Earlier in March, Simona Castricum presented Can You Imagine Me Being There? at the Urban Writing House, kicking off Brow Talks for the year – a partnership between RMIT’s non/fictionLab and literary organisation The Lifted Brow, publishers in residence at Bowen St Press.
Simona Castricum is a musician, architecture academic and writer from Melbourne. Simona’s musical, spatial and activist interventions articulate gender non-conforming experiences in architectural and emotional space – their relationships to power, sexuality, violence and the body. Her fluid and multidisciplinary practice across architecture, graphic design and music experiment with vocal, percussion, dance, image and typography as both creative tools and evocative publishing forms. Simona is represented by Melbourne queer feminist label LISTEN Records. Her culture and music writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, i-D and Archer magazines.
The lecture asked: “What is our expectation of architecture when our cities, buildings – their programs, connections and interfaces – reinforce essentialist and cisnormative notions of gender? For some, that is not an architecture of safety, nor of belonging or identity; rather of hostility, othering and privilege. Relationships between form, space, program and function have unique political and spatial meanings for gender nonconforming people. When program is the enemy of function, we adapt as they disconnect. We seek belonging, safety and find identity. What can be learnt about architectural emotion, space and practice through the lens of gender nonconforming experiences?”
(photos & video courtesy Sam Cooney)