Work In Progress: New Labour

Photo: James Read, Make-Up: Judy Jarvis, Models: Ian Bruce and Abigail O'Neill

The writer Lucy Kirkwood and artist Charlotte Jarvis are collaborating on a project entitled New Labour. The project will use a combination of science fact and science fiction to create a thought experiment that poses certain questions about science and about gender.

Some of the questions we are hoping to explore are: Has the advancement of science and technology been in some way gendered?, Has sex and gender to any extent dictated the hierarchies of scientific research? and What would happen if those hierarchies were re-ordered?

We hope to raise these questions using a narrative taken from realms of science fiction:

What if all the women on Earth were wiped out or could no longer have children and men were faced with a race against time to repopulate the world by themselves?