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Second Sex War

Sidsel Meineche Hansen - Second Sex War
Stemming from a series of works by Sidsel Meineche Hansen, this monographic catalogue offers a range of perspectives on urgent issues around gender, sexuality and labour in the digital age.
This book orbits “Second Sex War”, a series of works by Sidsel Meineche Hansen addressing political and ethical questions arising from the use of digital bodies in contemporary visual culture and the means of production and distribution for these commodities. Realising that the same avatars are used across the pornographic, gaming and cultural industries, she investigates the working conditions and relationships that structure these fields. Through numerous essays and conversations, Second Sex War, the book, emphasises her collaborations with various practitioners (animators, musicians, writers) and the way they have inflected her practice. Media theorist Helen Hester (author of the Xenofeminist manifesto) reflects on the limitations of the porn industry and the use of female avatars. Artists collective Radclyffe Hall talks to photographer Phyllis Christopher about early lesbian erotica magazine in the 1980s. Linda Stupart compiles quotes by Sara Ahmed, Kathy Acker and Ursula K. Le Guin to consider what is radical sex today.  Artist Hannah Black's contribution, which opens the publication, reads like a manifesto for artists being crushed under the weight of current political circumstances.
Published following the eponymous exhibitions at Gasworks, London, from March 17 to      May 29, 2016, and Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway, June 12 to October 16,      2016.
Sidsel Meineche Hansen (born 1981 in Denmark, lives and works in London) is a Danish artist. She produces exhibitions, interdisciplinary seminars and publications that foreground the body and its industrial complex, in what she refers to as a “techno-somatic variant of institutional critique”. Meineche Hansen questions the body in the field of industrial representations: robotic or virtual bodies, and their relationship with the working world of industries of gaming, pornography, and new technologies. Her research-led practice has taken the form of woodcut prints, sculptures and CGI animations, often made by combining her own low-tech manual craft with outsourced, skilled digital labour.
Her recent exhibitions include: “An Artists Guide to Stop Being an Artist”, SMK - The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2019); “Real Doll Theatre”, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; “End-user”, Kunsthal Århus, Denmark; “OVER”, Index Stockholm, Sweden (2018); “OVER”, Ludlow 38, New York City (2017); “No Right Way 2 Cum”, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; “SECOND SEX WAR”, Gasworks, London, znd Trondheim Konstmuseum, Norway (2016); “ONE-self”, Temporary Gallery & Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany (2015); and “INSIDER”, CUBITT, London (2014).
Edited by Sidsel Meineche Hansen and Robert Leckie.
Texts by Robert Leckie, Hannah Black, Helen Hester, Phyllis Christopher & Radclyffe Hall, Linda Stupart, Josefine Wikström. Entretiens with Helena Vilalta, James B Stringer, Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi) by Sidsel Meineche Hansen.

Graphic design: Soraya Lutangu.

Published with Gasworks, London.

published in March 2020
English edition
18 x 26 cm
102 pages (color & b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-918252-57-3
EAN : 9782918252573
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