Saturday, 10 December 2011

community action center video project

From my inbox, from k8 Hardy:

A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner's Community Action Center is a 69-minute sociosexual video incorporating the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project is a unique contemporary composition, an archive of an intergenerational community built on collaboration, friendship, sex and art. Burns and Steiner worked with artists and performers who created infinitely complex gender and performance roles that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack of music by Chicks on Speed, Effi Briest, Electrelane, Chateau featuring K8 Hardy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Light Asylum, MEN, Motherland, NGUZUNGUZU, I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laska), Kinski and Thee Majesty (Genesis P-Orridge), and featuring original compositions by Justin Bond, Nick Hallett & Sam Greenleaf Miller, Ashland Mines & Wu Tsang, Sergei Tcherepnin and Tri-State Area with AV Linton.

K8 Hardy:

Every gay and queer up and down the U.S. should get a chance to see the video Community Action Center. It will rock their world wide open. The artists behind this radical and pornographic art video want to tour up and down and all across the States and hold screenings and discussions exactly where this kind of imagery is completely unavailable. Just because there is so much pornography online does not mean you can see these kind of sexual representations. This is consent and unabashed pleasure and it's not made by straight men or for straight men. This is radical sexual representation and we need to get it out there! It must be seen outside the art world! Not every gay person can fall in step with what straight people think are acceptable and normal (?) and sadly, shame has far reaching and heart-breaking consequences. This video is explicitly about pleasure and queer bodies and shamelessness and outsiders. I truly believe it can be as important as Our Bodies, Ourselves was in the early 70s and it will educate people and give permission to accept perversities, variations of sexualities, and ... aesthetics!

This is important because not only will people see the video, but A.L Steiner and AK Burns will be there to talk and stand there proudly as living examples of gender queers and unabashed feminists. I write this passionately because I remember what it was like living in Fort Worth and meeting loud ass riot grrrls rolling through town and confronting sexist bullshit and the reality of their presence saved my life. I'm not being dramatic. It's true.

Please donate if you can and forward!

If successful, this fundraiser will take the project on a nationwide screening tour to rural LGBTQ community support centers around the U.S. and provide all 50 performers, musicians & crew members with fees for their contributions to the project. If you believe in paying artists & performers for their work, supporting feminist projects and/or bringing artwork to rural GLBTQ communities - PLEASE DONATE!

With the amazing support of our extended communities, A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner's project, Community Action Cetner, has reached close to 50% of thier funding - $11,000! They have only 13 days left to raise the rest AND we now, matching funds are available so your fully tax-deductible donations - and the reward tiers - are doubled- $5=$10, $25=$50...

This money will go directly to support working artists & performers (myself included!), as well as rural GLBTQ communities. And the best part is that with any donation over $13 today, you are eligible for unique artworks as rewards, in exchange for your donations!

By donating, funders can receive original artwork, private VIP screenings and performances. Burns + Steiner must reach their goal of $25K by Dec. 21st to be granted any of the money- it's either all or nothing.

Because of the project's explicit queer sexual content, many institutions organizations and funding bodies could not/will not financially support this fundraising effort- but USA Projects has generously and courageously taken it on.


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