THE RESEARCH-CREATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COLABORATORY at the University of Alberta IS PLEASED TO PRESENT KILLAM DISTINGUISHED VISITORS BETH STEPHENS & ANNIE SPRINKLE
TUES. 7:30 PM / BOOK READING AND SIGNING
The Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm
The Traveling Tickle Trunk (9923 82 Ave.)
With performative readings by the authors, Annie Sprinkle and
Beth Stephens, and their Sexy Orgasmanaut Friends.
WED. 5:15 PM / 5TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY WITH FEMINISM
ASSUMING THE ECOSEXUAL POSITION
U of A Faculty Club: Winspear Room (11435 Saskatchewan Dr.)
An artists’ talk with Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle in which they discuss their sixteen-years of collaborative art and activism.
FRI. 4:00 PM / FILM SCREENING (80 MINS.)
Water Makes Us Wet — An Ecosexual Adventure
U of A Humanities Centre Lecture Theatre 1
Explore the pleasures and politics of water while on a California road trip that climaxes in a shocking event reaffirming the power of the Earth. The screening will be followed by a talk-back session with the artists, facilitated by Drs. Kim TallBear, Chloë Taylor, and Natalie Loveless.
Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens’ Green Wedding to the Earth in 2008 launched what the artists now consider to be their life’s work. It was there that they began using the concept of ‘ecosexuality’ to frame their art, theory, practice and activism, which is premised upon the idea of imagining the earth as a multi-gendered lover. Through their ecosexual performances, lectures, walking tours, workshops, visual art, symposia, manifesto, films and other creative projects, Sprinkle and Stephens posit a radical relationship with environmentalism that is non-hetero-normative, and non-human centered. This week of events will be a call for queer communities, environmental activists, edgy artists, sex radicals, and others to come together and to challenge our ideas of what human sexuality and environmental activism can be.
BETH STEPHENS is a filmmaker, performance artist, activist, and Professor and Chair of the Art Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz whose work fuses feminist, queer, and environmental politics.
ANNIE SPRINKLE is an artist, sexologist, author, lecturer and educator, as well as having been a director and performer in the adult film industry and a professional photographer.
for more information visit: www.researchcreation.ca
Photo credit: RR Jones