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Trans passport (Alexander Antonopoulos + Pascale Barret + Elias Jenkins)
What could a 'trans passport ' be like ?
Alexander : Borders between human and non-human, relevant medical practices
how are borders created through different types of language biographical is also iscribed by the medical
you are read as something other then you were before if your papers do not represent who you 'are' there is disruption of identity
passing is risk passing is discovery
materiality of bodily inscriptions
disrupting the system by using its signs, but how far can you go. systems getting systemized - hormonal changes [changing materiality of the body, wasn't meant to be unchangeable] might be enough for being read differently but the control is more in papers now.
control vs liberation the medical and the legal the medical is attached to the .. and the corporeal i don't see biology as a tabula raza theinscription is part of thebody itself there is a communication between the body and language that you cannot separate hence the semiotic bodily inscriptions we think of geographical boundaries but geographical is mediated by legalities which are relatively invisible to us when we look at a map how these inscriptions and borders are created through language the biographical is also inscribed by the medical looking at medical transition the way in which medical practice has provided the tools you take hormones that trigger some changes and then you pass when that happens, if your papers do not reflect how you are seen and perceived the present a disconnect and legally you are at risk passing is risk you are read in a manner that puts you at risk if you are discovered using the signs to be read as something different and how far you can go in manipulating the system is the question the system gets systematized more and more regions do not require surgical modifications to the body because the hormonal can suffice in how you are read if you sign an affidavid, you can get a gender reassignment this is not liberating, now all of your papers have to change gender enters into th ebody by dictating all the legal aspects of your body and you are not free i want to use my passing to craft papers that will allow me to cross some borders and not others we have a disruption of the system on our own terms with the risks involved the medical transition, the hormones transform the materiality of the body which is not supposed to be untransformable to begin with
using a passing to craft papers
montrer le monstre we are all a monstrosity
creating our own fictions
Using technologies or not. what legal documents are used/needed to pass
"Last May 2017, Belgium adopted the "law reforming transgender regimes regarding the mention of a modification of the registration of sex in the acts of the civil law and its effects". This is the result of a hard work from a group of associations and Lawyers "Equality Laws Clinic" ULB university (Immigration and asylum law, Reproductive justice and abortion rights, Transgender rights, Disability rights). In Belgium, before this new law, requests for gender change were governed by psychiatrists and surgeons (psychotic diagnostics & sterilizations mandatory)." https://www.genrespluriels.be/Un-grand-progres-mais-d-immenses-chantiers?lang=fr
Legal, but still needs signature of the parents.
In Germany: neutral gender ("third gender") - not a solution. redefines the definition of an 'other'
gender neutrality ? nature contre nature, seif medicalisation? (ex. gynepunk manifesto) natural ? male / female as a fiction ?
Tomorrow: a lot more material to go through.
anglo-normativity: how to speak about things that are hard to translate.
Pascale: I felt it was hard to talk about this subject, I felt unable -- but was good to rethink identity (white, cis female) To resituate myself, Genres Pluriels helped, to locate myself through transfeminism. It is a personal road I travelled.
Questions Alexander: Not sure what your need would be - where should we go? A would like to prepare - details on how passport became gender identity, how passports was created in post-ww era / The history of passports - gender and how it is attributed, how do we decide whether someone is male or female? it is all poliitical - we're in the era of trans, but do we know what it is? - how do you transition - how do we talk/write about trans people? ' right speak', trans is/as a new language. Glossary - American influence, colonisation by English language? Alexander wil give talk on Thursday based on his own biographical situation offer of A to use his specific situation to unravel the conditions of being in transition, how it transforms to norms, documents prepare together in session tomorrow
Biography: Eu born, migrated to canada when he was 7, disrupted when he transitioned later in life Borders and passports -- many crossings. It is a layered relationship to borders
'transmonstre' bodies as human and non human, always in motion reorienting all the time rethink gender in 3Dm not only 2D as a map 4D, to include time too. another way to get out of antropocentrism
Lexicon of exile (Florence Aigner - who worked with Molenbeek Formation -, An Mertens, Peggy Pierrot)
Working with a group of migrants All of them are learning French together wanted to meet
how to share something from them to us?
for them, all the time making stories that can make the moving possible. have their own narrative, and specific way to look at 'us'.
the lexicon was a way to insist on them being the experts of exile. There are a lot of structures we look away from (colonialism, for example and the government does not do that work either).
result is a lexicon. words related to transition.
wtc -- constant has a studio on the 25th -- overview over brussels. back door = vreemdelingenzaken/migrant affairs. entering through a different door (to get to the studio, not to the foreign affairs office)
asking to describe a point in the landscape, viewable from the 25th floor.
[descriptions in the pdf/papers in FR + EN]
creation of categories, interesting that most categories are described by two words. photography serie on the memory of body the body reappeared in different catgories
first space: think + make gesture, memory of where he/she/they came from second space: gesture during transition 'on the move' last/third space: a movement, position when in Belgium
For tomorrow: to see what words from their expertise touch us. How to relate to these experiences, relate it to your own practice. To start by incorporating vocabulary. Questions of language are overlapping Discovering they are sharing a vocabulary -- language as an idiom, becoming aware of it. Working at the differences it imposes. "My cat is my companion, is my brother, is my mother. It is my dream life"
Many more stories! [ok to use their/these pictures inside the workshop, not publicly]
Question: Why this specific school? A: We know the people that are trainers in the school, important. Q: Wondering what the lexicon would look like with other types of immigrants/refugees? Interest in idea of belonging. How a new place is viewed.
Group representative for immigration in Brussels. Demographics of Brussels. This group seems relevant for Brussels.
[back upstairs from Tanukis] Geo-body maps (Pierre Huyghebaert + Peter Westenberg)
Pierre: This one is less clear! How to exchange data between geography and (digital) bodies; Pierre Marchand, Pacom ... many possible entrypoints.
meme: the earth is a patatoide ! What is the standard earth? What is the deviation from it? projections in cartography uses "geodesie" - deviation from the standard globe. what if we consider the earth as a queer body? what are the boundaries of the possible deviations? what is tangible? if there are no bones in the inside, what is there? looking at maps that show layers: differentiating layers (a bit like segmenting organs)
"repere en pvc" references for maps, physical markings in Brussels (dirt!)
from the very big to the very small
philippe: images of faces to demonstrate projection alex: (how/when) does deviation become a new standard? patate as a metaphor patatification!
cheesy patatified standards :-) in geography, standards are already questions
science acknowledges that it's messy and difficult to translate 2D to 3D etc but common knowledge tries to translate this to standards
tools we will see tomorrow - used for putting buildings on a map, but in other cases it is used for trees with leaves that fall
thickness (of skin, earth, ...) every country has their own way. knowledge is dispersed and they do not collaborate [but maybe this means different standards can co-exist? and resist?]
there is a standard defining the surface but not on the subterranean/geology
The institute we will visit tomorrow ... What would be the earth's skeleton?
The legends are standardised vocabulary/symbology (??) The graphic language that is being studied ... Jean-Luc Parmentier
It is not a museum! The institution has trouble imagining its own impact? A chance to see how standards are developed within an institution (and institutions are built from it?)
experimenting standard floss tools for cartographic aesthetics cartographic etherpad ... yeah! map-log ethermap?
"my own fantasy is quite graphical" subjective cartography richness of discussions, but so hard to do anything graphical, really. one day we will have tools! showing other kinds of tensions. it is urgent. "the symbology of maps" grapheme, semiology of things on maps