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PUSH EU – Gender Lab video

Here’s a video taster of what this wonderful group of International artists got up to with me at the start of the year, supported by the EU-Funded PUSH project. Made by the incomparable Geraldine Heaney. Thanks to all the artists who took part – you can read more about them her on the PUSHproject.eu site – and to all the staff at Imaginate, especially Fiona Ferguson and Pamela Walker who looked after us in our intense week together!

More info about the next PUSH Lab exploring (Over)protection is now live. This will be in Belgium in September and looks like a great opportunity. More info here: http://www.pushproject.eu/events/over-protection-lab  and look out for the call-out soon.

Interview with Bootworks

And while I’m at it, I’m going to post this interview I did with the lovely James Baker from Bootworks Theatre. It was all the way back in August 2016 and sees us chatting about this Gendersaurus Rex projects alongside some of my other work with The Polar Bears and Fish And Game.

Might be nice for a wee listen with a cup of tea and a biscuit…

Gender-neutral speech = more inclusive

It’s clearly been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m going to get back up on that dinosaur and get a few things out there!

The article below came to my attention through Facebook and talks mostly about baristas but has great points and advice for anyone working in the service industry. Of course we can expand that out to anyone who works face-to-face with the public on a regular basis to think about our arts venues – museums, theatres, cinemas – and also any arts practitioners who are engaging directly with the public including children. So that might include when artists are working in schools, or in a Q&A session after a performance, or during a performance if there is audience interaction.

It’s very easy for us to fall into habits of using gendered terminology with people we’ve just met and are facilitating and it’s almost always unnecessary. Seemingly simple phrases like “Hello, boys and girls!” put an emphasis on people’s genders as the most important part of their identity and for some people that can be uncomfortable. Also, as the article states, “when you habitually gender everyone, you will eventually misgender someone. Misgendering hurts, largely because it is so unnecessary and could be avoided with a little more education. Not everyone fits into the binary words people are accustomed to communicating within, and not everyone who does fit into the binary might look like people expect.”

It makes me think of shows where a kid’s been pulled up onto stage as a volunteer and the performer refers to them as he before asking their name and finding out they’re a girl or other gender. It’s one of those potential car crash moments that just isn’t necessary!

With a little thought and effort, we can make our interactions with the children we meet in our work much more inclusive. I hope this article gives some ideas and understanding about why it’s important to look at the language we use.

Degendering the language of Customer Service

PUSH Lab

Very proud and excited to announce the artist call out for our Gender and Sexual Identity Lab as part of the Creative Europe-funded PUSH project. PUSH is a 2-year artist development project funded by Creative Europe, led by Imaginate alongside Krokus Festival (Belgium), The Ark (Ireland), Aabendans(Denmark)and Scenekunstbruket (Norway).

The first Lab will take place in February 2017… Continue reading “PUSH Lab”

Playing Up at the Tate

In April was invited to contribute to a symposium at Tate Modern to coincide with the launch of Playing Up; a new piece by Sibylle Peters in the form of a game for children, introducing them to live art. I was asked to deliver a provocation and talk on the theme of Dare and Danger. You can see my talk here in the first video:  PLAY LIST Continue reading “Playing Up at the Tate”

Interview

A quick interview with both Eilidh MacAskill and Gendersaurus Rex made by Geraldine Heaney.

 

We Should All Be Feminists

Here’s an article from the Guardian about how the Swedish Women’s Lobby is distributing a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s call to arms, We Should All Be Feminists to every 16-year-old in Sweden:

Every 16-year-old in Sweden to receive copy of We Should All Be Feminists

The book is based on Adichie’s TED talk of the same name, which you can watch here:

Sounds like a great way to open up questions around gender and feminism for young people.

#Trans101

Here’s a great introduction to Trans aimed primarily at young people, but great for all including very clear (if very fast!) explanations of some terminology – enjoy!

The Clothes Show

This weekend, The Gendersaurus Rex will be traveling to Manchester to perform a work-in-progress of a new piece called The Clothes Show. It will be shown as part of HAPHAZARD, an all-ages afternoon of live art for the curious held in the Z-Arts building and run by Word of Warning.

A couple of weeks ago I tried out a short version of The Clothes Show at the Imaginate Scratch event at the Tron Theatre and it seemed to go down pretty well with an all-adult audience, so it will be interesting to see if children like it…

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