Am I A Girl Yet? BY Sophia Hochedlinger

`Am I A Girl Yet?` is an interactive video installation that concerns gender specific behaviour patterns and focuses on the role of the woman. The project addresses learned ways of behaviour that are specifically attributed to female individuals.The spectator observes two generations of women, a mother and her two daughters, who perform various actions, such as: sitting, talking, walking etc.. Each action can be observed in the category `gender specifically feminine` or in the category `gender neutral`. By operating a control panel it is possible or the spectator to switch between these two categories and to thereby watch the actions in either one or in the other type of performance. Background: What is considered to be the natural order of our society is usually created by humans and is, consciously or unconsciously, reproduced by them. So is the gender binary which we grow up in and in which we will, inevitably, try to fit into.What results from this order of gender are ?characteristics? and ?ways of behaviour? that are attributed to a person according to their gender.The project `Am I A Girl Yet?` addresses this subject matter and focuses on the woman’s role. The aim is to provoke the following questions: What is `femininity`? What behaviour patterns are perceived and defined as ?gender neutral gender unspecific? or as ?gender specifically feminine?? What unifies these ways of behaviour and ?what constitutes them?? What gender specific behaviour patterns do we women reproduce (un-)consciously?


Mohsen Gallery