: podcasts with pictures
How safe do gender diverse people feel in public toilet facilities? Selfies as a reflection of ‘safety’.
We invite stories that navigate risk and affirmation in binary-gendered public spaces. How is a ‘hospitable’ facility recognised – is it an ‘all-accessible’ sign at the train-station, library or pub, or is safety determined by the people who are using the space at the time? Do signs make a difference? What about the design choices that orient cubicles, urinals, hand-dryers and mirrors in particular lines-of-sight? Is taking a selfie surreptitious or celebratory? These 8-minute podcasts will be shared online and linked to Instagram hashtags and brief descriptions of where and how they were captured. Creative outputs will also have a presence in the Exhibition and Symposium (above).
: geo-locating gender-diverse experiences of public bathrooms
How does locating a bathroom on a google map make it more or less safe?
We’ll link the selfies and podcasts to a location pin, illuminating the ways that bathroom spaces are experienced as safe only momentarily, according to context. They are suspended in time and place and while they should be freely available to everyone, they are often sites of surveillance and boundary wars over gender-presentation and stereotypes.