Monday, September 14, 2015

Plan & Ideas

Interested in: Gender & Dysphoria

Media: Video

I plan to make a video with original footage and sound using Adobe software, then put the footage through MAX MSP and project that on a built set related to the content of this piece.

Content: I've been interested in gender, dysphoria, and the combination of both recently, and I've read a few articles that describe gender as being on a spectrum, and most people do not fall within that spectrum on precisely one end or the other. I would like to use myself or another person in a video showcasing a person with dysphoric feelings about themselves, and portraying themselves in every "stereotypical" role of each "gender." My problems, though, include coming off as insensitive to the topic of being gender dysphoric, and otherwise. This will require a bit more fleshing out. I would like this video to run through MAX MSP, because the idea of the video being broken up randomly will make this footage more uncomfortable, with sound as well. My idea is to display that this discussion is uncomfortable; however, needs to be recognized and discussed.

Gender Dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is discomfort, unhappiness, or distress due to one's gender or physical sex. The current edition (DSM-5) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders uses the term "gender dysphoria" in preference to "gender identity disorder". DSM-5 introduces the term "gender incongruence" as a better identifying and less stigmatising term.

Gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder (GID) is the formaldiagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe people who experience significant dysphoria (discontent) with the sex andgender they were assigned at birth. Evidence suggests that people who identify with a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth may do so not just due to psychological or behavioral causes, but also biological ones related to their genetics, the makeup of their brains, or prenatal exposure to hormones.


  1. a state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life.