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Preview, The Temperament Index

Join us for the pre­view of Melanie Jack­son’s The Tem­pera­ment Index, the lat­est incar­na­tion of the artists’ trav­el­ling project Spekyng Rybawdy.

In The Temperament Index, the viewer is invited to wander amongst projected animations, cut-out figures and body bits, handmade clay objects, drawings and more influenced by Bawdy Badges. These secular badges, sexual badges or erotic pins from the 12th to the 16th Century, were made by and for the everyday working-class individual, who would sew them onto the outside of their clothing or pin them to their hats.

Through a carnival of colourful, erotically charged characters, The Temperament Index encourages us to re-examine not only our ideas about who took part in the production and circulation of imagery in the medieval period – but also how this might enable us to reconsider the origins of dissenting representations, sexual politics and our attitudes and behaviours today.


The preview will take place at Aspex Portsmouth on Thursday 18 January, 2023, from 6pm-8pm. Tickets are free to book.

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Artist networking:

From 5:30pm, we invite artists and art workers for an extra half an hour of creative networking and catching up with friends and peers, or learning more about Aspex and our artist support programme.
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