Just Experimenting: Video Art Exploring the Margins of Gender and Sexuality

Just Experimenting: Video Art Exploring Gender and Sexuality
Friday, June 9 at 8 PM – 9 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission St,
San Francisco, CA


Doors at 7:30pm! $5 to $20 at the door – 100% of the proceeds go towards supporting the Center for Sex and Culture. NOTAFLOF.

Just Experimenting will be an hour-long program of video art and experimental film that concerns the topic of experimentation: non-traditional video or film techniques and genders and sexualities outside of the norm. What does “just experimenting” mean to you?

Showing works by:
Crystal Mason, Danica Uskert, Charles Lum and Todd Verow, Ceven Knowles, Clitoressa, Meehaun Glasper-Wade, Rick Clarke, Eden Mitsenmacher, Jet Caputo, Paula Levine, Marta Strazicic, oberon strong, and Rocket Ear.

About the curator: Marilyn Roxie is a digital video collage artist. Themes expressed in their art include androgyny, male submission, and queer subculture. Roxie currently lives and works in San Francisco. You can see their work at https://vimeo.com/marilynroxie

Accessibility: The Center for Sex and Culture has a 32 inch wide front door with a slight incline. There is a bathroom that will accommodate heavy chairs (no support bars – forthcoming installation). Main room is on ground floor with a 6 foot ramp up to it. The back door ramp will handle up to 42 inches wide (requires someone to assist in opening door).

About the films:
Crystal Mason – “I Know My Soul”

This video touches on issues of identity building and self love through self knowledge. Using a poem by the Queer Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay.

Paula Levine – “Mirror, Mirror”

Shot in Venice California at Muscle Beach, this is a short vignette about viewing and being viewed.

Eden Mitsenmacher – “Couldn’t Dream Anywhere”

It seems our consciousness is fascinated by our own hands.
It makes sense, for aren’t they a symbol of our agency? That endlessly fragile agency, the sense of which is mostly constructed, almost dreamt up. Yet we’re searching for it relentlessly.
Hurtling through space like that, is restlessness any wonder?

Jet Caputo – “grassonskin”

a human individual utilizes a machine to express their relationship to earth and her entities

Ceven Knowles – “aqua regia”

A web cam artist contemplates his projected image over the internet to the vaporwave soundtrack of the Computer Afterlife album by Infinity Frequencies while simultaneously broadcasting to his public.

oberon strong – “ALL FALLS DOWN”

ALL FALLS DOWN presents a digital hell-loop centering around the idea of the trans antagonist coming to terms with the ideas of home, anxiety, intimacy, our inevitable death, longing, and the conversation between obsolete and current technologies.

Danica Uskert – “cocaine superstar/pop that box”

A multi-layered shibari-striptease performance art music video, heavy on the kink.

Rocket Ear – “Don’t Fuck With England”

A love story of words, whips, fries, and chips.

Marta Strazicic – “Masculine Fragility”

A man oppressed by social norms rethinks his masculinity in the heart of the oasis, finally breaking through his fragility.

Meehaun Glasper-Wade – “I Am”

This is a timeline documenting emotions and changes I have experienced thus far throughout my medical and spiritual transition from female to male.

Clitoressa (aka Christina Goestl) – “sexflexnetz”

An audiovisual extravaganza re-mix in celebration of the infamous net.art project sex.t0.or.at, 1997-2006, – ‘A positive guide about pleasure, being informed and asking questions, encompassing drag kings, macho sluts, new fiction and performers, artists and writers from Japan’s Midori to Pat Califia.’ (I-D magazine) Produced for the royal blast-off picnic performance at Flex (AT), 1998. Revised and dubbed 2007. With a dedication to kink party people !i!i!

Charles Lum and Todd Verow – “BLOW JOB 2017”

“BLOW JOB 2017” is a remake, update and a deconstructive reimagining of Andy Warhol’s most famous 1964 short film “Blow Job.”

Rick Clarke – “THE SYMBOLS WILT”

…This confusion, this dark backwards, this failure in the duty of mothers, this burying of liberty’s putrid corpse is my misinterpretation of the immortal hour and the purity of my love, of my sex and of my fetishes – my fetishes of and for fetishes… the transference of energies after the golden death of the body is the cause of all this… I want to wonder about that, moving between bodies. Not really ‘woman trapped in a man’s body’ and vice-versa, because that’s impossible to know for sure… the people without these powerful energies – i.e. everybody not me and thee – are parasites… For these vermins who inhibit our private world, our over-garden, to have a soul would be a travesty…

About the artists:

Crystal Mason
Crystal Mason is a youngest child. Genderqueer. Social, and works for art and art making. Crystal Mason is a mover of emotions and thought. A lover who submits. A black person who can not hide, so I assert my right to be seen. Art maker, arts administrator, videographer and editor. https://vimeo.com/user7669481

