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Monday, July 17, 2017

KUNSTSCHUSS


Kunstschuss

The Vaginal Davis dollface came back to Berlin for a short spell for CHEAP Funk on Rebooty FM the regular monthly radio program hosted by the CHEAP gang on 88.4. The theme this month was loosely related to all things Fredrich Engels as our fearless leader Susanne Sachsse has been on lockdown in Manchester, England performing in a piece on Engels by the Mancunian international artist Phil Collins aka: RePhil Collins.

Ms. Davis was treated to nice brunch at the Schwartzer Cafe on Kant Strasse in Wilmersdorf by journalista Phillip Meinert who is doing a book on queer punk rock. Phillip is quite the sweet, freshly scrubbed youthful looking writer.

He is 34 years old but could easily pass for 24. Part of the reason he looks so young is he doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol, and he isn’t straight edge either.

Love it!!!!

A lot of people in Berlin could take heed in avoiding embibing and nicotine which does contribute to a large portion of the population resembling Nosferatu the Vampyre a symphony of Horror. The Max Schreck version not the Klaus Kinski one.

Just saying . . .

Daniel Hendrickson the Jewish Muzlim and I accompanied tiny TNT Turkish stud muffin Dr. Zuelfukar Cetin to The Gorky Theater where he was the expert facilitator of a discusion after the premiere of Studio 9 play Kunst Der Flucht by Persian author and director Pedro Kadivar. The piece was part of The Gorky Theater’s Pugs in Love Queer Weekend Festival.

I love how The Gorky has cultivated an exciting young, diverse audience that is different from any of the other theater crowds in Berlin at the moment. Are you listening HAU?

It was really exciting being in the audience and experiencing first hand the ambiance at play at The Gorky. The play also had a young migrant cast of trans and gay Persian refugees who were quite spirited and electric.

Was invited to a very sweet breakfast meeting thanx to Dr. Eike Wittrock at the Akademie Der Kunste Cafe at Hansaplatz. The personable Dr. Wittrock is bringing me to his university at Hildesheim in The Fall which I am really excited about.
Received a very adoreable note from young Black American artist and scholar Diana Arce on her upcoming activities. Please read and catch Lady Diana in action as she is engaged in some really exciting work:

Upcoming Politaoke Shows in Berlin, Germany


July 14th Fincan Neukölln
July 27th Aquarium bei Südblock
August 24th Aquarium bei Südblock
September 21st Aquarium bei Südblock

Politaoke is back with some upcoming Berlin shows just in time for the German election. We're building an entirely new program of speeches, so if there's a speech you're just dying to deliver, feel free to submit it to the program here.

We're looking for artists, collectives and NGO partners who want to bring Politaoke to their communities. We have a small grant to train 1 lucky partner anywhere in the EU this year! If you're interested, let me know!

Artists Without a Cause

On March 31st, AWAC, Transgender Europe and the Room 4 Resistance crew celebrated Transgender Day of Visibility by adding trans, queer, and PoC artists and activists and their contributions to the ever expanding online lexicon with a second Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon.

AWAC also just finished up three articles for Berlin Art Link feature series #Activism. You can read a bit about what we have been up to, check out our interview with the Berlin Chapter of WHEREISANAMENDIETA and our thoughts about best practices for community art.
White Guilt Clean Up

WGCU has been off to a busy start this year with multiple projects and consultations. Most recently, WGCU we organized 4 events for Black Lives Matter Berlin Month this June. For our final event, we partnered up with Transgender Europe and AWAC and, thanks to everyone's generosity, donated 285 dollars to Miss Major Griffin-Gracy's retirement fund! We completed out consultations with Queer Zinefest Berlin and are writing an assessment for Schwuz.

Ealier this year, I spoke on the panel "What Can a Decolonised Dancefloor Do?" at CTM festival. Be sure to give it a listen! We've got plenty in the works and are excited to share some more upcoming projects soon!

I delivered my first ever keynote speech at OER17: The Politics of Openentitled "Reaching Other Audiences: Art For Social Change. It was an amazing experience and exciting to share with such a great group of educators! Check out the video of my speech.

