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

Just Experimenting: Video Art Exploring the Margins of Gender and Sexuality was an hour long video program shown at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco and LUDWIG in Berlin in June/July 2017.

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1884607415140325/

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…