Paula Levine
Paula Levine has worked in video since 1983. Trained through local community television production in Vancouver, BC, with roots in local histories, grassroots video productions and the power of community voices. Her videos have screened in numerous festivals, galleries and museums in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe, including the Canadian Embassy in Japan, New York Jewish Film and Video Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Canadian National Gallery. Her work has won many awards, including commendations from SECA, Atlanta Film and Video Festival, Montreal Film and Video Festival, with works in permanent collections and media libraries. Her video is distributed through Video Out, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://paulalevine.net/

Eden Mitsenmacher
Born 1987 in the USA; works in Rotterdam and Tel Aviv. Combines performance, video and installation to take a critical yet engaging view of social, political and cultural issues. Holds a BFA from Goldsmiths College University of London and an MFA from the Dutch Art Institute. Has participated in several exhibitions world wide, including; Istanbul Biennial, the Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands, Holon Design Museum, Liverpool Biennial, Arebyte Gallery London, ANILOGUE, Animation Festival Budapest, Internationales KurzFilmFestival Hamburg Germany and many more. http://www.edenmitsenmacher.com/

Jet Caputo
Jet Caputo is a multi media video artist who often utilizes the special abilities that a hi-8 video camera has to offer. With an organic and homemade feel, he blends documentary techniques with expressionism to present themes of eco-eroticism, a connection to the earth, and self image. To see his work, visit https://vimeo.com/krapnekpark or on Instagram as @krapnekpark.

Ceven Knowles
Ceven Knowles is video and new media artist out of Berlin. He works with themes of psychoanalysis, pagan spirituality, and the exploration of consciousness in digital and new media through his video art installations, art pornography, and music video. http://cevenknowles.com/

oberon strong
oberon strong (b. 1990 in los angeles, ca.) is a queer rapper, photographer, and filmmaker. his work draws on themes of being othered, the absence of the lover, processing feelings of desire, and the relationship between death and photography. http://www.thehuntersnow.com/

Danica Uskert
Danica Uskert is a dis/abled, pansexual, polyamorous, mixed-race (Filipina-Slovak) multimedia performance artist and filmmaker. Her bdsm and fetish-themed work focuses on memory, trauma, self-love, identity, representation, and rebuilding one’s sense of self after sexual assault, abuse, and half a lifetime as a former sex worker/professional submissive. You can find more of her work at http://www.filmandfishnet.com, follow her on vimeo at http://wwww.vimeo.com/danicauskert, or on twitter @donnauwanna.

Rocket Ear
Rocket Ear works at the intersection of sex, sound, software, and silliness. You can find him at https://mobile.twitter.com/rocket_ear or https://www.reddit.com/user/RocketEar. This is his first movie. He’d love to have your help to make another.

Marta Strazicic

Marta Strazicic (19/04/1995) is an MA student of new media and animation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. She works in an art duo called SwS(Schwestern Sisters) with her sister Tea. They merged together and started making animated music videos, short animations, posters, various art exhibitions etc. Their SwS quote is:”Creating art is a one thing, but looking at other people’s art, it’s another thing” https://vimeo.com/piratesheep https://ello.co/pirate_sheep

Meehaun Glasper-Wade
Meehaun Glasper-Wade, is a California based visual artist residing in the Bay Area, SF. As a young Black transgender man he hopes his work will bring awareness to the black and queer community as well as their parallels and intersections. He is currently working on a series of paintings which examine certain notion(s) of masculinity within the black and trans male of color community. https://www.instagram.com/Meehauntheartist

Clitoressa aka Christina Goestl is an artist with an extensive sex.art dossier. She created and maintained the net.art project ‘SEX – a positive guide’ (online 1997-2006, recently on show at Wien Museum, Austria, in a restored version, http://sex.clitoressa.net), developed the sex-positive interactive compendium ‘matrix.64’, and is a pioneer in shedding light on the pleasure spot clitoris with her artistic works ‘Clitoris Design’ and the 3d-print model ‘Clitonics’ http://www.cccggg.net/

Charles Lum and Todd Verow
Charles Lum, aka clublum, received his MFA in Photography from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago after 25 years scouting & managing film locations. His short videos have screened internationally in museum, art and film venues.

Todd Verow attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the AFI Conservatory.
He made his feature film debut with “FRISK” in 1996. (Sundance, Berlin & Toronto.) At Bangor Films, Todd has directed over 25 features and numerous shorts, establishing himself as the most prolific auteur emeritus of the New Queer Cinema.

Charles & Todd also co-directed the feature documentaries “AGE OF CONSENT” and “SEX & The Silver Gays” and the shorts “TOM”s Gift,” “been too long at the FAIR.” and “Secret Santa SEX Party.”

Rick Clarke
Rick Clarke is from the brutalist wastelands of the north west of England.