Giant-Size Gender Issues is some kind of historical feminist memoir about comics and being a closeted queer kid in 1990’s small town canadiana. It starts by exploring my earliest trans memory (when Super Girl came to me through a tv set and made me her kid sister sidekick) and patriarchal relationships (between Christopher Reeves and the Super Girl movie and my Dad and Me).
The memoir is a work in progress and is currently performed as a lecture featuring animated GIFs crafted from my family’s photo archive and pop culture images. It has been performed for Studio 303’s Edgy Redux 2014, and Metonymy Press’s Queeroes Event.
Super Powers! is a performative slide show focusing on the intersections of my 2 life long obsessions; Womanhood – having people recognize and accept my actual gender, and Super-Powers – I want them so bad, but which one? There are so many great ones. Ultimately the piece focuses on the choice between Shapeshifting and Telepathy. One would help me present a fluid gender identity based on my evolving needs, and the other would give me a tremendous advantage in communicating and combating transphobia, but at what cost?
Super Powers! is a funny, dark and honest look at subjects both frivolous and serious. The script was first written as a spoken word piece to be performed on Tranzister Radio. It was later adapted into a slide show and performed at Cafe Concrét #12, The School of Making Thinking and Trans Women’s Arts Toronto.
A selection of animated slides, highlighting potential amazing super powers.
More Slides on the theme of Queer Bodies!
Jack Radish for Pretty Queer wrote: Montreal based artist, Morgan Sea‘s performance, “Super Powers! a slideshow performance” was hilarious and dead-on. It was stand up comedy meets adorable unicorn-mermaid-angel self-portrait gifs. Sea reveals some of her dreams and experiences as a geeky trans woman through an in-depth discussion of what power she would choose if she could choose one super power. The hilarity that I’m sure every audience member found themselves relating to in some way came not simply from her choice of super powers (shape shifting was clearly the favourite super power for more than the boring and obvious reasons related to living in a trans body) but in her thorough explanations of all the almost-too-well-thought-out applications for these powers—Sea is clearly someone who has put a lot of thought into the logistics of living with these powers and who could blame her? Sea’s performance was a refreshing bit of comedy that brought forward the geeky side of each of us fortunate to be in the audience.