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Ecosex Symposium II

14 June, 2011, 10:18 am
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Today I am flying to San Francisco for an exciting week of events that relate intimately to my research. The primary purpose for the trip is the Ecosex Symposium II and Ecosexual Manifesto Art Exhibit (see flyer and press release below):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For all the information about the Symposium go to SexEcology.org

Contact: Center for Sex & Culture—415-902-2071

Love Art Lab 415-847-1323

Femina Potens Press: Malia Schaefer  HYPERLINK “mailto:feminapotenspress@gmail.com” feminapotenspress@gmail.com

Annie Sprinkle  HYPERLINK “mailto:annie@anniesprinkle.org” annie@anniesprinkle.org

Elizabeth Stephens: bethstephens@me.com

San Francisco, CA

ECOSEXUALS UNITE FOR AN ECOSEX SYMPOSIUM & ART EXHIBIT

The Ecosex Symposium II– a public forum where art meets theory meets practice meets activism—will take place June 17-19 at the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco, CA. What’s an ecosexual? Why are skinny-dipping, tree-hugging and mysophila so pleasurable? Where is the e-spot? Can the budding ecosexual movement help save the world? What is this new sexual identity and environmental activist strategy all about? These are some of the questions that will be explored. Femina Potens Gallery is producing the event in collaboration with Center for Sex & Culture.

Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., a feminist-porn-star and artist turned “SexEcologist,” and Elizabeth Stephens, a UCSC art professor and environmental activist are organizing this event. The two women explain, “as a strategy to create a more mutual and sustainable relationship with our abused and exploited planet, we are changing the metaphor from the Earth as mother, to Earth as lover.”

Sprinkle and Stephens kick off the weekend with their “Ecosex Manifesto,” an art exhibit with new collages, wedding ephemera (they married the snow in Ottawa, the moon in Los Angeles and the mountains in West Virginia), and a manifesto. They have also invited a dozen other artists to display their related works.

Ecosexual author of the seminal text, Gaia and the New Politics of Love, Serena Anderlini, Ph.D., from the University of Puerto Rico will present the keynote address. What is Ecosexual Love?:A Guide to the Arts and Joys of Amorous Inclusiveness. Good Vibration’s sexologist, Carol Queen, Ph.D., will explore The Sexology of Ecosexuality. Dr. Robert Lawrence, Ph.D. will cover ecosex fetishes. Also presenting is Madison Young, the award winning queer porn movie director and the Femina Potens Gallery director. She will cover the Greening of the Sex Industry. Artist Tania Hammidi will perform a dance piece about conflict, genocide and olive trees in the Middle East. Other presenters are artists Dylan Bolles & Sasha Hom, Amy Champ, and the legendary porn actress, Sharon Mitchell, Ph.D., who will talk about The Sensual Pleasures of Gardening. The author of the book Ecosex; Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable, Stephanie Iris Weiss will be Skyping in from New York. Erospirit Institute director, Joseph Kramer, Ph.D. will guide the group in some somatic ecosex practices. Michael J. Morris will discuss theories of ecosexuality. Amy Marsh shares how toxins ate her sex life, and performance artist Tessa Wills offers an Anal Ecology performance piece. There are twenty five scheduled presenters, and there will also be an open mic forum for attendees to share their work and ideas. Becka Shertzer’s Brazennectar and Mister Cream team up to create and serve a gourmet, “ecosexi-love-a-licious” vegan lunch.

Expected to attend the conference are artists, activists, theoreticians, nature fetishists, environmentalists, ecosex community movers and shakers and people from many other walks of life. These events are sponsored by Femina Potens Gallery in collaboration with the Center for Sex & Culture. Stephens and Sprinkle received a cultural equity grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission to help make it all possible.

Poem/Song

NOHspace
San Francisco, CA

Kahlo/Aoi: A Thread for a Nest
Written by Judy Halebsky
Devised in collaboration with
Thingamajigs Performance Group
and Voices from Theatre of Yugen’s Apprentice Program and Writing Workshop.

A Thread for a Nest is a noh-influenced poem sequence about a weaver challenged to address her past. Based loosely on the struggles of art and companionship in Frida Kahlo’s life, the weaver considers the confines and opportunities of her work.

Judy Halebsky is the Artist-in-Residence at Theatre of Yugen. Her book of poems, Sky=Empty, won the 2009 New Issues Poetry Prize and was recently named a finalist in the 80th Annual California Book Awards. She has also published a chapbook Japanese for Daydreamers  and in journals including Five Fingers Review, Ping Pong and Eleven Eleven. With a collective of Tokyo poets, she edits and translates the bilingual poetry journal Eki Mae. She trained in Performance Studies at UC Davis and in Noh theatre and Butoh dance in Tokyo. She teaches writing and literature at Dominican University of California.

Using unusual musical instruments, Thingamajigs Performance Group (featuring Suki O’Kane, Edward Schocker and Dylan Bolles) combines traditional Eastern sensibilities with modern American technologies and performance practices. This ensemble of musicians adapts and changes with each performance, creating pieces in a collaborative process that sometimes incorporate voice and multimedia elements. Their process provides each ensemble member with equal creative input in guiding the work to fruition. They have devised this unique system of creation through a deep musical and philosophical understanding that has grown out of more than ten years of shared creative exploration.

