This object is part of the seminar Transamsterdam: exploring the relation between transgenders and space (in Amsterdam). It is a 1:1 abstract scale model of De Lellebel, a drag bar in Amsterdam. The exhibition tries to replicate the experience we had during our visit to this particular bar, while also showing the results of our research into the relation between transgenderism and space, architecture. Although the results of our research provided us with more questions than answers, we found some common characteristics that can help us define transgender spaces:
- Feeling uncomfortable, wanting to hide (essay 1)
- Feminine and masculine space, inside versus outside (essay 2)
- Blur, no borders, change undefined (essay 3)
- Uncanny space, familiar but strange (essay 4) The object is a representation of these characteristics in space.
The colored panels represent the LGBT flag and define spaces where you can walk through. However, the transparency of the panels makes the visitor feel the blur, uncannyness and discomfort of an undefined space which transitions between inside and outside. This duality between defined and undefined, inside and outside and public and private, are a constant through out the whole exhibition. While walking through the object, one passes several items, showing the results of the seminar and our visit to De Lellebel. The items range from a timeline with important moments and buildings in Amsterdam’s transgender history to a gender neutral pink toilet. Listen to the sound of us singing karaoke at De Lellebel, have a look inside the research booklet and watch an intriguing movie.