Isea 2022 - Possibles

'Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving'

'Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving'

June 10th

Artwork – Gendernaut. Queering the future

Authors: Diego Marchante


Gendernaut is a trans-temporal and trans-spatial traveler who invites us to travel through an LGTBI and feminist genealogy. It shows us the archive through a transmedia and performative experience to reveal how the future has been represented from a transfeminist and queer perspective. 

Theme: archive, future, performance, queer, time travel

More information:

  • Abstract: Gendernaut is an English term that we could translate as “navigator of gender”, and that invokes Jason’s argonauts. The term appears for the first time in the documentary Gendernauts: A Journey through shifting identities (1999), directed by Monika Treut, to refer to people who travel through shifting gender identities.

    This artistic research project questions, in a first phase entitled “Queering the software”, the forms of construction of the hegemonic archive through the design of a plugin that allows the collective creation of archives through an online interactive multimedia experience and, in a second phase entitled “Queering the archive”, proposes new ways of visualizing narratives based on transfeminist and queer genealogies through transmedia and performative experiences that conceive the archive as a living interactive space, free of heteropatriarchal codes, inhabited by multiple bodies and subjectivities that relate past, present and future to come. The series articulates an extensive historical investigation through a diversity of thematic threads that the feminist, queer and trans movements have been weaving during the last four decades in our political and artistic context. These genealogies link a whole series of historical, artistic, collective events, actions, campaigns, exhibitions, interviews, fanzines, performances, etc. forming a complex amalgam of relationships between art, politics, memory and activism.

    Gendernaut is a trans-temporal and trans-spatial traveler that will invite us to travel through time through a genealogy of key events in the memory of the feminist movement and the LGTBI movement in our context. During this journey, he will show us the archive through a transmedia and performative experience to understand how the representation of the future in history has been imagined from a transfeminist and queer perspective. Queering the future…

  • Biography:
    Diego Marchante is a transfeminist activist, transmedia artist and lecturer. Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, since 2008 he works as a professor of Audiovisuals and Gender Studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona. In 2011 he published “Archive T. A transfeminist and queer archive”, an archive of social movements and artistic practices that have addressed gender issues in the Spanish context from a queer and transfeminist perspective. His work has been exhibited at Can Felipa, Caixaforum, Fabra i Coats, Sala d’Art Jove, Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. In 2020-21 his project, “Gendernaut. Queering the 90’s”, was selected in the call for research stays at the MNCARS, in the context of the project Our Many Europes – Europe’s critical 90s and The Constituent Museum.


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Plaça dels Àngels, 5, Barcelona

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