Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Portfolio: Sidsel Meineche Hansen

Portfolio: Sidsel Meineche Hansen

Sidsel Meineche Hansen: SECOND SEX WAR
Gasworks, London
17 March – 29 May 2016

I would like to either abolish gender or multiply it beyond the binary, which would equate to the same thing,” says Danish-born, London-based artist Sidsel Meineche Hansen, whose current exhibition, SECOND SEX WAR, explores how this concept might be (re)produced in virtual adult entertainment.

Among other things, a new animated video, presented on Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets, considers the question of what post-human sex and sexuality might be like. Visitors take on the role of the avatar EVA v3.0 to experience this firsthand. Meineche Hansen is, in part, motivated by the feminist “sex wars” of the late 70s/early 80s, which politicised the concept and representation of female sexuality and led to a split of the feminist movement into anti-pornography and anti-censorship camps. Her own attitude towards pornography is unresolved, but her work debatably falls into the category of 3D porn. But is pornography art? “Sure, if you say it’s art, it’s art,” Meineche Hansen replies nonchalantly.

Alongside the video, Meineche Hansen is displaying a series of polymer clay sculptures and reliefs. Her practice is research-led and a series of seminars, planned for during SECOND SEX WAR, will look at the overlap between pornography and body horror. Although entrenched in academic discourse, they will be open to all. As for the exhibition, however, parental discretion is advised!

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