Using “deepfakes”—videos generated by AI to animate presidents and celebrities to say things they didn’t—as a jumping off point, composer/visual artist Jules Gimbrone’s new Artist Op-Ed for the Walker Art Center asks: “How can we cultivate new methods of sensing the world that aren’t reliant on a categorical flattening of complexity into the quantitative binary of real/fake?” Their answer: Trans-Sensing. The nuanced ways of perceiving many trans people have had to develop could provide a model for any of us for accessing a world of visual dominance in less binary ways.
On this one, I had the rare pleasure of working with Gimbrone, then finessing language in person, and finally working with Gimbrone, designer Jasio Stefanski, and photographers Bobby Rogers and Malanda Jean-Claude to conceive of and realize photography that captured the ambiguous and sensory nature of the topic at hand. And in another Op-Eds first, this piece includes both video and audio embeds, as well as our traditional print-pamphlet companion piece (to come). Please give it a read.