Eco-activists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens

Press release by Femina Potens

Earthy. Performance by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens
Earthy. Performance by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens

EARTHY – AN ECOSEX BOOT CAMP
Co-presented by Queer Cultural Center Center for Sex and Culture
June 13th – 16th and 20th – 23rd at
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA
94103

Earthy. Performance by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens
EARTHY is a part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2013. Sponsored by Femina Potens Art Gallery and the Center for Sex and Culture.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle aim to get an ‘E’ added to the ‘GLBTQI’ moniker. E is for ecosexual. They also want to make eco-activism more enticing, as well as expand people’s notions of what sexuality can be. “In Earthy—An Ecosex Boot Camp, we will shift the metaphor from ‘Earth as mother’ to ‘Earth as lover,’ which will hopefully be a paradigm changing experience for our audience” the women explain.“By the time people leave the show, they will likely realize they are ecosexual too.”

When Stephens and Sprinkle learned more about the environmental crisis, they saw red and went green. Today they are serious environmental activists, and two of the most visible movers and shakers in the budding international ecosex movement. They even wrote the Ecosex Manifesto! Describing San Francisco as “the clitoris of the USA, and the hotbed of the ecosex arts movement,” their show is largely funded with support from a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant, a Theater Bay Area CASH award, as well as grants from UCSC, where Beth Stephens teaches art. Patty Gallagher, who is also at UCSC, directs the show.

Describing their new performance piece, they say they will utilize humor, queer strategies, lots of dirt, and an intensely physical performance involving compost toilets, a bon fire, and a dramatic soundscape performance by Tony’s Circus of the Fresh Juice Party. Lighting design is by Shelia Malone, and graphic design concepts are by Kern Toy. Stephens and Sprinkle will also utilize their naked bodies as tools of resistance on stage. They point out that, “People are part of, not separate from, nature. Therefore all sex is actually ecosex.”

The Center for Sex & Culture will be transformed into an “Ecosex Bootcamp,” with a host of sexy camp counselors. Audiences are invited to bring their cameras and can pose on the stage with the props after the show. The performance will climax with a bondage inspired protest, group wedding vows to the Earth, and a call and response to the question, “What in nature turns you on?”

About Femina Potens

Femina Potens is a nationally recognized non-profit arts organization, established in 2000, and dedicated to the advancement of LGBTQ & Allied Artists and Communities. Femina Potens is a leading queer organization in San Francisco and in 2012 launched new programming in NYC and Los Angeles.

Related Links

Beth’s Ecosex Herstory
Annie’s Ecosex Herstory

Strange Bedfellows: Collaborative Practice in Queer Art

Press release by ROOT DIVISION, San Francisco, USA

Invitation - Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows: Collaborative Practice in Queer Art

Presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2013

Strange Bedfellows is a visual art exhibition exploring collaborative practice in queer art. Featuring the work of over twenty contemporary queer artists alongside ephemera loaned from the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society Archive, the show presents diverse strategies for collaboration and considers multiple authorship as a radical concept.
Strange Bedfellows is a nationally traveling exhibition with accompanying catalogue, and is a fiscally sponsored project of the Queer Cultural Center. The exhibition will debut in San Francisco at Root Division in June 2013 as part of the National Queer Arts Festival, and then travel to the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania in Fall of 2013. It will next be presented in Chicago for the College Art Association Conference in February of 2014 as the sponsored exhibition of the Queer Caucus for the Arts. [The exhibition is curated by Amy Cancelmo.] Additional funders for the project include Endeavor Foundation for the Arts & Rainbow Grocery.

