Open Source Estrogen: Detecting and Extracting Xenoestrogens in Local Ecosystems

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  • Workshop Statement 

    Open Source Estrogen combines do-it-yourself science, body and gender politics, and ecological ramifications of the present. It is a form of biotechnical civil disobedience. We do not seek techno-solutionism but instead, through the creation of a DIY estrogen protocol and increased endocrinological know-how, the project becomes a public platform for discussing the ethics of self-administering self-synthesized hormones, and a critique of the institutionalized control apparatus that defines current methods of hormone administration.
    In response to the various biopolitics of hormonal control on female and trans bodies prescribed by governments and institutions, the Open Source Estrogen project is developing a system of DIY/DIWO protocols for the emancipation of the estrogen biomolecule.
    This workshop will give participants the opportunity to detect and extract xenoestrogens from local waterways via a simple endocrine-disruptor detection system and the construction of a reverse-osmosis filtration system.
    In particular we will examine three fundamental questions:
    1. Can we look to bio-technoscientific capabilities for eradicating gender binaries in human society?
    2. What does this say to the current reproductive havoc on aquatic species as a result of endocrine disrupting compounds in industrialized coastal zones?
    3. Can we harness the potential to emancipate not only female, trans, and queer bodies from pharmaco capitalism and institutionalized hormones but also the bodies of non-human species, extending feminist health care across species of our shared environment?
    The workshop is not intended to demonstrate a viable solution, instead offering participants a deepened sense of the complex intersection of culture, ecosystems, and body politics.


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  • Please bring a water sample from a local waterway. 500ml-2000ml is suggested.

    No prior knowledge is required.