Virtual Reality Experience

Kate McGee’s Girl Mode

July 13, 2024 - July 14, 2024
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A black and white picture created with computer graphics featuring a desk lamp on a table with a theater stage in the background. Three puffy clouds float over the stage.
Girl Mode, by Kate McGee. Photo credit: courtesy of the artist.

In Girl Mode, players wander a surreal and desiccated VR landscape in search of memories. Combining confessional text, surreal visuals, and a walking simulator structure, Girl Mode is a poetic meditation on transness as absence.

Creator Kate McGee explains, “Girl Mode was born in a psychedelic flash of trans maternal rage. I imagined that VR technology could simulate a happy trans childhood and build empathy for trans kids in need of gender affirming care. Instead, I found myself meditating on absence as a central texture of my life as a trans woman. In Girl Mode, players explore a disjointed poetic landscape in search of the one thing a trans body makes nearly impossible: memories.”

Co-presented with The Bearded Ladies Cabaret in conjunction with John Jarboe: The Rose Garden.

Event Information

July 13, 2024 - July 14, 2024
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

First Floor Gallery


Free with general admission (suggested $5 donation)

Plan Your Visit

The Rose Garden

This event takes place in the museum’s First Floor Gallery. While it is included with general admission, it does not include access to The Rose Garden. To plan your visit to the exhibition, please reserve timed tickets.

About the Participants

A portrait of Kate McGee a white woman with black lipstick who is wearing a black floral bodice.Kate McGee is a trans lighting and scenic designer and new media artist. Off-Broadway projects include My Lingerie Play (Rattlestick), Masculinity Max, Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater), The Infinite Love Party (Bushwick Starr), Notes on Killing … (Soho Rep/The Sol Project), I’m Revolting (Atlantic Theater), PTaylor Mac’s The Hang (HERE/PROTOTYPE), and Early Plays (New York City Players/The Wooster Group). International projects include protec/attac (Deutsches Schauspielhaus) and Emily’s D+ Evolution tours with Esperanza Spalding. She was a 2022/2023 Project Number One artist in residence at Soho Rep (Girl Mode, a VR experience), and has participated in other residencies with the New York Choreographic Institute and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. An MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, McGee’s work has been written about in The New York Times and Forbes, among other publications.

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Major support for John Jarboe: The Rose Garden has been generously provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.