ECOSEXUALS, LET'S GET DIRTY!!
with Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth M. Stephens
+ guest artists: Faurot & Paulson, Sindy Butz, Sandrine Schaefer, Hector Canonge, Elinor Thompson and Sandy Huckleberry
The Earth is our lover, and are madly, passionately, and fiercely in love with our planet
We Are the Ecosexuals
1) We are the Ecosexuals.
The Earth is our lover. We are madly, passionately, and fiercely in love, we are grateful for this relationaship each and every day. In order to create a more mutual and sustainable relationship with the earth, we collaborate with nature. We treat the Earth with kindness, respect and affection.
2) WE MAKE LOVE WITH THE EARTH We are aqauphiles, teraphiles, pyrophiles and aerophiles. We shamelessly hug trees, massage the earth with our feet, and talk erotically to plants. We are skinny dippers, sun worshippers, and stagazers. We caress rocks, are pleasured by waterfalls, and admire the Earth's curves often. We make love with the Earth through our senses.
We celebrate our E-spots. We are very dirty.
3) WE ARE A RAPIDLY GROWING GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF ECOSEXUALS This community includes artists, academics, sex workers, sexologists, healers, environmental activists, nature fetishists, gardeners, business people, therapists, lawyers, peace activists, eco-feminists, scientists, educators, (r)evolutionaries, critters and other entitities from diverse walks if life.
Some of us are SexEcologists, researching and exploring the places where sexology and ecology intersect in our culture. As consumers we aim to buy less. When we must, we buy green, organic and local. Whether on farms, at sea, in the woods, or in small towns or large cities, we connect and empathize with nature
4) WE ARE ECOSEX ACTIVISTS. We will save the mountains, waters and skies by any means necessary, especially through love, joy and our powers of seduction. We will stop the rape, abuse and poisoning of the Earth. We do not condone the use of violence, although we recognize that some ecosexuals may choose to fight those most guilty for destroying the Earth with public disobedience, anarchist and radical environmental activist strategies. We embrace the revolutionary tactics of art, music, poetry, humor, and sex. We work and play tirelessly for Earth justice and global peace. Bombs burst.
5) ECOSEXUAL IS AN IDENTITY For some of us being ecosexual is our primary (sexual) identity, whereas for others it is not. Ecosexual can be GLBTQI, heterosexual, asexual, and/or Other.
We invite and encourage ecosexuals to come out. We are everywhere. We are polymorphous and pollen-amorous. We educate people about ecosex culture, community and pratices.
We hold these truths to be self evident; that we we are all part of, not separate from, nature.
Thus all sex is ecosex.
THE ECOSEX PLEDGE I promise to love, honor and cherish you Earth, until death brings us closer together forever.
VIVA LA ECOSEX REVOLUTION! JOIN US.
Annie Sprinkle [San Francisco, CA]
Annie M. Sprinkle is an American sex educator and former stripper, pornographic actress, cable television host, porn magazine editor, writer and sex film producer. She received a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1986 and earned a degree in human sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco in 1992. Currently, Sprinkle (born 'Ellen F.Steinberg'; July 23, 1954) works as a performance artist and sex educator. Sprinkle, who describes herself as 'ecosexual', married her long-time partner, Beth Stephens, in Canada on January 14, 2007. [Wikipedia]
Annie Sprinkle Ph.D. is the prostitute/porn star turned artist/sexologist. She has passionately researched and explored sexuality in all of its glorious and inglorious forms for thirty six years.
Dirty Sexecology: A New Full Scale Theater piece with Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle What happens when two hot mamas embrace the Earth as their lover? They come out of the closet as ‘ecosexual’ and share intimate coming out stories about when nature turned them on.
Elizabeth Stevens [San Francisco, SF]
We, Elizabeth M. Stephens and Annie M. Sprinkle, are an artist couple committed to doing projects that explore, generate, and celebrate love. We utilize visual art, installation, theater pieces, interventions, live-art, exhibitions, lectures, printed matter and activism. Each year we orchestrate one or more interactive performance art weddings in collaboration with various national and international communities, then display the ephemera in art galleries. Our projects incorporate the colors and themes of the chakras, a structure inspired by Linda M. Montano’s 14 Years of Living Art. The Love Art Laboratory grew out of our response to the violence of war, the anti-gay marriage movement, and our prevailing culture of greed. Our projects are symbolic gestures intended to help make the world a more tolerant, sustainable, and peaceful place. This site is the Love Art Lab’s virtual home where we share our progress, documentation and findings. We are ecosexuals who have vowed to love, honor, and cherish the Earth, Sky and Sea until death brings us closer together forever.Elizabeth Stephens, Annie Sprinkle and Love Art Lab:
SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE ARTISTS:
Holly Faurot and Sarah H. Paulson [NYC]
For the past seven years we have been collaborating on performances that focus on movement as a language of basic human interaction. These works serve as non-linear autobiographical documents. The collection and comparison of our shared and unshared personal experiences are translated and re-assessed through the use of multiple videos, chance improvisation, sound, and the choreography of the breakdown of time.
