Jesse Jones, Sarah Browne
The Truncheon and the Speculum
21 July 2016
As part of the 2016 Liverpool Biennial, artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones will present a live video broadcast from News from Nowhere, a radical community bookshop in Liverpool. CCA are pleased to be a satellite venue for the event and will be live-streaming it from 7:30pm on July 21st.
This broadcast explores historic state violence enacted through gynaecological means. Featuring material culture historian Dr. Lisa Godson and self-identified “cyborg witch” Klau Kinky of Catalan collective GynePunk, this event identifies the Contagious Diseases Acts of the 1860s as a key moment in the legislation of state violence against women in Ireland and the UK.
With this event, the artists and their guests propose a supplanting of the role of the state-sanctioned broadcast into domestic spaces. The online audience is invited to discuss and challenge the terrestrial illegalities of reproductive rights for women.
In the spirit of GynePunk’s bio-hacking we will be 3D printing speculums on the night for audience members, in partnership with the FabLab Derry. The speculum design was a gift to GynePunk from Urs Gaudenz (Gaudi).
The Truncheon and the Speculum is part of In the Shadow of the State, a co-commission of Artangel and Create Ireland; also supported by ART: 2016, the Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016, the centenary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Heart of Glass (St. Helen’s).
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