Exhibition:

Kiki on Steroids!

Play with your gender

17 Oct 2008
4 Jan 2009

Women who want to be men, men who want to be women and everything in between. Mediamatic's exhibition Kiki on Steroids! was an intimate exploration of the world of transgenderism and self-representation on the internet. We showed the photoseries XXBoys by Kael T Block and Lupe by Bogomir Doringer. Plus there were workshops and activities so everyone could experience themselves what it was like to change from a man into a woman or vice versa.

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Shannon - San-Francisco, by Kael T Block. - In the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. Kael T Block

Kiki on Steroids! ran from 18 October 2008 until 4 January 2009. The opening took place on the 17th of October at 20:00 in the presence of the artists.

In the darkness of a labyrinth, visitors were confronted with XX Boys by Kael T Block. This French photographer took photographs of transboys: boys who used to be girls. Also on show was Lupe by Bogomir Doringer, about the complex and personal process of transformation from man to woman to man. This was supplemented by Women with Beards by Ine Poppe and Jetty Verhoeff. This project from 1997 consists of a collection of photographs of 'hairy babes of the month', that were originally revealed on the internet one by one, until they formed a complete year-calendar.

My aim is to bring frivolous fun to manhood.
I was waiting for somebody to reconstruct a new icon for me. Some icons made gestures in the right direction. but never went all the way - my way.
So I was sick and tired of waiting and decided to become my own icon. You are as free as you allow yourself to be.
Music itself does not discriminate gender, so that's why I use it to entertain.
I am both king and queen.
Lupe

Kiki Do It Yourself

The exhibition Kiki on Steroids! challenged visitors to play with their own gender-identity. A series of Youtube videos demonstrated how you could -temporarily- change gender. With the free IkTag and the IkCam you were able to experiment with your new look and publish your pictures directly online. There were also special evenings with presentations and workshops to transform those who were present completely. The visitor was also given the choice to be photographed as half man - half woman, or let him or herself be restyled by professional make-up artists.

ikikik! series

Kiki on Steroids! was part of the ikikik! series about selfrepresentation on the internet. How do people present themselves online? The web is the ideal place to present a perfect version of yourself, by choosing to display only your most fashionable pictures, your coolest contacts and your most intellectual thoughts. But the internet is also the place where you can be yourself. You can spill your secret thoughts and worst fears, and find like-minded people to talk to. With Kiki on Steroids! we highlighted the strong online presence of the transgender community.

Exhibition Team

Tanja Baudoin, Alice Bodansky, Martin Butler, Ivan Kadelburg, Anuschka Linse, Bram Loogman, Mhairi Macfarlane, Katja Novitskova, Jans Possel, Willem Velthoven, Wikke van Weelderen.

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Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic, as seen from the outside. - Alice Bodanzky

With: Kael T Block
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Don't forget to bring a headlight before you enter the maze! At the Kiki! on Steroids exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Visitors look at the self-portrait of Kael T Block (on the right). - Photo taken at the Kiki! on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. Alice Bodanzky

With: Kael T Block
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Kiki on Steroids! F2M Cam - All you need to do is swipe your ik-tag. At the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. Alice Bodanzky

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Approaching the Kiki on Steroids! show at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Kiki on Steroids! announcements on the exterior of the Mediamatic BANK building. - Alice Bodanzky

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Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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The vitrines exhibit the XX Boys of Kael T Block in picture frames. Outside the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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A display of Kael T Block's XX Boys outside of the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Kiki on Steroids! exhibition Opening at Mediamatic. - 17 oktober. De Kiki! On Steroids openingsavond in aanwezigheid van alle kunstenaars en met een concert van DJ Lupe. Er waren oude bekenden, maar ook veel nieuwe gezichten. Bezoekers werden door de make-up artists van House of Orange van man naar vrouw en andersom getransformeerd. Daria Perevezentsev

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The maze from the outside. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Mediamatic's Kiki on steroids exhibition Alice Bodanzky

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The complete maze shining brightly at the top! Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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A highschool teacher brings his class along for a tour of the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Exhibition Kiki On Steroids! at Mediamatic, with photos by Kael T Block. - Van 17 oktober 2008 t/m 4 januari 2009. Kiki! on Steroids is een intieme verkenning van transgenderisme en onderdeel van de ikikik! serie over zelfrepresentatie op internet. In een donker doolhof zijn foto's van transboys te bewonderen, gemaakt door Kael T Block. Bogomir Doringer presenteert het nieuwe werk 'Lupe' en de kalenderserie Women with Beards van Ine Poppe en Jetty Verhoeff siert de toiletruimte op. Bezoekers kunnen van sekse wisselen met de IkCam photobooths of relaxen in… Alice Bodanzky

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Confrontations in the dark. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Daria Perevezentsev

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Admiring the photographs of Kael T Block in the dark. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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The long corridor with XX Boys shot by Kael T Block. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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XX Boys with a visitor in the maze. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

With: Kael T Block
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Most visitors take the time to carefully study the Kael T Block pictures. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Navigating inside the maze. Photo taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

With: Kael T Block
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XX Boys by Kael T Block in the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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XX Boy and Kael T Block himself. Inside the maze of the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Another view of some of the XX Boys at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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XX Boy in the maze built from crates. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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XX Boys Math and Ezra. Photo taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Labyrinth with XX Boys by French photographer Kael T Block. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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The maze of the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - oktober 2008 - januari 2008. Vrouwen die mannen willen zijn, mannen die vrouwen willen zijn en alles er tussenin. Kiki on Steroids! was een intieme exploratie van de wereld van transgenders en zelfrepresentatie op internet. Onder meer met de fotoserie XXBoys van Kael T Block en het werk Lupe van Bogomir Doringer. Er waren workshops en activiteiten om zelf te ervaren hoe het was om van een man in een vrouw te veranderen of omgekeerd. oktober 2008 - januari 2008. Vrouwen die mannen willen zijn Alice Bodanzky

With: Kael T Block
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Bogomir Doringer made a multiple audio-video installation about Lupe, at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Lupe installation by Bogomir Doringer. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Visitors watching the Lupe installation of Bogomir Doringer, at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Sitting in the dark watching Lupe by Bogomir Doringer. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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F2M Cam at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. Change your gender! at Mediamatic - Picture by Piet van der Meer. Piet van der Meer

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Check out your genderswitch experiments on your Mediamatic profile online! Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Mediamatic Wall designed by Anuschka Linse, with quotes from the XX Boys. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

With: Anuschka
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People are reading the quotes... - ...of the XX Boys and hanging out in the Mediamatic space at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition. Alice Bodanzky

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Our colleague and one of the maze builders was transformed into a beautiful male on the opening night of the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Daria Perevezentsev

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A YouTube videolounge at the Kiki on Steroids! show at Mediamatic showed youtubes of transgendered people talking about their experiences. -

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Watching youtube testimonies in the comfortable YouTube videolounge at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. -

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In the YouTube videolounge visitors watched tutorials by transgendered people teaching you how to change your appearance. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. -

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Women with Beards by Ine Poppe and Jetty Verhoeff in the toilets! Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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A Woman with Beard and Baby welcomes you to the toilet. At the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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Confusing encounters in the toilets. Taken at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky

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The Women with Beards are all around the toilets at the Kiki on Steroids! exhibition at Mediamatic. - Alice Bodanzky