Thursday 10 May 2018, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Official launch of the Transitional States video art exhibition at the Peltz Gallery and a private viewing. Invitation only event.
Thursday 17 May 2018, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Pharmacosexuality: Sex and Hormones
Almost everyone will have heard about the range of ways in which drugs – or pharmaceuticals – are and can be used for recreational purposes. Indeed, the media attention Viagra gained when it launched clearly showed that there was a want – and need – for pharmaceutical interventions in sex. Likewise, many people will also be aware that synthetic drugs are often used to enhance sexual experiences.
But what about hormones? How do hormones effect and impact our sexuality – and our sex lives? And do people use hormones to increase (or decrease) their sex drives? What side-effects can taking hormones have and how should they be used?
This free public discussion looks at all of these questions and more. It explores the history of hormone use and how they’re used today, and offers some insights into just how much many people use hormones to develop and enhance their sexual lives. Speakers include:
Tuesday 5 June 2018, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Public lecture by Paul B. Preciado
Testo Junkie: Hormones, Power, and Resistance in the Pharmacopornographic Regime
In this lecture, Preciado will explore the invention and commercialisation of hormones, and the shift from disciplinary modes of production of sexual subjectivity towards a new regime of gender fabrication and re-organisation of the heterosexual norm.
Paul B. Preciado is a philosopher, curator, and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics. An honors graduate and Fulbright Fellow, he earned a MA in Philosophy and Gender Theory at the New School for Social Research in New York, where he studied with Agnes Heller and Jacques Derrida. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University. Paul’s first book, Contra-Sexual Manifesto (Columbia University Press) was acclaimed by French critics as “the red book of queer theory” and became a key reference for European queer and trans activism. He is the author of Testo Junkie. Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics (The Feminist Press) and Pornotopia (Zone Books), for which he was awarded the Sade Price in France.
Paul has been Head of Research of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) and Director of the Independent Studies Program (PEI) from 2011 to 2014. He has taught Philosophy of the Body and Transfeminist Theory at Université Paris VIII-Saint Denis and at New York University. From 2014 to 2017 he was Curator of Public Programs of documenta 14 (Kassel/Athens). He is the author of a bi-weekly chronicle at Libération newspaper. He is a writer in residency at the LUMA Foundation, Arlès, France. He lives between Athens, Paris, and Barcelona.
Wednesday 6 June 2018, 6.00-7.30pm
Are Hormones a Question of Choice? Feminist, Transgender and Intersex Perspectives
Feminists and trans people have gained greater representation in the media in recent years not least because of controversies regarding debates about identity. In contrast, people with intersex variations continue to struggle for acknowledgement, visibility, and greater representation. While the coverage has certainly not all been positive, much of it has focused on women’s and trans’ rights, but intersex human rights and the struggle to gain legal protection for bodily integrity remains largely overlooked.
Although society is recognising that gender is not binary and that many people do not conform to expectations and beliefs about gender where do hormones fit in this? How do they shape and reflect our identities? How are they used or abused? What impact do they have? And to what extent have different groups embraced or rejected their use?
This public discussion will feature three leading thinkers in their fields, addressing these questions and many more. Speakers include: