A Pop Up Walking Tour Performance in California

The Ecosexuals, 2015
Press photo.

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens: ‘By shifting the metaphor from “Earth as mother” to “Earth as lover” we aim to entice people to develop a more mutual, pleasurable, sustainable, and less destructive relationship with the environment.’

June 21 & June 28, 2015
Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens presents:


A Pop Up Walking Tour Performance: Bernal Hill Walking Tours & An Ecosexual Contingent in the SF Pride Parade, California, USA.

For performance details and how you can participate in the Ecosexual contingent in the Pride Parade: www.theEcosexuals.org

Wir werden Berlinerinnen!!!

Excerpt from newsletter by RED BIND AKA Gilivanka Kedzior and Barbara Friedman

Red Bind, May2015

New performance by RED BIND aka Gilivanka Kedzior and Barbara Friedman:

[DOUBLE BIND #4: Mother]

DUOS May 28, 2015, 18:00 – 22:00
at SOMA Art Gallery, Liegnitzer str 34, 10999 Berlin, Germany

“‘Duos’ is the long-term curatorial project of SOMA Art Gallery Berlin. By questioning what relations, intimacies, being together or being alone mean in our life, in our time, the ‘Duos’ project collaborates with the Philosopher Matthias Haase. For the MPA Performance Festival, 9 artists duos [among others Gilivanka Kedzior and Barbara Friedman] are invited to perform, some they work as a duo, some of them are artist couple, some they choose collaborator for their performance.

[This event is a part of] The Month of Performance Art – Berlin 2015 ANTHOLOGY http://www.mpa-b.org/ curated by Nabi Nara / S0MA Gallery, Berlin.”

TateShots: Barbara Hammer (2012)

TateShots: Barbara Hammer (2012)

Barbara Hammer
Changing the Shape of Film 2012 (first performed 1979)
at Tate Modern, London.

About Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer is a pivotal figure in American experimental film. An acclaimed pioneer of queer cinema, her prolific output includes the earliest avant-garde films that openly address lesbian life and sexuality.

Toronto: New Performance by Jess Dobkin

Press photo courtesy of Jess Dobkin
Press photo courtesy of Jess Dobkin

How Many Performance Artists Does it Take

to Change a Light Bulb (For Martha Wilson)

Performance by Jess Dobkin
Thursday, April 16
at 7:00pm – 11:15pm
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
Toronto, Ontario M5A, Canada

Made in response and as an ode to one of America’s foremost groundbreaking performance artists, performance artist Jess Dobkin’s newest work, How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb (For Martha Wilson), is at once a question, a joke and a reflection on the ways we see.

Taking a direct cue from Wilson’s 2005 video, A History of Performance Art According to Me, Martha Wilson, Dobkin takes on the complex and riddled history of performance art, defining its terms and conditions, while acknowledging the slippery temperament of her task. Wilson is also the founder and director of the renowned Franklin Furnace, a legendary artist-run space in New York City that once served as a venue, and in more recent years, exists as a virtual archive with the mission of “making the world safe for avant-garde art.”

In Wilson’s oral history of performance art, she by direct address to the camera relates the following joke:

Q: How Many Performance Artists Does it
Take to Change a Light Bulb?
A: I don’t know. I left after 4 hours.

True to the character of the light-bulb-joke oeuvre, where deviations occur over time and regions, Dobkin adds an additional variation of this joke concerning performance artists:

Q: How Many Performance Artists Does it
Take to Change a Light Bulb?
A: One to change the light bulb and 40 to document it.

As a manifestation of these jokes, and as a reflection of our screen-dependent culture, Dobkin has developed a four- plus-hour durational performance where a performance artist (Dobkin) will change a light bulb with at least 40 people documenting the piece through an exhaustive list of forms. From the ever-present phone camera, social media fanfare and GPS locator, Dobkin also turns to the generations of how performance art has been documented, revisiting the various models of photo- graphy, video recording, film formats, drawing, writing, along with treaded analogue technologies.

How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb (For Martha Wilson) will be an attempt to overwhelm the definitions and intersections of performance, documentation, the archive and image reproduction to investigate the nature of performance itself.

Questions at stake include: How is performance shared, transmitted, recalled, remembered? How do we under- stand the lifespan of a performance? How does the
form and quality of the documentation impact our under- standing of the original work? How have technological advances in documentation and image making changed our understanding and definition of performance art practices?

Performed by Jess Dobkin and 40 volunteer documenters, with special guest appearance by Martha Wilson.

Co-presented by TD; York University; U of T Drama Centre; Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies; OCAD Onsite; Digital Dramaturgy Lab; FADO Performance Centre