells to illustrate the similarity between the two processes.

Trivial Hirsute

by Phoenix Ariel Thomas

Being trans has shaped my relationship with my body unlike anything else. This piece is about how I feel about taking testosterone, and medical transition more generally.

My body is going to change. I can try to shape how it does, but its ultimately going to be unpredictable, and might not turn out exactly how I would like.

In a way it might seem superficial. It’s not going to change what’s underneath. I’m happy with that part of me. But still, it feels important to try and do what I can from the options available to me.

by Phoenix, Age 24

Being trans has shaped my relationship with my body unlike anything else. This piece is about how I feel about taking testosterone, and medical transition more generally.

People in Shapes

by Luna Samson

My piece of work was based around the way we try to fit people into boxes. The first thing that came to mind was a child’s shapes sorter and trying to fit shapes in the correct place. I thought I would explore this idea through photography and photoshop, to represent the way people conform to gender stereotypes. I felt the child’s shape sorter could signify how early the process of gender socialisation takes place.

My body is going to change. I can try to shape how it does, but its ultimately going to be unpredictable, and might not turn out exactly how I would like.

In a way it might seem superficial. It’s not going to change what’s underneath. I’m happy with that part of me. But still, it feels important to try and do what I can from the options available to me.

Live Performance Body Painting

By Xander Wilson

In the first part of my performance I will be painting on a model, the subject matter will be an actualisation of masculinity and femininity as infections spreading across the body. The pink “virus” being femininity and the blue “virus” as masculinity. This relates to reclaiming my body, through expressing the masculine and feminine sides I feel inside me and the way these can be unwanted and conflicting within me.

In the second part of the performance, I invite the audience to participate. I will be doing small pieces of body art for volunteers. I want to help you express an emotion or identity that you feel is within you. You can choose to have this painted wherever you want (within reason).

Transgender journey

By Adrian

Transgender journey through lego figures is a small part of my life so far and also my aspirations for the near future. Each picture is me at significant parts in my life from nursery up to hopefully graduating from Aston university. The reasons that I chose to display this journey in lego figures  are firstly I am still living a child hood and love to play and build. Lego is something I did own as a child  and I still love it even now that I’m 19 and studying Design engineering at Uni. The next reason Is that to me Lego is one of the most innovative toys out there. It is so simple yet so effective, you can build anything your imagination can come up with, then take it apart and start again.

Technology doesn’t always have to be electronics , flashing lights and touch screens. The Lego brick Is also a piece of technology, it comprises of a number of studs on top, tubes underneath and the most important part friction. The Studs have a fractionally smaller diameter that the tubes and when pressed together create a friction based connection, and the best part is that any brick can be joined with another in infinite combinations. And lastly as part of my degree this year we have come across many innovative and amazing designs that have changed the world we live in these include the brio and the lighter. Yes ok they don’t sound like the worlds best designs but just think how simple but useful they are and how much easier they have made things. This is the same for lego as it has changed the construction toy industry forever but realistically it is just a plastic brick . As Dieter Rams said “good design is as little design as possible” and the way I see it is Good design goes unnoticed.

Also as part of Transgender journey through lego figures why don’t you have a play and create your very own mini me. The thoughts behind this interactive section is that you can be who ever you want to be and you can create who ever you want to be it is all up to you.

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