Transart faculty member and advisor Nicolas Estevez will be participating in the Eco-Sex Symposium this month. For more info, see below:
AN ECOSEX LAB WITH PANELS, PRESENTATIONS AND PERFORMATIVE LECTURES
Demonstrations, creativity, information, disruptions, debate, performance, papers, news, concerns, ideas, sharing hopes and dreams, and so much more… Don’t bury your head in the sand! Unless you want to bond with the beach. Come join us!
Cost: £15. Each ticket grants entrance to both Day 1 and Day 2 of the panels.
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Friday 19th July
Symposium Panels Day 1
A WARM WELCOME FROM YOUR HOSTS 11:00-11:45
Luke Dixon Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle: The Ecosexual Position
Performative Welcome 11:00-11:45
Make a Wish
Ecosex Theory Panel moderated by Beth Stephens 12:00-13.30
Biodigital Paradoxes (symptoms of the biodigital)
Linking questions about sustaining knowledge in feminist art and activism and with work on emerging technologies:
I’m interested in the biodigital – the coming together of life itself and information systems – the convergence of biology and information sciences – life modulated through digital culture – the biodigital is on the one hand a descriptive term and on that basis might have an ontology and a lexicon – but it is also a tool of analysis or diagnostic and as such it has symptoms. Symptoms alert us to what has befallen us and provide the grounds for change.
Kate O’Riordan is a Reader in Digital Media at the University of Sussex and the University of California Santa Cruz respectively.
My talk outlines a minimal ethics for the whole universe. This minimal ethics enables us to think how humans can take responsibility for various thickenings of the universe, across different scales, and how they can respond to the tangled mesh of connections and relations unfolding in it. My mode of working mobilises “a post-masculinist rationality”, a more speculative mode of thinking that is akin to artistic creativity. The goal of this minimal ethics is not so much to tell us how to live but rather to allow us to rethink and remake “life” and what we can do with it.
Joanna Zylinska is a writer, photographer and curator. She works as Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. http://www.joannazylinska.net
From Ecology in the dressing table to the Ecology in furs. (Eco) sadism and (eco)masochism: basis for a political ecology and a pornological geography
The purpose of this lecture is to explore the ways in which both practices, sadism and masochismperform space and propose two distinct forms of cohabitation, two antagonistic political ecologies, two dissimilar power structures: (Eco)sadism is the violent manner in which anthropocentrism has placed nature in the sense of standing-reserve, for the benefit of mankind. (Eco)masochism applies a different political ecology, one that revolves around the legal framework, around the acknowledgement of the rights of the environment through a Natural contract, and its implementation through a staged performance. They offer a taxonomy of ways of relating with the environment: a pornological geography to archive the eroticisms of nature.
Uriel Fogué teaches Architectural Project Design, is the co-founder of the research group [inter]section of Philosophy and Architecture. Crisis Cabinet of Political Fictions (Gabinete de crisis de ficciones políticas) and is the co-director of elii architecture office.
Ecosex Art Panel moderated by Luke Dixon 15.00-16.30
Nicolas Dumit Estevez
An Ecology of Love: Falling for the Bronx
During this presentation Estévez discusses “Born Again: A Lebanese Dominican Dominican York is Born Again as a Bronxite,” an experience dealing with his search for belonging in the place he now calls home. Some of the central elements of of this on-going quest are Estévez’s baptism as a Bronxite, a citizen of the Bronx, on the banks of the borough’s river, and his conversations and exchanges with different communities within his neighborhood. One of the actions presented as part of “Born Again: A Lebanese Dominican Dominican York is Born Again as a Bronxite” consisted of a 3 day piece performed by Linda Mary Montano and Estévez.
NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTÉVEZ treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the U.S. as well as internationally. Estévez Holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; and an MA from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic, he lives and works in the Bronx.
EcoNesting and the Art of Taking Care
This presentation will explore the practices of domesticity in relation to care taking.
There will be some light snacks available.
Ecosex Activism Panel moderated by Luke Dixon 17.00-19.30
Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens
Our Adventures in EcoSex and Environmental Activism sexecology.org
Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle are ecosexuals, artists, filmmakers, collaborators, and life partners who create projects together from their home base in San Francisco. Stephens is an artist and activist as well as a professor at UC Santa Cruz. Sprinkle was the first sex worker to earn a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. She is an ecosexologiest, multimedia artist and homemaker. Seehttp://sexecology.org for more.
This presentation will reveal the ecosexual politics of connecting with the natural world by keeping bees in the heart of the urban jungle.
DR. LUKE DIXON is a beekeeper during the summer and a theatre director during the winter. He is the resident beekeeper of London’s Natural History Museum and the author of ‘Bees & Honey – myth, folklore and traditions’. For twenty years he toured the world with his company Theatre Nomad. www.urbanbeekeeping.co.uk
The New University, SEX.EDU
The Improvising Activist
Open Forum Part 1 18.30-19.45
Moderator to be announced.
