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On April 15, join Cat Haines and Evie Ruddy for a livestreamed open studio event where they will engage in an intimate conversation inside Cat’s Minecraft exhibit. Drawing on their art practices and scholarly work, Cat and Evie will discuss transfeminist and bodily interventions into second wave feminist theory, how each conceives of audience in their work, ways of disrupting cisnormative visual logics, and the role of affect in relation to desire.
Evie Ruddy (they/them) is a socially engaged digital storyteller and PhD student in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University. As a PhD Fellow with Carleton’s Transgender Media Lab, Evie is helping to develop an online database of audiovisual works made by transgender, non-binary, Two Spirit, intersex, and gender non-conforming filmmakers. Evie is also researching the ethics of documenting trans bodies. They are particularly interested in the role of improvisation for fostering productive spaces for trans collaborators to exercise agency over how they are represented.
About our artist in residence: Cat Haines (Regina, SK) is the first resident of the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Digital Artist in Residence in Minecraft (Ender Gallery). Through a large-scale installation and performance series on the server, Cat Haines will explores the possibility of queer and trans intimacies in digital spaces. Constructing digital representations of her own body, Haines will create an ironic and playful transfeminist intervention into the often cissexist feminist art canon.