Faurot & paulson:www.faurotpaulson.com
"We are constantly reframing ourselves and our perceptions through timed site-specific movement exercises on camera. The recorded results link the human experience and the event of performance, serving both as filtered documents and as actual video components placed within the live works.
Elinor Thompson [NYC]
Elinor Thompson Elinor Thompson strives to create work that forces viewers to question the physical and social contours of their environment. She is currently working with Papo Colo and the Trickster Theater, which will be reprising several performances in Exit Art's closing show, Every Entrance is an Exit, in May.
Ms Thompson is a devotee of The Grace Exhibition Space and has shown work at various exhibitions and galleries in New York City, including the Scope Art Fair, the Alice Chilton Gallery, the WagMag benefit, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Live Music Video's Bjorkball. She has also performed with the AABeir and Non Grata.
Elinor Thomson: www.grace-exhibitionspace.com/performance.php?event_id=107
Sindy Butz [Berlin/NYC]
Sindy Butz is a Berlin based Visual and Performance Artist currently working and living in New York City. She was born in East Germany and grew up in the suburbs of East Berlin.Her artistic background is Fine Art, Art Science and Interactive Telecommunications. As a multi- media artist and sculptress she likes to initiate discourses between fashion designers, scientists, technologist and artists to conceptualize new possible collaborations within the art; science and business world. Sindy enjoys exploring her art concepts as research inquiries.
Sandrine Schaefer [Boston]
Sandrine Schaefer is a Boston-based Artist, Writer, and Curator. She is a co-founder of The Present Tense, an art initiative that produces and archives live art events and exchanges in transient spaces. She has been actively showing her own work and the work of others internationally since 2003.
Sandrine's ephemeral artwork explores cycles of the invisible becoming visible. Sandrine is inspired by site sensitivity, the relationship between accumulative action and endurance, manipulating duration to challenge the parameters of real time, and the promise of collaborative imagination. Her work playfully addresses the shared human experience of fitting in, both corporally and conceptually.
Hector Canonge [NYC]
Hector Canonge lives and works in New York City where he studied Comparative Literature, Filmmaking and Integrated Media Arts. His work incorporates the use of varous media, commercial technologies, physical environments, cinematic, and performative narratives. In 2011 Canonge was a resident artist at LMCC Swing Space Program at Governor’s Island, a teaching fellow for Artistic Noise, and he was selected Create Change 2011 Artist in Residence for the Laundromat Project with his public art initiative The Inwood Laundromat Language Institute. He also launchedthe long term initiative, EVA -Escuela Videográfica Alternativa (Alternative School for Videomaking- in collaboration with Immigrant Movement International.
Canonge has been awarded scholarships by Harvestworks, fellowships by NJCU, and has participated in residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, AIM Program 27 at the Bronx Museum of Art, Newark New Media at City Without Walls, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, and The Wassaic Project. Canonge’s work has been featured at the Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, NY Studio Gallery, Exit Art, Flux Factory, Gallery Aferro, Topaz Arts, Y Gallery, and other art spaces in the city and abroad. He’s been commissioned by the NYC Department of Transportation, The Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Artists Unite, Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA), and has received funding awards from NYSCA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council -MCAF Program, and NoMAA Regrant Program through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.
Sandy Huckleberry (outside)
In a current sociopolitical environment in which there is enormous pressure to see in black and white, I think there is value in spending time in a world that requires infinite possibility of meanings and interpretations. Using common, mundane objects, processes and colors, I try to recombine them so that the meanings and purposes of the acts and objects become unclear or questionable or ripe with new meanings. Warmth and coolness are very important. The warmth of kindness and a welcoming atmosphere toward the performers and the audience members, the cool logic of an abstract point made. Like a warm fire on a cold night, perhaps we are just sitting around the embers, saying goodbye.
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Opened in 2006, Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging works by the current generation of international performance artists whether emerging, mid-career or established. Our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.
Grace Exhibition Space presents over 30 curated live performance art exhibitions each year, showcasing new work by more than 400 performance artists from across the United States and the world since 2006.
September 13: Silver Spiders [International]
September 27: Curated by Sol Sax [NYC]
October 11: Chun Hua Catherine Dong [Canada]
October 25: Nicola Fornoni [Italy]
November 8: Viviana Druga [Berlin/Romania]
November 22: Non Grata Group [Estonia & beyond]
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