Myth of Ten Thousand Things

The Myth of Ten Thousand Things is a process-based collaboration between Dylan Bolles and Sasha Hom which combines written and oral storytelling, music, performance, installation and graphic arts to tell family stories. In song-like structures Hom speaks of such things as learning how to surf while pregnant, linking themes of ocean and family to international Korean adoption and mythological birth stories, while Bolles plays a variety of instruments, sometimes singing. In episodic explorations of voice and place, Bolles and Hom cultivate performance environments that embed practitioners and audience members into a continuous field of change.

Dylan Bolles makes performances with people and environments, many of which involve the design and construction of new musical instruments and the cultivation of co-creative relationships based in listening practice.  His activities include a wide range or performance-based collaborations, time-based arts, installations, and sound compositions. These works strive to build communities based in shared temporal experience.

Sasha Hom has completed one amorphous unpublished novel/moments in a box, and is working on a non-fiction book about nomadic times on the road and the water, learning to be a parent in strange places with unpopular beliefs, informed by births and deaths and love in the vastness of an ocean.

 

Dylan Bolles and Sasha Hom:

Myth of Ten Thousand Things

When: Sun Oct 17, 2010
Where Southern Exposure
Time: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Description

Myth of Ten Thousand Things by Dylan Bolles and Sasha HomThe Myth of Ten Thousand Things is a process-based collaboration between Dylan Bolles and Sasha Hom, which combines written and oral storytelling, music, performance, installation and graphic arts to tell family stories. In episodic explorations on the themes of voice, place, and family, Bolles and Hom cultivate performance environments that embed practioners and audience members into a continuous field of change. From 3:00 – 6:00pm Bolles and Hom welcome gallery visitors to a performance-based open studio, which includes short segments from The Myth of Ten Thousand Things, stories about their process, demonstration of the instruments and singing. From 7:00 – 9:00pm they perform the latest episode The Myth of Ten Thousand Things, The Edge of the Pacific.

Finally!  The first performance of “The Myth of Ten Thousand Things.”Join us for our first national conference!
Global Disconnects: The Internet & Human Trafficking
February 20-21, 2009 Berkeley, California
Brought to you by The Center for Race & Gender (UC Berkeley), Students & Artists Fighting to End Human Slavery (Northern CA), and The End Internet Trafficking Coalition (USA)As the internet has become more and more a part of the everyday in the U.S. and the global north, questions have arisen: How has the internet used as a tool for violence, for the trafficking and sexual exploitation of people? How has it used as a tool for social change to counter violence? In 2008 the End Internet Trafficking Coalition formed to address the increasing usages of services on the web to exploit people through labor and sex violence. In an effort to further the conversations that began with a national call through emails to collaborate, the coalition recorded an online presentation on the issue. February 20-21, 2009, in a conference meeting titled, “Global Disconnects: The Internet & Human Trafficking” the coalition and collaborators will be meeting at UC Berkeley to address the complexities of human trafficking and the technoscapes of the web, as well as the prospects for countering human trafficking through theory and practice.Invited speakers include, but not limited to: Linda Criddle (Author of Look Both Ways), Norma Ramos (Executive Director of Coalition Against the Trafficking of Women), Melissa Farley (Executive Director, Prostitution Research & Education), and speakers from Gabriela, National Council of Jewish Women, The SAGE Project, Women for Genuine Security, Misssey, FAIR Fund, Inc., The Barnaba Institute, Love146, SAFEHS, and More!!!

Join us in a national conference to address the local and global dynamics of the internet and human trafficking, and the theorizing and practice of making change to end violence.

EVENT DETAILS:
February 20, 2009
6PM – 10PM
Gaia Arts Berkeley
Art Exhibit with works from SAFEHS, FAIR Fund Inc., and Beth Bloom
Musical performances by Dylan Bolles, Sasha Hom and Edward Schocker, “The Myth of Ten Thousand Things”
Solo Performance by Praba Pilar, “Computers Are a Girl’s Best Friend”
Poetry, Food, and Opportunity to Meet Invited Speakers and more

February 21, 2009,
10AM – 5PM
Lipman Room UC Berkeley
Conference with Invited Speakers and Panelists.
Panel themes include:
“What is the human in human trafficking?”
”Conceptualizing the ‘Girl’: The politics of child trafficking”
”Beyond the boundaries of a Nation-State: Global Implications”
”Configuring the Local in the Global: Behind Closed Doors of the State and the Family”
”Tactical Strategies: Beyond the Internet as Violence”
Details of program coming soon. Visit www.eitcoalition.org for updates

For details, visit: www.eitcoalition.org
Contact: annie@eitcoalition.org to volunteer or learn more about how you may get involved

Thank you to the Sponsors: Berkeley Center for New Media (UC Berkeley), Gender & Women’s Studies and the Beatrice Bain Research Group (UC Berkeley), Coalition Against the Trafficking of Women, Love146, Prostitution Research & Education, FAIR Fund, Inc., The Barnaba Institute, Students & Artists Fighting to End Human Slavery, Gabriela Network, Lyric at Berkeley, My Definicion, Amnesty International USA, and Sisters of the Holy Family, Fremont, CA.