Rita Julia Sebestyen
Stichting WE ARE SPACE / Tg Space
Jugend- und Kulturprojekt e.V.
Tg Space provides their software: http://tgspace.bllly.nl/amsterdam/e, MASZK and Kultur- and Jugendprojekt offer their expertise in arts and culture and youth work.
We challenge and disrupt gender bias and catalyse interaction.
This is an immersive event, which offers the instant experience of changing your gender and try out everyday life: family, friends, profession, income, politics, timetable, health, and future this way.
We use: 1. IT software for inversion of gender roles, 2. Forum Theatre based on personal stories to playact scenes, 3. Video documentation of the events.
Target group: age 16+, all layers of society, any occupation.
Copenhagen, Budapest, Dresden, Thessaloniki (4 regions of the EU).
Online: software and blog.
In education, work, arts, politics, women are underrepresented: a severe, unresolved lacuna of democracy. The stage goes to women of all ages, occupations, background, in different EU-regions. How would education, culture, environment, politics evolve if women had an optimal impact?
Within a year, the software, the 4 events and the video documentation of our work will reach out the 4 spots and beyond. The simple method will be disseminated in schools, universities, NGOs, institutions all over EU. A healthy, peaceful, productive discourse will start. Aim is also policy change.
We set up an IT software, which uses sociologic data of the EU and of the 4 locations of the events. We get in contact with NGOs, artists, academics to recruit participants from the 4 spots. At the 4 spots, we’ll present the data in an interactive installation and we hold participative theatre events targeting the inversion of roles, followed by discussions. We video-document the events, and share on our sites of all involved partners. We offer a collaborative blog for connection, discussion.
Women of all ages and educational background are oppressed by social structures. We would like to bring on an experience oriented research, where participants have an immediate understanding of the impact of gender on our lives. Empowerment and constructive discourse is our aim.
This project reaches out to mixed audiences, this being its biggest advantage: the artistic events are conceived for participatory, collaborative creation. We invite artists, cultural operators, academics and NGOs to reach out to wide audiences with the snowball technique.
We need ideas on dissemination, circulation of the ideas, and networks to hold further events. We need as many informal groups as possible to try out scenes from personal stories and further develop our methodology. We are happy to get feedback on further possibilities to develop the events.