This is a revised presentation of the public lecture given at Newcastle's Centre for Life as part of the Newcastle Science Festival 2012. This presentation, took place in Newcastle's City Library in association with a lighting installation titled 'Fluidity', by Aether & Hemera, as part of the Northern Design Festival, 10th – 20th October 2013. This presentation challenges our categorical cultural perceptions of gender, taking some people out of their comfort zone to consider the reality of spectral gender and gender fluidity, and to experience first-hand what might be going on in our intellectual and emotional centres as we respond to other people's gender behaviours.
The interactive 'Fluidity' exhibit was situated at the cafe entrance to the library, and as people used QR code squares on the Fluidity posters to enable their interaction with the piece, via their smart-phones, they were able to send to the lighting a Pink-to-Blue colour choice to represent their level of experience of Femininity-to-Masculinity at that time and place. This colour was then added to others already driving the streaming waveform lighting. There were three other QR points in the city which gathered entries made in those environments to help us see how much environmental situations affect people's experience of gender.
You can read more about Dr. Hilton's research at northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/scd/research/ourpeople/1930837/