Lop Lop: WORD or WOman biRD(2008)
Lop Lop: WORD or WOman biRD, is a solo dance cast by Gabriella Daris that explores the performative quality of Max Ernst’s collage, The Word or Woman-bird (1920) by ways of becoming it. The five prosthetic birds, extension of her body (black for A, white for E, red for I, green for U, blue for O), correspond to Arthur Rimbaud’s sonnet, Vowels, by ways of picta poiesis (painted poem), as she becomes a Vanessa Cardui (Painted Lady).
Aristotle’s De Anima describes the “spiritual motion” to be the erotic desire of the poet when he finds inspiration in the “phantastic spirit” of a woman. Similarly, Rimbaud’s Vowels have been viewed “as graphic representations of a woman’s body in orgasm.” At Cabaret Voltaire, Dada House, she performs a rite of passage from ποίησις (poiesis) into πράξις (praxis), on a one square meter stage; a liminal stage between the secret and the erotic, the esoteric coding of the poem and the oral eroticism/corporeal poetics.
Her figure stands as a hybrid of a Japanese geisha/Dionysian nymph and an absurd, woman-bird-puppet, embodying the naivety of sexual exploration and the struggle for sexual liberty, together with the self-indulgent pleasure of ageing and dying, in reference to Anna Pavlova’s The dying swan. In a shadow dance alienated from her body, Gabriella Daris casts her own Lop Lop, composing and at the same time, uttering a corporeal poem that attempts a synaesthesia of language. The poem gradually flutters out from her voyeurs’ fantasy; they become the poets and she, their phantasm. During her autoerotic scene, still in the process of becoming (s), she dies le petit mort.
Workshop participants and people/participants attending the symposium can sign up for approximately 10 minute slots to present art works, thoughts, live performances, etc…
Day 1 Wrap Up 19.45-20.00
Luke, Beth and Annie will invite audience to share their thoughts about what they’ve experienced, seen and heart, during the day.
Saturday 20th July
Symposium Panels Day 2 10.00-12.00
ECOSEX PRACTICE PANEL moderated by Annie Sprinkle 12.00-13.30
Sarah Rose Bright
Ecosexual Erotic Yoga Workshop for the Urbanly Challenged
Sarah Rose Bright is a Somatic Sex Coach and Educator helping people to overcome sexual concerns, discover their erotic and pleasure potential and celebrate their sexual selves. She also does erotic yoga coaching and workshops. As a self confessed Eco Sexual living in a city, she has been exploring ways to bring Lover Earth into her sexual practices – Eco Sex Yoga. Sarah is delighted to be coming to EsSEX to share a taster of these with you. www.sarahrosebright.co.uk
The Vagina as Autonomous Zone E-Zine
Poppy Jackson makes body- and action-based works exploring violence as creative catalyst, female sexuality, nomadism and the boundaries between ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ spaces. Her work has been presented internationally, most recently at Grace Exhibition Space in New York. Jackson received a BA (Hons) in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts and is currently a Masters student of Goldsmiths University. She is an Associate Artist of ]performance s p a c e[ and Project Director of Liminal Bodies, the international network for nomadic artists. www.poppyjackson.co.uk
Both celebrated as the “Jimi Hendrix of the sphincter” (Lidové Noviny, Czech Republic) and decried as an “asshole” (The Wire, UK), Dani’s performance installations involve consumer technologies and readily available medical devices, and explore themes around the technologized body, sexuality and vanity. Dani holds a PhD from the University of Sussex and is currently Lecturer in Theatre and Digital Arts at Brunel University London. www.daniploeger.org
OPEN FORUM PART 2 14.30-15:45
Workshop participants and people/participants attending the symposium can sign up for 10 minute slots to present their work, thoughts, lives, performances…
Moderator to be announced.
Hive Synthesis performance series, attempts to create a symbiotic frequency relationship, like pollination and nectar exchanges, beekeeper and bees. Bioni Samp will be showing his bee themed film with live soundtrack… Bioni Samp – ‘Electronic Journey To Avebury’ 15mins (an experimental remediation of a rare Super 8 film, A Journey to Avebury (1971), by acclaimed English film director Derek Jarman). As a electronic music producer and seasonal beekeeper. I was inspired to learn more about bee frequencies and make a creative work that incorporated these bee frequencies in the hope of raising awareness about bees and their increasingly fragile ecology system.
Bioni Samp is an artist, producer and video maker originally from Leeds, Yorkshire. He currently resides in London. He creates experimental electronic music, live and on recordings. He also seasonally works with bees. When not beekeeping, he makes custom audio software and hardware, which he uses in creating his music. Bioni Samp has been publishing his work since 1995 and has had releases on various labels: Aconito, EMIT (UK) Harthouse (DE) Philtre/Kompakt, Instinct, Minimalizm (USA) and Noise Music (BR). http://bionisamp.org
GROUP DISCUSSION & CLOSING
Hosted by Luke, Beth & Annie
BREAK & DO TECH REHEARSALS FOR PERFORMERS
Poppy Jackson, Dani Ploeger, Declan Patrick, Michelle Madsen, Gabriella Daris, Rhiannon Morgan, Sean Bruno, Colette Nolan, Diabola Balsa, Morticia Catherine, Emma Buggy and many more……
Sure to be an evening not to be missed whether you are an artist, and activist or just want a good night out!!
Cost: £6. Be sure to purchase your tickets!