A 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.

Exhibition view
The 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.

So 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.

The exclusivity of bipolar systems concerning sex/gender as well as logics, as if one looks for example at the categories "male" and "female" or on the formal logical terms "true" and "false", shall be represented and analysed with the help of acoustic and visual materials. I have collected and recombined scientific schemes, tables and curves representing sexologic models and ideas. The rhetorics of a conventional visual language, which is informed by statistical methods, can be compared in a shifted working mode.Similar displacements happen with the translation and montage of interview cuttings. In the whole this work is about initiating a questioning of the "normal" as well as inventing a space of opportunities for alternative, ambivalent signs and manifestations

The Tree on March 17th / March 9th 2006