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?


    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


    6pm - Screening
    9pm - Fine Art Union

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

    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

    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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  2. Proposal:
    University Art Museum
    California State University Long Beach

    'The Ideas In And Around What Could Have Been or Could Be' (a performance in 5 parts)*


    The Need For Self


    Body As Object

    Project Plan:
    1. the need for self
    2. destructive behavior: I get beaten
    3. clues to the meaning of life part 6: for David
    4. things to do when you can’t sleep
    5. all things add up to the sum of all their parts, (5 being one of the numbers to work with in this case) the logical equation, to date is, truth + loss = confusion.

    Description of Projects:
    1. the need for self: ‘body as object’ I will recreate variations of the four performances from the original project. (note attached document + view video and images of the original performance at dawnkasper.com)

    2. destructive behavior: I get beaten: I am beaten in some way, either physically beaten up or competitively say in a game of chess (note Marcel Duchamp)

    3. clues to the meaning of life part 6 : for David: this is a monologue I performed as a tribute to a friend that passed away recently. This version will be a more refined version, think Spaulding Grey meets Miranda July.

    4. things to do when you cant sleep: I will perform a monologue explaining theories as to why I cant sleep. I will play the piano. I don’t know how to play the piano…yet. I will learn a score to a Buster Keaton film.

    5. all things add up to the sum of all their parts, (5 being one of the numbers to work with in this case) the logical equation, to date is, truth + loss = confusion. I will brand the word “truth” on the inside of my right arm. Also note video on my website: dawnkasper.com Love Series #1 LOVE branding.

    Items Needed:
    1. the need for self: I will provide
    2. destructive behavior: I get beaten: a table and chairs
    3. clues to the meaning of life part 6 : for David: I will need a table, chair, PA system with a microphone, and a microphone stand.
    4. things to do when you cant sleep: I need an acoustic piano, PA, a microphone and microphone stand
    5. all things add up to the sum of all their parts, (5 being one of the numbers to work with in this case) the logical equation, to date is, truth + loss = confusion: I will provide

    I will need to leave all of these objects in their place after each performance for the entire duration of the exhibition. I do not need all that much room. The idea is to do these performances over the duration of the exhibition schedule. One performance a week for a month. Times and duration are subject to change.

    Title Notes:
    (“confusing really” probably making little to no sense at present) based on many notions or theories of self or self realizations, or discovering loss/grief through death and dieing or discovering things that were always there that I never knew were there, or finding life in death the question is “where do I go from here?)

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