- UC Santa Cruz
- The Arts
Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens
Assuming the Ecosexual Position
The Love Art Lab at The Lab
Saturday, February 13, 2010
8:00 p.m. | Doors at 7:30 p.m.
$7 – $10 sliding scale | No one turned away for lack of funds
FREE with Lab membership
In celebration of Valentine's Day and this new decade pregnant with possibilities for change and transformation, acclaimed performance artist and sex educator Annie Sprinkle and her partner, interdisciplinary artist and activist Elizabeth Stephens, take you on a joyous and inspiring journey as they explore, generate, and celebrate love through art. They will weave their amazing stories, share some dazzling images, and do mini-performances about their experiments in romance, artificial insemination, breast cancer, sex education, performance art weddings, and other love-inspired projects. Currently investigating “ecosexuality,” these two dynamic women are mapping a new field of research they coined “sexecology” — the place where sexology and ecology intersect. Perhaps you’ll discover that you, too, are an ecosexual.
The evening's proceedings will also feature an erotic cake contest. Audience members are encouraged to participate by bringing a luscious, lascivious desert of their own making. Every cake will win a prize, with the most wildly erotic cakes of various categories taking special honors, and one very extraordinary cake winning the grand prize. Be creative! Categories may include Best Vegan Cake, Best Ecosexual Cake, Most Avant Garde Cake, Best Non-edible Cake (Cake as Sculpture!), and more.
The Love Art Laboratory project grew out of Stephens’ and Sprinkle’s 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. It has developed into something much larger than the artists could have imagined. Love Art Laboratory events are symbolic gestures which aim to instill hope, counter fear, and be a call for action to help make the world a kinder, gentler and more loving place.
Annie Sprinkle was a prostitute and porn star for twenty years, then became an internationally acclaimed performance artist and sex educator. She has authored six books, and produced and starred in her own brand of feminist “post porn” films. Much of her work was inspired by her experiences with psychoactive substances, shamanic journeys, tantra and ecstasy breathing. Sprinkle is currently a popular visiting artist lecturer at colleges and universities. She has a Ph.D. in human sexuality. She toured four different one-woman theater pieces about her life to sixteen countries.
Elizabeth Stephens is interdisciplinary artist and activist who has explored themes of sexuality, gender, and feministic politics through art and performance for over 20 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 in ecological performance art.
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