Just Experimenting was a video show held at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco and coming soon to LUDWIG in Berlin. A 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? This abridged version includes videos shown in the program, with the exception of Eden Mitsenmacher – “Couldn’t Dream Anywhere”, Rocket Ear – “Don’t Fuck With England”, and Charles Lum and Todd Verow - "BLOW JOB 2017".
Crystal Mason, Danica Uskert, Ceven Knowles, Clitoressa, Meehaun Glasper-Wade, Vic Greene, Jet Caputo, Paula Levine, Marta Strazicic, and oberon strong.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
Vic Greene – “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…