The Birmingham College of Art and Amae are pleased to present I Will Jump First, a Male to Female Sexual Reassignment Operation by Italian duo Amae, broadcast live from Birmingham. Since 2001 Amae has been investigating, trough their art practice, the representation of the psychological tension that is created in the body that results from the influence of society. Their work also explores the theory of the Self, the perception of sexuality and the therapeutic influence of art in the construction of identity.
For many artists their muses were the source of their inspiration and even the object of their desire and dreams. For Amae the muse is a woman in a man’s body. Gaia grew up in a male body never thinking about herself as a man. As soon as she took her first step into the retail business, she was rejected by the company she worked for. Gaia is now 37 and she is still contemplating a sex change. Gaia is one person of many in this situation. Amae spotted her and felt close to her feelings to the extent that it developed an aesthetic which represents a merger between the artist and the muse. Many questions arise from this artistic coupling. Where will these identities lead in their support of each other? How can art be therapeutic in solving the challenges of the construction of an identity lived at the edge of social norms?
Now the time has come to give Gaia a hand and say: ‘I will jump first’. The live performance will see the artist getting a ‘Male to Female Sexual Reassignment’ broadcast in real time from the wood workshop of The Birmingham School of Art.