Transgender Day of Visibility: Keynote by Chelsea Thompto

Transgender Day of Visibility: Keynote by Chelsea Thompto

Date and Time

Thursday, March 25, 2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM



Landmarks: Technologies of Visualization & Trans Visibility


This talk will explore the relationship between visibility politics and trans liberation with a focus on how technologies of visualization (facial recognition, government IDs, body scanners and etc.) fail to comprehend trans bodies and the threat this failure possesses to trans livelihood. This will be explored through the lens of the artist’s previous artwork and ongoing interactive art project Landmarks.

Live Artwork Link:

Artist Statement and Code Link:!/landmarks

Live captioning will be available for this program. 

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Chelsea's bio:


Chelsea Thompto a transdisciplinary artist and educator working at the intersections of art, trans studies, and technology. She is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art in the Department of Art and Art History at San José State University and serves on the Board of Directors of the New Media Caucus and the Editorial Board of the Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus. She received an MFA and MA in 4D Art and an MA in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison and has shown her work nationally and internationally.

Her practice is strongly rooted in her experience as a transwoman. Exploring gender identity, while a deeply personal process, is also an increasingly politicized act that informs her making. The prefix trans- is also a tactic and gesture she employs in her studio practice by moving ideas between and across materials and modes of working in order to explore form and concept. Within this transdisciplinary approach, intricate systems are employed to create visual form, articulate data, and allude to our habitual ordering of peoples and behaviors. 

Engaging with a variety of media including: video, computer code, digital fabrication, writing, photography, printmaking, and bookbinding, her practice relies on the inherent qualities (which are always contested) of the above materials in the building of the pacing, narratives, and metaphors within finished works and installations.

Co-sponsored by LGBT Faculty & Staff Association, Department of Visual & Media Arts, and Division of Inclusion & Equity



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