Gendered Intelligence launches new showcase at the Science Museum, called: ‘What makes your gender?’
Throughout LGBT History Month this February and continuing into April 2014, the Science Museum will showcase a new display that asks its audience: What makes up your gender? The display, which can be seen in the Who am I? Gallery, aims to demonstrate a shift away from seeing gender simply as a boy/girl binary towards viewing gender as something much more dynamic.
The display has been created by 17 young transgender people from the Gendered Intelligence organisation.
Each day, both consciously and unconsciously, we draw upon all sorts of items that allow us to manipulate our bodies and express our gender identity. This case holds a mirror up to our day-to-day experiences of conforming and not conforming to societal expectations of being a ‘boy’ or a ‘girl’.
As part of the project, the young people collected three oral histories with important older members of the trans community – equalities campaigner Christine Burns, arts producer Serge Nicholson, and internationally renowned singer (or VSG friends) Mzz Kimberley
On February 26, as part of the ScienceMuseum’s Lates with MasterCard there will be an interactive tour in the Who Am I? Gallery led by members of Gendered Intelligence, followed by a short performance from Mzz Kimberley.
Mzz Kimberly is a US singer and performer, now living in the UK. She has become one of the UK’s most fashionable artistes, winning the 2011 BOYZ award for best cabaret artist. With a powerful belting voice and broad vocal range, she entertains her audiences with a wide repertoire of musical genres. Mzz Kimberley’s voice has been compared many times to Shirley Bassey and Tina Turner. Mzz Kimberley has been nominated for best vocal 2014 London Cabaret award.
One of the young members of Gendered Intelligence said:
“I really identify with Mzz Kimberly because my journey really reflects hers, as she began as a drag queen but is now trans. Speaking to her about the hardships she has faced as a trans woman really resonated with me but then hearing how she overcame these hardships sent me on my way feeling inspired to be true to myself.”
Audience Researcher Kayte McSweeney says:
“The Science Museum is delighted to be working with Gendered Intelligence on this All Our Stories Project. Not only have the group developed an exciting and provocative new display for our Who Am I? Gallery, but they have also helped us consider our medical and psychology collections in new and thought-provoking ways.”
The All Our Stories Project is about giving everyone an opportunity to get involved in their heritage. Through this project exploration, I think we have also created a fascinating insight into the history of science and medicine in relation to transgender heritage for our visitors.”
To see more go to genderedintelligence.co.uk/whoami
For further information, please contact Jay Stewart on 07540 261 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out some web content on the Science Museum website as well as genderedintelligence.co.uk/whoami
We have two events attached to this project:
LATES at the Science Museum (18 plus)
Wednesday 26th February (Doors open from 18.45 to 22.00)
The Science Museum’s Lates with MasterCard take place on the last Wednesday of every month at the Science Museum. This month Lates will explore the bio-revolution. Entry to Lates is free and for ages 18+ only, no prior booking is necessary. There will be an interactive tour at 7.45 finishing with a singing performance by Mzz Kimberley
Celebration event at the Science Museum
Monday 17th March (6 - 8pm)
This is a community, famliy and friends event for all ages. All are welcome butbooking is essential. The Science Museum are closing the building just for us. This is a private event.
BOOK NOW (booking ends on 7th march as we need give the list of names to the Science Museum for security reasons. If your names not on the list….)
BUT there will be canapés!