Artists:

Bren Ahearn & Jesse M. Kahn, Jordan Arseneault & POSTER VIRUS, E.G. Crichton, Barbara McBane & Susan Working, Sean Fader, Alexander Hernandez’ with Rude House, Sarah Hirneisen, Amos Mac & Juliana Huxtable LaDosha, Tara Mateik, Billy ocallaghan, Adrienne Skye Roberts, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens with Luke Wilson, Julie Sutherland*, Tina Takemoto & Angela Ellsworth, Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans, Angie Wilson & Amber Straus.
* Root Division Studio Artist

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 7-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: June 5 – 29, 2013
Gallery Hours: Wednesday- Saturday, 2–6 pm (or by appointment)
Panel Discussion & Catalogue Release: Wednesday, June 19, 7-9 pm
Featuring: EG Crichton & Barbara McBane, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans
Moderated by: Amy Cancelmo [at]
Root Division
3175 17th Street (between South Van Ness & Shotwell)
San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

ABOUT ROOT DIVISION:
Root Division is a visual arts non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division’s mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.
Root Division is supported in part by grants from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission: Cultural Equity Grants, Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Phyliis C. Wattis Foundation, Crescent Porter Hale Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, W A Gerbode Foundation, and Bill Graham Memorial Fund.

Related Links

Read the curator’s interviews with the artists at the exhibition site www.strangebedfellowsexhibition.wordpress.com

EARTHY – an Ecosex Boot Camp

San Francisco, CA. May 18, 2013: Press Release from Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens and Femina Potens

Ecosex Boot Camp Invitation

EARTHY

— AN ECOSEX BOOT CAMP AIMS TO MAKE ECO-ACTIVSM

MORE SEXY, FUN AND DIVERSE

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle aim to get an ‘E’ added to the ‘GLBTQI’ moniker. E is for ecosexual. They also want to make eco-activism more enticing, as well as expand people’s notions of what sexuality can be. “In Earthy—An Ecosex Boot Camp, we will shift the metaphor from ‘Earth as mother’ to ‘Earth as lover,’ which will hopefully be a paradigm changing experience for our audience” the women explain. “By the time people leave the show, they will likely realize they are ecosexual too.”

When Stephens and Sprinkle learned more about the environmental crisis, they saw red and went green. Today they are serious environmental activists, and two of the most visible movers and shakers in the budding international ecosex movement. They even wrote the Ecosex Manifesto! Describing San Francisco as “the clitoris of the USA, and the hotbed of the ecosex arts movement,” their show is largely funded with support from a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant, a Theater Bay Area CASH award, as well as grants from UCSC, where Beth Stephens teaches art. Patty Gallagher, who is also at UCSC, directs the show.
Ecosexuals Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens
Describing their new performance piece, they say they will utilize humor, queer strategies, lots of dirt, and an intensely physical performance involving compost toilets, a bon fire, and a dramatic soundscape performance by Tony’s Circus of the Fresh Juice Party. Lighting design is by Shelia Malone, and graphic design concepts are by Kern Toy. Stephens and Sprinkle will also utilize their naked bodies as tools of resistance on stage. They point out that, “People are part of, not separate from, nature. Therefore all sex is actually ecosex.”

The Center for Sex & Culture will be transformed into an “Ecosex Bootcamp,” with a host of sexy camp counselors. Audiences are invited to bring their cameras and can pose on the stage with the props after the show. The performance will climax with a bondage inspired protest, group wedding vows to the Earth, and a call and response to the question, “What in nature turns you on?”

8 shows only! Thursdays-Sundays:

June 13, 14, 15, 16,
and 20, 21, 22, 23
8:00 PM
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA, 94103

Tickets are sliding scale, $12-$25
Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/374736

More about Stephens & Sprinkle’s work:

www.sexecology.org

Co-Presented by Femina Potens Art Gallery / www.feminapotens.org

Femina Potens is a nationally recognized non-profit arts organization, established in 2000, and dedicated to the advancement of LGBTQ & Allied Artists and Communities. Femina Potens is a leading queer organization in San Francisco and in 2012 launched new programming in NYC and Los Angeles.

UCSC Professor Elizabeth Stephens

UCSC Professor Elizabeth Stephens – videointerview published by DobroFilms, May 2012.

UCSC Art Professor and former Chair of the Art Department, UC David PhD Candidate, wife to Annie Sprinkle, performance artist, sculptor, Elizabeth Stephens talked with Nada Miljkovic for KZSC’s Artist on Art about her work as an eco-activist and SexEcology, and events – among others her and Annie’s Eco Sexual Bed Peace performance at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in May 2012.

The video was recorded in Elizabeth Stephens’ and Annie Sprinkle’s installation The Temple of Love at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

Related Link
Elisabeth Stephens’ website