Transitions, lecture series

Transitional States. Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science

This video art exhibition presents the work of 14 artists and collectives who explore topics related to hormones. It raises crucial questions about how society influences and regulates gender identity and looks closely at the way in which developments in medicine have impacted our lives.

Among the artists are those who offer unique insights into how hormone use has changed their lives, taking the viewer on their own emotional journey as they use hormones to help their body match their gender identity. Others show the effect hormone use can have on emotions, sensations, and sexual desire. Also a range of artists explore how contemporary society has medicalized women’s bodies through the use of hormones in relation to birth control, menopause and ageing.

The videos employ a variety of artistic techniques in their production, including 3D animation, stop motion, and infrared video, and use a range of formats such as performance for the camera, music video, documentary,TV show and online feeds.

An international and independent jury composed of Carlos Motta (artist, New York), Lois Keidan (Live Art Development Agency, London), Dr. Laura Leuzzi (University of Dundee) and Issey Osman (producer, London) selected participants following a world-wide open call. In this way, the exhibition features established and emerging artists from countries including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Brazil, Columbia, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, UK, Uruguay and the USA.

Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science has been developed and is led by Dr. Chiara Beccalossi from the University of Lincoln. The exhibition, curated by Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou (Arts Feminism Queer), premiered at Project Space Plus Gallery in Lincoln before moving to Peltz Gallery in London. After a four-week season at the CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona it will be showned at the LABS Gallery Arte Contemporanea in Bologna.  

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Directed by: Dr. Chiara Beccalossi (University of Lincoln)
Artistic curatorship: 
Giulia Casalini, Diana Georgiou (Arts Feminism Queer)

Artists: Camila Levy Daniel, Leyla de la Hoz and Pedro Giacomolli/ Gérard Chauvin and Lanah Shaï/ Fox and Owl/ Holly Slingsby/ Immaginare T/ Jennie Pedley/ Juliet Jacques and Ker Wallwork/ Marianna Simnett/ Marne Lucas aka CuntemporaryArtist/ Mary Maggic, Mango Chijo Tree and The Jayder/ Orlando Myxx/ Raju Rage/ Sarah Homewood/ Zaya Barroso.


In parallel the CCCB will also host from 4th to 6th October an international conference that investigates the global history of the sexual sciences from 1800 to the present: Sexology and Development: Exploring the Global History of the Sexual Sciences. It is organised by Chiara Beccalossi jointly with Kate Fisher and Jana Funke (University of Exeter) and is supported by the Wellcome Trust. Registration will be available from 20th August to 15th September at You can download all information about conditions, programme and speakers at 




Organised by

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Transitional States


University of Lincoln
Project Space Plus (Lincoln University)
Peltz Gallery (Birkbeck University)
UVIC - Centre d'Estudis Interdisciplinaris de Gènere (CEIG) - UVIC
LABS Gallery – Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

With the support of

Wellcome Trust