Prototypes II

Prototypes II

The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 2018

The protagonists are welcomed into another potential reality at the ‘Institute for the Enrichment of Computer Aided Post GenderedPrototypes,’ the epitome of technological development for gender deconstruction. A holographic host, Leonard, elucidates that the characters have come to the Institute to deconstruct their pre-existing habits in binarisation. They will each eventually have to choose whether or not they will commit to crossing into another multiverse where an alternate version of themselves exists, albeit a world without gender. At the Institute, the script was largely improvised using a LiveAction Role Playing (LARP) technique. The actors are given a framing, but have the freedom to project their own ideas and experiences onto their characters. They share their own insights and apprehensions about their speculative leap into another multiverse, and they discuss which compromises and changes would be necessary to exist in a genderless world.