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Non-binary drag gaming has become a way to strengthen social cohesion and to explore the self with regard to gender identity, humanity, and position in life.

Gamers and the drag community both interact with avatars and visualise (shared) fantasies. What else do these groups have in common? In the case of drag, experimenting with fantasies (through costumes, make-up) strongly connects to how practitioners relate to their real-world identities. The talk will zoom in on the recent revival of TTRPGs (tabletop role-playing games), which enable queer and non-queer gamers to use games like Dungeons and Dragons (and live action roleplay, or LARP)  to roleplay characters/avatars of all genders and orientations, as a safe playing field to test out potential new identities for “real life”. The overlap of queer consciousness and game formats turns fantasy worlds into social and psychological tools that can help us to better understand ourselves.

19:30 – 21:00

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7.50
Students, CJP, Friends and Members of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3.75

Queer Arcana

Queer Arcana is a theatre/game collective that organises theatre shows in which a group of drag performers play Dungeons and Dragons on a live theatre stage. Queer Arcana tries to enhance the visibility of queer gamers and investigates what happens when you overlap different subcultures in art and design. The members are working towards setting up a large digital and analogue gaming community where gaming is used as a tool for strengthening social cohesion, and as a way to explore the self regarding gender identity, humanity, and position in life.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.