(g)Ender Gallery x Queen City Pride Minecraft dance party
The MacKenzie Art Gallery and Queen City Pride co-present a virtual dance party inside the (g)Ender Gallery exhibition!
Cat Haines’ (g)Ender Gallery is an exhibit on the Minecraft platform that uses text and digital sculpture to explore queer and trans intimacies in digital space. At the centre of the exhibit is a monumental representation of the artist’s vagina, within which the artist uses poetry and photography to reflect upon her transition. The artist invites the audience inside the exhibit for the Pack the Pussy virtual dance party for a night of celebrating trans identities.
The event is free to attend. To attend the live dance party in Minecraft, you will need a licensed account for Minecraft Java. If you would like to attend in-game but don’t have Minecraft Java, contact . Audience members can also watch a livestream of the event on the MacKenzie’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch streams.
The event will be monitored by MacKenzie Art Gallery staff to protect our artists and audience from harassment. The organizers reserve the right to remove and/or block audience members engaging in harmful activities.
Content Notice: This exhibition discusses multiple expressions of gender and sexuality. Audiences can expect Minecraft representations of nudity.
About the Artist
Cat Haines (she/her) is a white genderqueer trans woman and dyke living on Treaty 4 Territory in Regina, SK.Cat’s artistic and academic projects often centre and explore her gender, body, and subjectivities through queer, trans, and autotheoretical lenses. Earlier this year, Cat received her Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Regina, with a thesis focusing on transmisogyny.
About the DJ
Ariana Giroux is your local angry trans woman out there making waves and throwing bricks! Working out of a home studio on Treaty 4 Territory, Ariana works every day to carve out a better world for people of many intersections. She uses her music to celebrate queerness and provide catharsis for those members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community who need it. Her music spans topics from “its rad to be queer” to describing how it feels to be victimized by complex transphobia and queerphobia. Working with a dizzying array of hardware synthesizers and samplers, her work is almost entirely improvisational house and downbeat electronica meant to groove and find yourself in. https://eclecticmedia.bandcamp.com
Using spectral analysis, various forms of synthesis, computer assisted composition techniques, and a penchant for chaos, Mutable Body constructs hyper-real soundscapes. These otherworldly planes exist as bridges between the realms of acousmatic perception, simulation, and parallel realities. https://mutablebody.bandcamp.com/