Shapes and Ladders
Not For Sale
Shapes and Ladders is a video game that shows how systemic racism and sexism can exist in the workplace. Set in the metaphor of a career ladder, players attempt to navigate through an office building rife with challenges. Players can play as a circle, square, or triangle, for which game mechanics have been designed to reflect real life inequalities different populations face (ie, a circle is more likely to encounter workplace sexual assault, and has access to fewer coins). The video game is designed to allow players to cultivate empathy through a first person simulation of structural inequality.
Exhibitions with this piece
Welcome to Concrete House .art which features curated pavilions and an exhibition of digital artists selected through an open call. The curated pavilions include Ars Electronica’s partners, .ART’s artist in residence Medina Kasimova and a selection of work from .ART’s and Arlekin Players Theatre’s collaborative project ZeroGravity.art, directed by Igor Golyak and featuring the renowned choreographer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov. Concrete House .art participants join the space for playful reflections on the creation of virtual environments.