TranScreen Art Exhibition
The TranScreen Filmfestival is a multi-day film festival with international films on themes of transgender and/or gender diversity. TranScreen is a cultural and informative festival on the theme of transgender and gender diversity. TranScreen is an event in which (trans)gender diversity is the norm. A public space where everyone can be themselves in a secure environment. Regardless of gender orientation or sexual preference. A place to meet up and exchange international experiences in a relaxed and spontaneous way.
Visual Arts should again be present at the 2015 edition. We therefore ask for your support to help us, so we all can enjoy the work of artists Tara Transitory and Miss Tobi in the 4BID Gallery.
What do we ask? A financial donation to help us finance a nice and safe location and financially support the artists.
Many ‘closet’ transgender people, or those that have left that noun behind long time ago and are no longer within the transgender community, come to TranScreen. Therefore, the festival offers a special meeting. This is an important asset, the impact should not be underestimated. Will you help us realize this!?
Title: Fragments from the International //gender|o|noise\ Underground
The 3 video loops are 3 sequences taken from the work-in-progress titled Tara: Fragments from the International //gender|o|noise\ Underground which will eventually take the form of a feature length documentary combining the documentary/informative aspect of it as part of my life and practice. So on the one hand, there is a narrative of sorts that underlies the film which is largely chronological, in that it is the evolution and changes as experienced across time and geography/encounter; the other, the energy and essence of my practice and performance - now writ large as daily practice - which is more spontaneous and thus going beyond a straightforward narrative, to the complexities of the condition of gender as perceived, negotiated and as practised.
These loops are the result of 3 different performances I did with trans* people in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Each loop has been created to exist on its own and they do not need to be viewed in any chronological order.
Miss Tobi & Moana Mayall
Miss Tobi will contribute a special made sculpture. An Afrofuturistic mask as the support for queer and trans imagination as video collage. Metal sculpture plus mapped projections showing a mix of videos and audios from video performances by queer artists and movements in Brazil. It's a collaborative video sculpture by Moana Mayall (Rio, Brazil) and Miss Tobi Möhring (Berlin, Germany)
Sculptures became a creative means of expressing my ideas and imagination. Welding felt liberating, too, in comparison to the work as a precision mechanic that I did as a trainee from 1990 till 1994, where there are rules and prescriptions for everything. I always had to follow the drafts strictly, I couldn't figure out anything by myself except by which methods and steps I would reach the expected result. When I make a sculpture, I start out with just a vague idea of what it will be. The figures grow with time. I get inspired by the material, by its shapes and surfaces. It's a different approach altogether.
By joining old material, I create something new. In precision mechanics, I removed material from a slug by means of milling and turning. But what fascinates me is to bring objects that have their own histories and former functions, into a new context. To tell a new story.
I find my material in junkyards, factories (metal sheets where they punched out things), and in the street. I love to spend an afternoon rummaging through a junkyard where there's lots of bizarre stuff to be discovered.
Bosjacht is anxiety in the cocktail with aesthetics, voyeurism and interrogating eyes. The hunt is never fully resolved but the fear persists in a circular dreamlike narrative. The movie is an artistic reflection on the experience of being transgender and conflict of being exposed for this.
Chris Rijksen (1991) is a photographer, a questionmark and an activist for nuanced thinking. Chris is looking for the astonishment in the things that are already present, by exaggerating or re-contextualizing elements.
Mijke van der Drift & Alex Reuter
Title: Escaping into Common Places, having Gothic Adventures in the Neoclassical and Other Ages. Or: My Life is Framed by You.
Caught between hypervisibility and erasure, a trans*body is a rare body. Different normativities, embodied and enacted, make it a body in limbo. The trans*body can draw upon diverse embodied patterns, as attitudes, points of view and actions, that are typically reserved for different genders. A trans*body performs politics by morphing those patterns countering gendered assumptions about space, shape, intention, position, and norms. The trans*body can break open these invisible assumptions by rebounding them, by ignoring them, by being unable to comply with them, and by simply refusing them. Concept, Performance: Mijke van der Drift Concept, Media: Alex Reuter