The Womb

Workshop and performance act

The Womb is a workshop and cyber-reproductive performance. Feminist science fiction with its utopian/dystopian visions has been a vehicle for dealing with questions of gender inequality, sexuality, race, economics, and reproduction in a way that brings together theory and practice. The workshop will focus on a few examples of how feminist science fiction has addressed the topic of reproduction. The current process of reproduction (in the sense of the biologists, not of Marx) already involves a lot of agents: from sperm-, womb-, ovum-, baby donators to medical staff, midwives and, of course, those who are considered parents. And it is highly entangled in powerful industrial, economic structures, as well as it is a subject of biopolitical concerns. During workshop we read excerpts of different science fiction novels (e.g. Octavia Butler’s Lilith Brood) and discuss them in the context of old feminist struggles and recent developments while Vae’s performance was animating the fertilization of 12 eggs of a new form of life after collecting visitors’ biomaterial.

Part of AMOQA (Athens Museum of Queer Arts), Athens 2016