GenderBlending

GenderBlending was a work session lasting from 11 till 22 November 2014 in Beursschouwburg, inviting body hackers, 3D theorists, game activists, queer designers and software feminists to experiment at the contact zones of gender and technology. Starting from the theoretical and material specifics of gender representations in a digital context, GenderBlending was an opportunity to develop prototypes for modelling digital bodies differently. More specifically, it allowed us to look at the way software conditions social readings and imaginations of gender.

GenderBlending consisted of the workshop Gendered Turing Tests, a Worksession, a Public Archive, and two public events: the evening of screenings and discussion Some Birds Are More Like Fish and the evening on queer sporting Kick%Sync%Trans.

The activities at Beursschouwburg took place in the context of the Transformers focus programme.

GenderBlending was organised by Constant, in collaboration with De Beursschouwburg, Anne Smolar and Željko Blaće. With contributions by Pink Screens/Genres d’à côté, Maria Ptqk, Lola Lasurt, ginger coons, Nathalie Grandjean and many others.

Coordination
Femke Snelting, Wendy Van Wynsberghe, Anne Smolar and Željko Blaće

Participants
Adva Zakai, Alix Le Grouyellec, ginger coons, Freja van den Boom, Jara Rocha, Laurence Skivée, Lola Lasurt, Maria Ptqk, Martino Morandi, Natacha Roussel, Nathalie Grandjean, Nicolò Merendino, Pascale Barret, Phillip Langley, Pierrick Picaut, Rebekka Eisner, Vera Schlusman, Xavier Gorgol

Documentation

Afterlife

The Make Human Bug Report has been presented as a performative lecture by Adva Zakai, Xavier Gorgol and Femke Snelting in Muhka and at’Unruly Bodies’, the yearly Sophia Seminar.


GenderBlending was made possible with the support of: Gelijke Kansen, Genderklik, Semaphore Research Cluster, University of Toronto, Mitacs, Autodesk Research and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

Articles

Discussion · 2016

Possible Bodies

Possible bodies is the workingtitle for a collaborative work on ways 3D-software conditions imaginations of gender. Looking at the practice of 3D-modelling, scanning and printing, we are (...)

Some Birds Are More Like Fish

Some Birds Are More Like Fish is an evening of screenings, presentations and discussion around bodies beyond categories. From "speculative biologies" to parameters of detection, we’ll think (...)

Kick%Sync%Trans

Kick%Sync%Trans is an evening on de-normalizing/gendering sport hosted by Željko Blaće. With presentations by artists Željko Blaće and Lola Lasurt, and screening films by Tom Weller and Dylan (...)
Exhibition · 2014

Public Archive

A collection of games, video works, documents, objects and images that was compiled as a reference library for the GenderBlending worksession. Featuring the Diversity Kickertable, a modded kicker (...)
Workshop · 2014

Gendered Turing Tests

As part of this year’s Pink Screens Festival, Canadian editor, designer and researcher ginger coons explores in this workshop how we parse gender and gender representation when others are divorced (...)

Call for participants

GenderBlending is a six day worksession taking place from 17-22 November in Beursschouwburg, Brussels. GenderBlending calls body hackers, 3D theorists, game activists, queer designers, and (...)
Worksession · 2014

Worksession

Gender Blending gathers body hackers, 3D theorists, game activists, queer designers and software feminists around the table to challenge typical digital representations of the body, bending the (...)
Workshop · 2014

Belgian Homeless cup

Belgian Homeless Cup is a sports tournement for homeless people and asylum seekers. During this year’s edition, an all female football team will design new figurines on a kicker table. Homeless, (...)