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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Transgender Artist Couple Speaks Here

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Los Angeles-based artists Rhys Ernst and Zachary Drucker met three years ago, when Drucker was transitioning from male to female, and Ernst from female to male.

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Artistic collaborators as well as “reverse heterosexual" life partners, on Thursday they’ll be at Carnegie Mellon for a talk titled “A Perfect X: Intersecting Transgender Perspectives in Film, Video and Performance.”

The pair will discuss their creative work apart and together — including their new experimental film collaboration, “She Gone Rogue” — and talk about gender and sexuality in their lives.

Ernst and Drucker regard gender and sexuality as distinct, and focus on fighting gender inequality.

Ernst is a filmmaker whose latest short, “The Thing,” premiered at Sundance. He’ll also discuss that film along with his “New Trans Cinema” approach, which seeks a more complex view of gender representation in film.

Drucker is a multimedia artist, working in performance, photography and more, whose work has been exhibited nationally and overseas.

While visiting CMU, they’ll tape an episode of Trans-Q Television, a web-based variety show being developed by students of Associate Art Professor Suzie Silver.

Their talk, which is free, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 18, at Porter Hall 100, on the CMU campus.

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