“TX-1” by Adriana Knouf

  • ©, Adriana Knouf, TX-1
  • ©, Adriana Knouf, TX-1
  • ©, Adriana Knouf, TX-1
  • Image 1: Sspironolactone fragment embedded in resin sphere, approximately 4-5mm in diameter, Photo© Adriana Knouf; Image 2: Three resin spheres with embedded materials, each approximately 4-5mm in diameter, Photo© Adriana Knouf; Image 3: Assembled pocket



Artist(s) and People Involved:



    fragment of spironolactone pill, a slice of estradiol patch, a miniature handmade paper sculpture

Artist Statement:

    The enchanting Earth is too-often made inhospitable to those marked as transgender. To survive we xenomogrify ourselves through social and biological technologies, altering our surfaces, our viscera, our molecular balances. None of us have been to space even if we possess somatic knowledges of deep bodily transformations, necessary experiences for extraterrestrial environments.

    TX-1 launches bits of the artist’s hormone replacement medications, marking the first-known time that elements of the transgender experience orbit the earth. TX-1 includes a fragment of my spironolactone pill, a slice of my estradiol patch, and a miniature handmade paper sculpture, included to gesture towards the absent-yet-present xenoentities of the cosmos. A symbolic exodus to an orbit high above, the eventual return of TX-1 to Earth is also a sign of resilience, of not being disposed, of coming back to thrive once again.


    This project was the result of a ThoughtWorks Arts Residency, and was sponsored by the Consortium for Research & Robotics at Pratt Institute, and supported by Reach Robotics, Great Britain.



All Works by the Artist(s) in This Archive: