Transgenesis discusses the origin of bodily transformation. 'Trans', derives from transition which means change between two states, and 'genesis' means the origin. Agnes? implies that their performance of moving between gender and species transcended the human, explaining, “Whoever entered Transgenesis left their humanness behind and accepted a post-human world; where everything is mutating; where everything is possible”.
Water, the origin of life, is also central in Transgenesis. Growing up on their father’s boat, the sea was always part of Agnes?'s life. From this vast ecosystem, Agnes? chose the octopus to represent in their performance. For them, the octopus is the mistress of transformation, adaptability and fluidity, “they are a great symbol of self-destruction and creation”. Octopi represent them.
More than Agnes?'s personal transition, Transgeneisis is about society mutating into other forms. It addresses a real message about the state of Transness in our current society. Although improvements have been made these past years, it also brings us back to the “burden of patriarchy, machismo [and] discrimination” says the artist. We don’t need to be afraid of the new and more fluid possibilities.