We will kick off this weekend with the unveiling of our “Ecosex Manifesto,” visual art exhibit with new collages, our ecosex wedding videos and ephemera, new photographs, and a wall text of our ecosex manifesto. Our art projects aim to inspire more love and appreciation for our Earth and environment.
We will be presenting five panels each with a stellar moderator and four diverse presenters. Eocsexual theorist and author of seminal text, Gaia and the New Politics of Love, Serena Anderlini, Ph.D. is flying in from University of Puerto Rico to present the keynote, What is Ecosexual Love? A Guide to the Arts and Joys of Amorous Inclusiveness. Good Vibration’s resident sexologist, Carol Queen, Ph.D., will be discussing The Sexology of Ecosexuality. Dr. Robert Lawrence, Ph.D. will explore The Ecosex Body. Also presenting is Madison Young, the award winning queer porn movie producer, an artist, and head of the Femina Potens Gallery. She will cover the Greening of the Sex Industry. Tania Hammidi will do a dance about conflict in the Middle East, genocide and olive trees. There will be a special “ecosexi-love-a-licious vegan raw lunch” created by Becka Shertzer’s Brazennectar & Mister Cream. Other presenters are Dylan Bolles & Sasha Hom, Amy Champ, and the legendary porn actress Dr. Sharon Mitchell who will share about the Sensuality of Gardening. The author of the book Ecosex, Stephanie Iris Weiss will be skyping in from New York for a panel on ecosex practices. Joseph Kramer, Ph.D. will share his experiences with somatic eco-sexercises. There will also be an open forum for participants to share their work and thoughts. And more.
Who is invited? YOU, various communities, artists, academics, students, activists, theorists, curators, ecologists, environmentalists, sex workers, art patrons, nature nymphs, country folk, city folk, herbalists, historians, pagans, scientists, media people, and others. The opening night is free. The entire symposium weekend is just $35. No one turned away for lack of funds.
A San Francisco Arts Commission cultural equity grant plus support from the Queer Cultural Center helps make all this possible.
Elizabeth Stevens is an interdisciplinary artist and activist who has explored themes of sexuality, gender, and feministic politics through art and performance for well almost 30 years. She is a professor in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at University of California, Davis. She is working to end devastating mountaintop removal mining practices in West Virginia, where she grew up. elizabethstephens.org
Annie Sprinkle has 35+ years of experience in sexually oriented entertainment, education, and art. She worked as a prostitute and porn star for twenty years, and was a mover and shaker in the 80’s sex positive feminist movement. She evolved into an internationally acclaimed performance artist whose work is studied in many Universities. Sprinkle became the first porn star to earn a Ph.D..Today she is an out “ecosexual,” committed to making the environmental movement more sexy, fun and diverse.
The Love Art Laboratory project, Stephens and Sprinkle’s collaborative project, grew out of their response to the violence of war, the anti-gay marriage movement, and our prevailing culture of greed and ignorance, which causes the destruction of the planet. Love Art Lab events projects aim to instill hope, counter fear, and be a call for action to help make the world a kinder, gentler and more sustainable place. loveartlab.org
The Center for Sex & Culture hosts educational and cultural events having to do with sexuality for adults of every orientation and gender. A 501©(3) nonprofit, it also maintains a sexuality library and archive. Sexandculture.org