TRANSlation

Client:

UoR Work

Year:

2017

ROLES: Sole Creator of TRANSlation. Editor, photographer, designer, writer, audio producer.

Created over 2017 and 2018, 'TRANSlation' is a body of work that explores the complex socio-political relationship between gender and computer binaries. 2015-2018 were revolutionary: Online spaces now platformed socially progressive education at a level never seen before. These global movements include the gender-diversity movement and the technological revolution. My art work engages these 2 movements, evaluating their similarities and following their progression from a constructed binary towards a more quantum, fluid state.

'TRANSlation' presents images of various anonymous people, with varying gender identities, and translates these images into QR scans and binary code, presenting the lack of inclusivity in traditional social attitudes that confine gender and gender behaviours to 'cis-male' and 'cis-female.' From this, these codes and scans are then translated into LGBT+ flags, re-birthing them with colour, as well as into rhizomic patterns that rebel against the previous binary confinements.
The final video, below, presents the consequences of anti-LGBT+ education and microaggressions towards LGBT+ communities. Informed by official hate crime statistics, primary and secondary interviews, and prominent LGBT+ activists, 'TRANSlation: Pay No MInd' is a literal translation of the the lived experience of many transgender and LGBT+ people worldwide.