MICHELLE ELLSWORTH: PREPARATION FOR THE OBSOLESCENCE OF THE Y CHROMOSOME
“Cheerfully wacky … both hypothetical and very real.” —The New York Times
In an inventive and humorous unscripted live performance, Michelle Ellsworth prepares audiences for the end of men. Her “man archive”—a vast compendium of science, non-science, procedures and possibilities—provides the foundation for a hyper-linked tour through the modern mind and the future of our species. Committed both to conservation and archival efforts, Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome employs web technology, choreography and the latest data from the Whitehead Institute at MIT to ask a random sampling of humans what it might mean if, as some scientists have predicted, men disappear from the scene. Under the steady watch of her male gaze simulator, Ellsworth demonstrates her one-of-a-kind replacement apparati, shares her idiosyncratic research and works to expand an inventory of artifacts that may just become irreplaceable.
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Made possible with generous support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.