Interactive installation “Identity Wheel” 2015
by Kseniia Khrabrykh
Developer: Vladimir Lugovkin
Before you is an interactive installation. It includes seven circles: sex (as in a passport or ID), gender identity, spectrum of gender expression, sexual orientation, romantic orientation, sexual practice, and an empty circle, which is a blank category that can take on any meaning.
You can rotate the circles, putting together a combination that suits specifically you. It is important to note that we have created two extra options for each circle: black and white. Black stands for opting out of a category altogether, while white is an opportunity to fill in your own choice. So if you did not find the term you would prefer, you can always add your own. Or you can completely ignore a certain category.
On some circles, you may notice apparently synonymous concepts. We chose to use them because specific words and phrases are often key to the process of constructing and representing our identities. For example, a homosexual woman may not want to refer to herself as a lesbian, but prefer the word “gay.”
We intentionally used concepts that come from different theories and approaches, some binary and others non-binary. This is not an attempt to create an objective and all-encompassing model, but rather the author’s perspective on the question of identity. Our goal is to showcase diversity, interconnectedness, and the non-linear nature of identity. We would like to inspire a discussion. You are free to decide for yourself, which of the suggested categories and options are personally relevant to you, to explore the diversity of possible combinations, and to create a reflection of your identity.
Enjoy and explore!