The selection of “gender identity” is the result of a specific comptetion which formed the basis for Cologne OFF I - 1st edition of Cologne Online Festival and was launched also on occasion of its opening in April 2006. Curated by Agricola de Cologne, the selection features follwing artists—->
Curated by Agricola de Cologne, see detailled info—>
Eleanor Gates Stuart (Australia) - Knit
Andrew Johnson (USA) - Black and White
Elisabeth Smolarz (Germany) – You and Me
Sonja Vuk (Croatia) – Cosmo Club
Beatrice Allegranti (UK) - In My Body
Nadja Solari (Switzerland) – Untitled 1
Arzu Ozkal Telhan (Turkey) - Entitled
Catherine Renaud Baret (France) - Gender
Joao Paulo Simoes (Portugal) – Take.This.Turn
Elia Alba (Domincan Rep.) – If I were a…
Jacqueline Then (Singapore) - Secret Obsession (Whispering Candles)
Alla Girik and Oksana Shatalova (Kazakhstan) – Warning! Women
Ina Loitzl (Austria) – Snow-white and red like a rose
Irène Tétaz (France) – Il Nue (the nude)
Unnur A. Einarsdottir (Iceland) - Toilet
Eileen Bonner (UK) - I Thou
Risk Hazekamp (the Netherlands) – Gay King
Rahel Maher (Australia) - Misstar
Dafne Boggeri (Italy) – I have lost my…..
Steven Dixon (Sweden) – The Invisible Girl
Ane Lan (Norway) – Ane Lan
Lorenzo Nencini (Italy) - Traviata
Razvan Ion (Romania) - Naked.Mask | Episode 1
Agricola de Cologne (Germany) - House of tomorrow
Joey Hateley (UK) – A: Gender
Michael Brynntrup (Germany) - TV-X-perm. (Being Queer As A Commissioned Work)
Sinasi Günes (Turkey) - Androgen
J.G. Periot + Tom de Pekin (France) – Devil Inside
Reuben Preston (UK) - 25 pairs of shoes and a man
Fred Koenig (France) – The Vodoo Diva’s International
Eleanor Gates Stuart (Australia)
Title: Knit, 2005
Duration: 9 minutes 4 seconds
Eleanor Gates-Stuart’s video, Knit (2006), is a gruelingly frustrating depiction of human condition. Her video works are described as - distinguished psychological mindscapes, claustrophobic and compulsively escapeless.
Rahel Maher (Australia)
Year of Production: 2002, Length: 2 minutes, Format: Digital Video
In its simplest form, Misstar is film about a woman who dresses up as a man. This process appears to entirely change her identity but this film presents the question: what is her real identity? Perhaps people have many gender identities and it is about exploring ways to express them. MIsstar is a short documentary exploring personal identity and one person’s experiment with her own.
This film involves two characters: Lee and Misstar (Lee’s drag persona). Misstar has many characters but this film presents just one of them: Johnny Gash. On many Friday nights Lee performs as a singing man in a Drag King shows. It’s entertaining for the people who go to watch; often amusing, sometimes confronting. But for Lee it is about exploring and fulfilling an identity that she feels doesn’t always breathe easily in her life daily life. Dressing up in drag allows her to find expression for a personal urge that materialises as both a committed performer and a convincing male personality.
This film presents the relationship between Lee and Misstar as a transition in gender identity. It traces Lee’s process of dressing up as Johnny Gash and the actual preparation for performing in drag that night. So, we watch her dressing up physically and psyching up mentally to leave the private persona Lee for a while and become publicly recognisable Johnny Gash.
Lee’s insightful descriptions of her identity offer a great commentary to the visual representation of the physical process of transition. We catch a glimpse of the dreams and the tradition that motivated and inspired Lee to create Misstar. And ultimately we observe Lee revel in who she is and what she does.