As part of the 2016 Liverpool Biennial, artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones presented a live video broadcast from News from Nowhere, a radical community bookshop in Liverpool.
This live broadcast explored historic state violence enacted through gynaecological means. Featuring material culture historian Dr. Lisa Godson and self-identified “cyborg witch” Klau Kinky of Catalan collective Gynepunk, this event identified the Contagious Diseases Acts of the 1860s as a key moment in the legislation of state violence against women in Ireland and the UK.
With this event, the artists and their guests propose a supplanting of the role of the state-sanctioned broadcast into domestic spaces. The online audience was invited to discuss and challenge the terrestrial illegalities of reproductive rights for women via the hashtag #pparchive.
Please note that unfortunately the audio of this video had to be altered and does not represent the quality broadcast live.
The Truncheon and the Speculum is part of In the Shadow of the State, a co-commission of Artangel and Create; also supported by ART: 2016, the Arts Council's programme as part of Ireland 2016, the centenary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland, Dublin City Council and for Liverpool: Heart of Glass (St. Helen’s).