Tree/Body/Trouble of One´s Own
Installation, Brussels 2006
Assistance/Spatial conception: Wiebke Trunk
The work A Tree/Body/Trouble of One´s Own deals with different aspects of sex and gender, especially with the un/easyness with one´s own gender/s and sex/es.
installation, which presents audio-visual material, occupies a place which
is bound by four columns. Sexologic diagrams are projected on the spots
where the columns pass into the ceiling. Thereby the colums are supplied
with "crowns" and evolve to a kind of tree-charts of sex &
gender research. In the middle of this tree-nursery a real tree is planted
into a bucket, a bio-tree so-to-say with small speakers fixed on its branches.
One can sit down on a bench around the tree and listen to the voices coming
out of the speakers. These voices translate passages from interviews where
information scientists, technicians, artists and scientists talked on logics,
sexualities, genders and truth production. Beside the parallels between
digital production and images on sexes/genders, they spoke on their self
determination of gender identities, about normality and about the construction
of disturbance or deviance.
this work relates on one hand conciously to the site of its installation,
on its "room of it´s own", on the other hand to the feminist
perspective of Virginia Woolf´s text. In "A Room of One´s
Own", Woolf writes on the binary opposition of the words "trivial"
and "important". She reveals how the simple attribution of these
notions, f.i. to warfare on one side and to housekeeping on the other
side does evaluate two gendered fields of agency which exclude one another.