The Yellow Steps

Hutchinson, Xanthe ORCID logoORCID: (2020) The Yellow Steps. Conde Nast.


The output is an artefact by Ellis, which navigates with notions of visibility and change; primarily how the construct of gender is determined by what is visible. Research Process: The work is a conceit for the way in which the trans body acts in opposition to this trope and moreover, as a site of cultural resistance. The project is a collaboration between Ellis and Mika, a trans boy, allowing him to build and actively participate in a narrative of his own construction. The title of the project is derived from Mika’s poem The Yellow Steps, which describes a piece of architecture that at once unsettled him but also offered an escape from his troubled home life growing up. Research Insights: Architecture is used throughout to echo this sense of construction, the constant shrouding alluding to the underlying transition beneath. The work is a construct of measured realisation; beginning initially with the hidden, before a gradual advance towards revelation. Dissemination: The output was disseminated by Conde Nast from 19 – 22 November 2020.

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