Devenir is an interactive interface that allows the user to experience a gender fluctuation of their own face and voice by looking at an interactive mirror while watching interviews with transsexuals.
The project aims to reflect on the gender division, the social and political construction of the body and the flow of biological identity. What we imagine as biological and binary division between man and woman, male and female is a social construction: experiencing the interface could be a way to disable it.
I have resolved to do a project that goes directly to meet transgenders after studying the Spanish literary work of Beatriz Preciado, essential figure of the Queer Theory. I am interested on the feminist challenge formulated by early theoreticians of the Queer Theories in the '90s, analyzing the socially constructed nature of sexualities and identities as a key knowledge to understand gender in the 21st Century.
The installation offers a dualistic operation by confronting the audience with an interactive experience while featuring real stories based on a research of individual cases.
"We are all post operative loose bodies that transsexualize us. We're more or less operated by very specific social technologies." (Marie-Hélène Bourcier)
"Sexuality is like languages. We can all learn more." (Beatriz Preciado)
This are some of the features when Devenir is floating the gender of the person who is looking to the mirror. The real image of my face is the middle pic.
Exhibition at ARCOmadrid 2014
Devenir: Metamorphose your own self
Devenir: 2 hours interviews reaveling the intimacy of transexuality
Exhibition at Galerie Charlot
At MAB Museum of Brazilian Art
The project has different forms to present.
The installations can have from 1 projection until 11 projections that is the amount of interviewees.
So far, I presented it with 4 projections and one projection.
The software floats the sexual identity of the person, changing his voice and facial features
masculinazing and feminilizing.
We are using a Surface Pro computer tablet. The camera process a facial recognition and map
specific points of the face and change them so they can have a sense of identity change.
The microphone picks up the voice and change the tone from male to female and vice versa.
The audio gender changer is generally turned off because of the audio of the interviews.
The interactive mirror is a tablet surface pro where I did a cover using laser cut machine and extra light aluminum/plastic material called DIBOND MIRROR. For illuminating the face is placed leds and white acrylics in the cover. It was all done using Digital Fabrication techniques in Modulor, Berlin.
Recording the Interviews in my Studio at Cite des Arts in Paris. Grant by FAAP.
Thanks for the help of Heloisa Franco, Nadine Fraczkowsky Micaela Rava, Charles Pailhas,
Sophia Liu, Marlies Poschl, Rafael Andreotti and all the people who took part on it.
Special thanks to Cite des Arts, FAAP, MAB and Marcos Morais.
Process of investigation of Transexuals living in Paris. The research took place in Paris while I was doing a residence at Cite des Arts supported by FAAP.