We would like to invite you to participate in our research on gender and sex in the artistic field of music and sound art. With this research we aim to explore the role which these notions play in the shaping and determining of artistic careers and art works, by asking questions about underlying dynamics, unwritten rules, unconscious psychology, inner and outer barriers.
The research is undertaken by Q-O2, www.q-o2.be, a workspace for experimental music and sound art in Brussels. We receive artists for residencies, organise concerts and develop projects and an annual festival. This research in framed in this year's focus on voice, gender, language and identity.
The following questionnaire was developed in response to a collection of remarks, anecdotes, frustrations and questions, formulated by our artists in residence in recent years. We very much hope to receive input from people of all sexes.
It is a non-academic, qualitative research that gauges experiences and opinions about the undercurrent that is felt by many, but that is not easy to define. It attempts to pinpoint things that are difficult to understand and impossible to count. That’s why we invite you to illustrate your answers with examples of your own experiences. Your elaborate anecdotes and opinions is what we're looking for.
Before starting we'd like to be clear about some definitions: we are considering sex as a sliding scale between the two poles of male and female, with many areas in between. Sex, gender and sexuality form a complex tissue with many layers, consisting of the biological sex (anatomy, chromosomes, hormones), gender identity (psychological sense of the self), gender expression (communication of gender), and sexual orientation (romantic/erotic response).
It will take about one hour to fill out this questionnaire, the deadline is August 1st 2015. The questions are in English, and although we prefer answers in English, they can also be in French, Dutch, Italian and German. Incase you encounter problems or have questions, don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.