Video documentation │‘The Set Up’. Performative reading by Evelyne Wh-ell

The Set Up is a multimedia performative reading navigates trans subjectivity through narrative tropes and the traps of representation. Erected via the text and scenography, the labyrinthine theatrics of detective fiction, horror, and melodrama establish an identity as a trap from which it is impossible to exit.

The Set Up reflects upon the empty promise of escape through self-actualisation, exploring cinematic and narrative genres as imperfect predictive methodologies for navigating one’s way out of one’s current condition. Structured according to the temporal logic of a joke that never reaches its punchline, The Set Up reflects upon an endlessly deferred belief in the improbable as a strategy of trans counterknowledge against normative attempts at revelation.

Video: Mikas Zabulionis


Evelyn Wh-ell (UK) is an artist, writer and researcher living in Cambridge. Their practice makes use of trans forms and aesthetic strategies, working with parody and humour to explore the ‘traps’ of gendered subjectivity. Evelyn’s writing has been published by Another Gaze, Art Monthly, Cambridge Literary Review, World Picture Journal, and permeable barrier, and they were a Commissioned Writer for New Contemporaries in 2022.

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Artist: Evelyn Wh-ell
Scenography: Algirdas Jakas
Coordinators: Edvinas Grinkevičius (Kaunas Artists’ House), Povilas Gumbis (Rupert), Rugilė Miliukaitė (Rupert)
Graphic design: Marek Voida
Communication: Karolina Augevičiūtė
Sound engineer: Arūnas Periokas
Translator: Paulius Balčytis
Editor: Evelina Zenkutė

Sponsored by: Vilnius City MunicipalityNordic Culture PointTech Zity

Rupert’s activities are financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and European Union. This event is part of New Perspectives for Action. A project by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the European Union.

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEAcan be held responsible for them.