Transgenesis

 

Directors: Tiare Ribeaux, Jody Stillwater

Featuring: Saturn Rising

Performers: Jocquese Whitfield, Star Amerasu, Sissy Slays, Aubrey Ferreira

Transgenesis is a short film made in collaboration with QTPOC artists that collectively re-imagines our relationship to the Bay Area, and what we consider family, our bodies, and the environment. The visual narrative of Transgenesis aims to present a metaphor for the digestion of marginalized people through a toxic societal system, following a transformational arc of healing and rising up from both environmental and systemic racism to find collective empowerment and transcendence.

This project was originally intended to be a site-specific, multimedia performance at Heron’s Head Park and the historic site of the former Hunter’s Point PG&E Power Plant, which for many years was powered by the burning of coal and fossil fuels, causing a large amount of pollution in the area. However, due to COVID-19 — the project was postponed and transformed into a short film, touching on the same themes outlined above.

 

 

A rough-cut screening and artist roundtable event was conducted on December 17, 2020. See full details here: https://grayarea.org/event/transgenesis-screening-artist-roundtable/

Transgenesis is produced by ZERO1, co-presented by Gray Area, and made possible by the Rainin Foundation’s New and Experimental Works Grant. Special thanks to The EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park and the Bayview Hunters Point community members who supported the research and development of this work.