THIS IS HOW I FUCK MY ENVIRONMENT*
performance by Dawn Kasper

The intent of this performance was to attempt to poetically illustrate sexual perversions in relationship to and inspired by "queering" an architectural space. (Referencing consciousness and human connections.) Formula as follows; to begin, try presenting visual theories (or cues) of connecting to a space sexually by activating said space and or generating potential sexual desires and energies through using sound and imagery. Do not utilize obvious sexual references. Allow time for desire to develop. End result, creating a unified safe queer space.

a collaboration with Street Buddy (a band including artist Joel Kyack joelkyack.blogspot.com/)

The performance was inspired by the exhibition QUEERING SEX organized and curated by Kathryn Garcia and Sarvia Jasso.

(information from the exibition below)

Queering Sex considers how artists across generations are using sex as a way to understand and explore what lies at the core of one’s identity. Among the works included are a select group of videos created during the sexual revolution of the 1970s and the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s- both extremely significant decades that propelled the advent of identity and queer politics. We are intent on bringing together a disparate group of artists to open up the critical and institutional discourses surrounding these ideas. Instead of proposing one strict agenda, the exhibition’s inter-generational and cross-cultural approach allows there to be room for numerous points of view. Inherent to the very nature of the content, oftentimes the works in this exhibition directly or indirectly challenge normative binaries, patriarchal institutions and other systems of control that consciously or unconsciously affect us.

The title of the exhibition is meant to expand upon queer notions of sex and challenge the idea of queer vs normal. For years, the word could not have been used without derogatory connotations. Even before it was reclaimed by the gay community as a sign of defiance, it was also used to define anything that was considered deviant, outsider and/or abnormal. According to Judith Butler, queer is “a site of collective contestation, the point of departure for a set of historical reflections and futural imaginings”. In Queering Sex, with its inter-generational approach, we are positing that queer exists on multiple planes of non-linearity and is beyond hetero and homo-normative distinctions. Queer is an idea that is constantly evolving, changing, and adapting to its current climate.

As a whole, Queering Sex proposes the question, what does it mean to be “queer” nowadays?

OPENING FRIDAY JUNE 24TH

QUEERING SEX curated by Kathryn Garcia and Sarvia Jasso

Theo Adams, Skip Arnold, CHOKRA, Coco Dolle, Zackary Drucker, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Fine Art Union, Gordon Flores, Kathryn Garcia, Paul Gellman, Katy Grannan, Wynne Greenwood, David Jones, Dawn Kasper, Brian Kenny, Rosalie Knox, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Benjamin Alexander Huseby and Lars Laumann, Bruce La Bruce, Danielle Levitt, Lovett/Codagnone, Manon, Nadja Verena Marcin, Lucas Michael, Slava Mogutin, Tameka Norris, ORLAN, Maria Petschnig, Breyer P-Orridge, Hunter Reynolds, Natalie Rodgers, Michael Rudnick, Ira Sachs, Rafael Sanchez, Carolee Schneemann, Scottee, Michael Sharkey, Jack Smith, Matthew Stone, Street Buddy, Toshinori Tanaka, Tobaron Waxman, Marnie Weber, Samuel White, Martha Wilson, Rona Yefman

OPENING NIGHT, FRIDAY JUNE 24

6pm - Screening
9pm - Fine Art Union

SATURDAY, JUNE 25
6pm - Screening: 9 Days of Cry Out by Toshinori Tanaka
7pm - Matt Greene
8pm - Tall Paul

SUNDAY, JUNE 26
4pm & 6pm Normal Love by Jack Smith
8pm - Screening: Bruce La Bruce, Gordon Flores, Kathryn Garcia, Benjamin Alexander Huseby and Lars Laumann
9pm – Sphinx

JUNE 27 – JULY 1: Please check the website for hours and screening schedule

CLOSING NIGHT, JULY 2
7pm - Dawn Kasper and Street Buddy

More information: humanresourcesla.com/queeringsex

*(note: this is a first draft reference video, referencing documentation from the live performance event only, not final edit of video)

Special Thanks to Mariah Garnett and Eric Kim for the footage.

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