The Truncheon and the Speculum

with Jesse Jones
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Recording of 1 hour live broadcast, 2016

As part of the 2016 Liverpool Biennial, artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones presented a live video broadcast from News from Nowhere, a radical community bookshop in Liverpool. The broadcast is archived here and features audience contributions made online via Facebook, Twitter and Google+ using the hashtag #pparchive.

This broadcast explores historic state violence enacted through gynaecological means. Featuring material culture historian and research collaborator Dr. Lisa Godson and self-identified “cyborg witch” Klau Kinky of Catalan collective GynePunk, this event identifies the Contagious Diseases Acts of the 1860s as a key moment in the legislation of state violence against women in Ireland and the UK.

With this event, the artists and their guests propose a supplanting of the role of the state-sanctioned broadcast into domestic spaces. The online audience is invited to discuss and challenge the terrestrial illegalities of reproductive rights.

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The Truncheon and the Speculum was a live video broadcast presented as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2016. Written and directed by Sarah Browne + Jesse Jones. Featuring Lisa Godson & Klau Kinky / Gynepunk. Executive Producer: Ailbhe Murphy, Create. Digital Producer: Charmian Griffin. Production Manager: Carl Davies. Production assistant: Suzanne Dempsey-Sawin. Camera Operator: Rachel Givens. Vision Mixer: Julieann O’Malley. Sound recordist / mixer: Mel Paget. Communications: Charmian Griffin, Katrina Goldstone, Joanne Karchevia. Filmed and broadcast live online by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). Shot on location at News from Nowhere Bookshop, Liverpool. Intro photographs © Miriam O’Connor. Medical illustrations by Wellcome Images. Music: Sissy, Sail and Rail, sissydublin.bandcamp.com. Costume: Anna Cosgrave, in aid of the Abortion Rights Campaign, Ireland. Thanks to: Patrick Fox, Rachel Anderson, Cis O’Boyle, Maria Ng, News from Nowhere bookshop & Next to Nowhere Community Centre, Michelle Doyle, Miriam O’Connor.

The Truncheon and the Speculum is part of the project In the Shadow of the State by Sarah Browne & Jesse Jones co-commissioned by Artangel and Create. Supported by ART: 2016, the Arts Council's programme as part of Ireland 2016, the centenary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Heart of Glass (St. Helens).