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INVERTO

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 4 INVERTO is a series taken monthly over two years bearing witness to an individual undertaking the process of physically aligning gender identity and embodied presence. The images demonstrate the impact of hormone therapy (testosterone) and gender reassignment surgery (double mastectomy, aka ‘top surgery’).

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 1 ‘Inverto’ is Latin for transform/transfer/transpose, and curiously, ‘invert’ is an old term for homosexual that carries transgender implications.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 2 The animation and paste up images have been put through a ‘glitch’ process. Bennett explains, “this genre within digital art practice  is viewed as a means of breaking the hermetic seal of the technology, a way of understanding the medium by breaking the limits of what the medium can do. I wanted to explore this metaphor with the technology of gender and present these images as a crack in the seal of gender construction. Judith Butler introduced the concept of gender as performance.  I am interested with the notion of considering gender as a technology, or a set of technologies. Make up, hair and clothing are just as much a part of that technology as hormone therapy and surgery. Like the metaphor of the cyborg, we are co-created by our technologies – we make them and they make us. The technologies we use are the structures that facilitate the conceptual models we use to understand our experience.”

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4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 4 Panorama
Glitch Images

Version of Record: Bennett, Alison, (2015). Inverto. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No.7. doi:10.7264/N36T0JXT

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