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Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome

Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome attempts to prepare (both on a micro and macro level) for the end of men. Simultaneously committed to conservation and archival efforts, Ellsworth works in the tradition of folklorist Alan Lomax. Using web technology, replacement apparatus (including a male gaze simulator), choreography (including reenactments of authentic man dances), and the latest data from the Whitehead Institute at MIT, this work investigates rumors about the implications of the Y Chromosome’s reputed shrinkage.


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