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Rosie Hastings

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I hope to dismantle the mythologies of "straightening devices", pushing gender perception into a queerzone where masculinity is no longer anchored in the male body.

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Starfish, lesbian sex, queer sociability, anal politics, gender hack, magic and poor readings of continental philosophy have allowed me to develop a material practice which foregrounds pleasure and desire as a methodology.

Recent works emerge from imagining the construction and standardisation of binary gender as a pervasive technology of social power. Perhaps we can understand these technologies as Straightening devices: devices that enforce compulsory heterosexuality and hetro-linear narratives into the collective psyche.

By replicating and disrupting these technologies in my work I hope to dismantle their mythologies, pushing gender perception into a queerzone where masculinity is no longer anchored in the male body and the anus reveals its own politically radical potential.