- UC Santa Cruz
- The Arts
14:00 ceremony Kloster UND
ca. 15:00 procession to the garden Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
“I promise to love, honor and cherish you Earth, until death brings us closer together forever.” – from the Ecosexual Manifesto
As the pioneers of ecosex – the artistic, spiritual, and political movement that knows how to fuse sexuality with ecological and sociopolitical activism – Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens see the Earth not as mother, but as lover. By transforming how the individual relates to nature – from the notion of a kinsman-like and hierarchical to a freely chosen, partner-like relationship full of affection and (erotic) desire – they thoroughly shake up conservative value systems in society. This has become even more apparent in the last years during which the couple has staged experimental art weddings around the globe. They have already married – in the presence of legends like Reverend Billy, Beatrix Preciado, or Keith Hennessy – trees, rivers, lakes, mountains, and even the Earth, the sun, and the moon. The traditional format of a wedding always informs the superficies of the ritual, meticulously acted out to the last detail, while the charged content actuates a massive process of revaluation.
At donaufestival the two artists, activists, university professors, sex scholars, and porn producers will perform a Dirty Ecosexual Wedding in which they will marry the soil, the earth, the mud. The approximately three-hour happening and ritual will take place in collaboration with numerous volunteer co-performers between the KlosterUND and Minorite monasteries in Stein. Radical Faeries, queer, LBGT, eco, political, and seeds activists are cordially invited to join the performance. Naturally, all festival visitors are also on the wedding guest list, the only condition is that you must comply with the dress code: brown colours, earth tones, come as brides and grooms, dress up as seeds or dirty persons, or however you like – but in any case, it’s gotta be festive!