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Student Showcase Archive

Silke Steidinger

MA work

MA work

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  • Trans-Actions: An Exploration of Gender Dysphoria

    Trans-Actions: An Exploration of Gender Dysphoria, 2018
    Video and silicone

Trans-Actions: An Exploration of Gender Dysphoria

Ground-breaking design (like gender confirmation surgery and cross-sex hormone treatment for gender dysphoria) can bring with it pressure and seduction to act (fast) rather than to think (requiring time). Inactivity is often no longer seen as a 'neutral option' which has led to children being given puberty blockers. In the wrong hands institutions, often still with fragile conceptual and theoretical frameworks and little research but in a position of power, can leave room for dystopian enactments. A collection of silicone genitals for children, as well as the speculative futuristic 'Reflesh' which grows genitals on to a child are intended to raise issues connected with this. A collection of interviews with key figures explores the treatment of gender dysphoria with an emphasis on respecting complexity, and on keeping dialogues open and not silenced by allegations of transphobia on the one hand, or by the shaming of difference on the other. 



  • Silke Steidinger
  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2018

  • I am an artist / designer, documentary and experimental film-maker, performer, musician, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and sociological researcher exploring being human.

  • Exhibitions

  • "Quids In", Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2017; "Worst Case Scenario", The Cabinet, New York, 2017; "Big Deal Number 7", Leicester Square, London, 2016; "Barrier Design", The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, London, 2016
  • Awards

  • 'Best Information', Royal College of Art Information Experience Design Award, 2018