Programmed to Reproduce provocatively unpacks and unpicks societal pressures and expectations. In this world premiere durational performance, artist Casey Jenkins recreates, extends and digests responses to her 2013 work, Casting off My Womb.
In Casting off My Womb, Jenkins knitted using wool loomed from her vagina, over an entire menstrual cycle. A video of the work went viral, eliciting thousands of derisive comments from around the world. Programmed to Reproduce is her response.
Creating a new crocheted and knitted installation, Jenkins reflects on personal identity in the digital age and public reactions to her earlier work. Audiences are invited to share their own online experiences of judgment by strangers, joining a unique commentary on archaic gender assumptions and age-old bullying techniques. Weaving words and wool, and through Jenkins’s own body, obsolete knitting machines and electronic hacking, Programmed to Reproduce unravels the complex web between our public and private selves.
Performer: Casey Jenkins
Sound: Manuel Zabel
Warning: Nudity and coarse language