Slow Sex Symposia
Queer exit-strategies from capitalist economies of attraction and performance

Presented as part of the
This is What I Want Festival

30th June 2012 12-4 PM
at the Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

Free of Charge with reservation
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Presented in collaboration with Center for Sex and Culture’s Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence and under rigorous curatorial direction by Los Angeles based London scholar and practicing performance maker Doran George, “Slow Sex” comprises two facilitated discussions about desire.

Over the course of a day, events will encourage the symposium audience to make a connection between their own desires and performance that is influenced by alternative participatory sexual-practice.

Panel 1: 12:00-1:50 pm

Jim Self, Tessa Wills, Sara Kraft, Mica Sigourney, Dia Dear, Rafa Esperza, Nick and JMY, Taisha Paggett

The first panel ”Performing Critical Desire, brings together the artists that have presented in the 2012 festival ”This Is What I Want, to discuss how their work does or doesn’t connect with the legacy of alternative sexual practice. Contributors will discuss how their critique of  dominant models of desire connects to their identity, lifestyle or artistic perspective, and how the festival theme provided them with a context to create new work or restage and bring a particular lens to an existing work. They will also reflect upon the influences on queer perspectives in their work more generally, and take questions that arise from the audience.

Panel 2: 2:10-4:00 pm

Carol Queen, Xandra Ibarra, Dossie Easton, Joseph Kramer

The second panel “Practicing Radical Pleasure” facilitated by Carol Queen of the Center for Sex and Culture, focuses on the alternative sexual practice movement to structure desire in a way that resists conventional models of attraction and play. With its richly diverse cultural make-up, and distinct history of sex and gender movements, San Francisco has historically been home to one of the strongest radical pleasure communities in the world. Joseph Kramer, Dossie Easton and Xandra Ibarra will present their respective work in the development of lifestyles and the synthesis of identities that have been part of the Bay Area milieu. Each of the panelists has either influenced or been directly involved in the world of performance, and San Francisco boasts a unique relationship between experimental sexual practice and art.

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