Christine in the Cutting Room

Lecture Description

This lecture dives deep into the visual archive of the most famous transsexual of the 20th century, Christine Jorgensen, who made headlines around the world when news of her “sex change” hit the press in 1952. The lecture uses the tension between Jorgensen’s aspirations to be a filmmaker and the reality of her celebrity status to suggest how transsexuality can be considered a “technology of appearance” that, through a cinematic logic of image-making that makes use of surgery and hormones, allows its practitioners to reconfigure their relationship to the visual and social field. The lecture included clips from an experimental transmedia work-in-progress about Jorgensen’s image-making practices.

CATEGORIES

Gender, Masculinity, Femininity

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