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Deep Time Transcestors

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Tickets: Osallistumismaksu 5-30€ maksukyvyn mukaan
Location : Mad House Helsinki View on map

Kieli, Language: suomi ja englanti | Finnish and English
Kokopäivän tapahtuma klo 11-19 | Whole day event from 11am to 19pm.
03 December, 2020 11:00
05 December, 2020 11:00

Deep Time Transcestors -larp is a speculative fiction about evolution. The game opens up a multidimensional time-space continuum, in which players can explore how it feels to embody their trans ancestors’ bodies in this time. The players travel through the queer prehistory through somatic and fictive exercises. The aim for the players is to embody the fundamental queerness of evolution, and display the source of life as trans and non-binary.

The players study their prevertebrate, throbbing and watery bodies through sense and movement. As the game advances, the players form protective hybrid trans ancestor symbionts in physical contact with each other.* The game is mostly non-verbal and centers on movement and touch. Essential game and consent techniques are rehearsed before the game.

The game is open for transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer players. There is room for 12 players. In choosing players, we prioritize those who belong to other/several culturally marginalized groups, to which you may identify upon signing up. Sign up opens up on the 21st of September and closes on the 4th of October. You can find the link to the sign up sheet here closer to the date.

Languages: Finnish and English.

*We will consider the COVID-19 situation while designing the game and the techniques involving physical contact.

Larp design: Ana Teo Ala-Ruona, Even Minn, Pihla Lehtinen
Sound design: Satu Kankkonen
Props: Alvi Haapamäki
Artistic and theoretical counsel: Camille Auer, Eeti Piiroinen
Dramaturge for dialogue: Emil Santtu Uuttu
Producer: Riikka Thitz
Photography: Nova Kaspia

The project is funded by Kone Foundation.



A group of trans- and non-binary people have gained extraordinary more-than-human bodily abilities to connect with the temporality of transcestral creatures which lived in the primordial soup in the beginning of the universe.

Some have found out that they can breath under water, some have been able to alter their body microscopically on a cellular level. They all have experienced a sense of extended temporality, as if they had been living for billions of years.

Now they have come together to invoke a pre-historic transcestor to take them on a deep time travel to the time when all multicellular life was still under water. Their mission is to find their guardian symbiont that they can call upon in moments of distress. The guardian symbionts act as inner gateways for the players to experience pleasure as a fundamental driving force of evolution.

Games at Mad House Helsinki:

Thu 3rd of December 2020 11:00 - 19:00
Sat 5th of December 2020 11:00 - 19:00

The pre-game workshop 11:00 - 14:30 (including lunchbreak)
The game: 15:00 - 17:30
Debrief: 18:00 - 19:00

During October - November you will be sent more information about the world, characters, consent, mechanisms, and play.
The working group will donate all the ticket income to Black Trans Travel Fund