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NAC1 Elgin St.
7:30pm

Sensing Transgender: Lana and Lilly Wachowski

With Cáel M. Keegan
Hosted by Dr. Aubrey Anable

Sensing Transgender: Lana and Lilly Wachowski

With Cáel M. Keegan
Hosted by Dr. Aubrey Anable
9
Saturday
Feb
7:30pm
NAC
1 Elgin St.
Cáel M. Keegan
Sponsored by Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture, English Department, and Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture, as well as the University of Ottawa/Carleton University Joint Chair in Women’s Studies.
 

Join Carleton professor Aubrey Anable for a conversation with Cáel M. Keegan, author of Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender.

 

Lana and Lilly Wachowski have redefined the technically and topically possible while joyfully defying audience expectations. Visionary films like The Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas have made them the world’s most influential transgender media producers, and their coming out retroactively put trans* aesthetics at the very center of popular American culture.

 

Cáel M. Keegan views the Wachowski’s films as an approach to trans* experience that maps a transgender journey and the promise we might learn “to sense beyond the limits of the given world.” Keegan reveals how the filmmakers take up the relationship between identity and coding (be it computers or genes), inheritance and belonging, and how transgender becoming connects to a utopian vision of a post-racial order. Along the way, he theorizes a trans* aesthetic that explores the plasticity of cinema to create new social worlds, new temporalities, and new sensory inputs and outputs. Film comes to disrupt, rearrange, and evolve the cinematic exchange with the senses in the same manner that trans* disrupts, rearranges, and evolves discrete genders and sexes.

 

Sponsored by Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture, English Department, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture, and Pauline Jewett Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as the University of Ottawa/Carleton University Joint Chair in Women’s Studies and the Transgender Media Portal. [also, this can be moved to the bottom of the page]

 

Aubrey Anable is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University. Her book, Playing with Feelings, was recently named “Best First Book” by the Society of Cinema and Media Studies.

 

The venue is barrier-free and accessible via elevator. For more info, see: https://nac-cna.ca/en/visit/accessibility. Please contact Laura Horak (laura.horak [at] carleton.ca) about any other accessibility requirements.

 
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