I will also speak at the DEL (Digitally Engaged Learning) 2017 Conference in London coming up in September. I'll be speaking about my work and AWAC!

Thanks for Reading

Diana






Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ZWERG MIT STRAHLKRAFT



Zwerg mit Strahlkraft

Lady Ms. Davis housing in Los Angeles was supplied by the historic Biltmore Hotel at Pershing Square, the last place where the Black Dahlia was seen before her brutal murder in 1947. The grand hotel is a little shabby these days, and in much need of a makeover, but it still stands out in the crass sea of boutique hotels with their sleek homomoderne designed to death sensibility.

The Broad gave me five nights in the hotel, then I stayed at the gorgeous guest cottage of Hector San Martine and his lover Erikla Fierce in the Silverlake Hills of Edendale.  The cottage had a beautiful spaceous garden with commanding views.  Hector & Erikla used to own a tiny house on Maltman Avenue but they sold that this year.  Their new house has two cottages located underneath the main house.

Skot Armstrong and James Tallon of the celebrated art kollektiv Science Holiday and The Museum of Fun in Buena Park hosted a High Tea Party at the Biltmore for The Doll with a select guest list that included Ron Athey Jr with Divinity Fudge, Maggie Song of The Fibonaccis, Marnie Weber of The Party Boys, David Evan Frantz of the One Archive Institute and Erikla Fierce and Hector San Martin. Skot Armstrong is one of LA’s most gifted artists and is a contributing editor and columnist with Artillery Magazine, the art periodical published by my former LA Weekly colleage in the art department, the enigmatic Tulsa Kinney.

Ms. Davis’ trip to LA was brief, but jammed pack, including an appearance with curator Bradford Nordeen IV on the Steve Pride National Public Radio Program at KPFK 90.7.

Art photographer Hector San Martine and lifepartner Erikla Fierce surprised Ms. Davis with a welcoming and good riddance soiree at their spacious Silverlake Hills compound. Because it was such a last minute affair the guest list was tiny and included Ron Athey Jr., Jeffrey Hilbert and his hot husband Henry, novelist Lisa Teasley, neophyte performance artist and celestial beauty boy Elliot Reed, Nao Bustamente and companion Marcus Keilland Nazario, Andrew Gould, Dr. Jennifer Doyle, Johnson's Johnson and fiance Marisol, Oscar Pena the 22 year old Mexican/Jewish LA assistant to Vaginal Davis, Shari Frilot of Sundance Film Festival's New Frontiers Section, Glen Meadmore and Sheik Hassen Jameel the 29 year old middle eastern potentate who is not only an avid art collector but also a collector of famous, beautiful black women like Naomi Campbell and Rihanna. No doubt the horny sheik would like to add La Diva Davis to his harem.

Ms.Davis would like to publically thank all the wonderful people who took her out for breakfast, brunch, luncheon and dinner in Los Angeles. She didn’t want to go to any of the new trendy places but preferred dining at old guard establishments like Esmeraldi’s in the Biltmore courtesy of Dr. Prof Leon Hilton, The Pacific Dining Car(Mexican film producer Cesar Vega) Frere Taix French Restaurant in Echo Park(power litigation couple Marlou DeLuna and Hal Marenus)Langer’s Deli\ Bob’s Donuts in Farmers Market(Hector San Martin), AstroFamily(Michele “Meesh” Mills producer of the popular Rupaul Drag Race TV show, The Kitchen(Papa Ron Athey).

The insanely talented Craig Roose of the glam band Billy Wisdom, and TV chat show Decoupage starring Miss Summer Caprice took Ms. D to the infamous Tallyrand Restaurant and Tavern in Burbank where she ate the Huell Howser Special. The only new places she was treated to was Mas Malo Mexican Cantina that is located in a historic downtown LA building and Gus’ Soul Food Shack in Funkytown on Pico and Crenshaw next to the old Catch One Disco. Ms. Davis’ old pal Hector Martinez’ wonderful and gorgeous mother made Ms. Davis a homecooked Mexican feast at her cute house in South Gate an area of LA that seemed totally free of gentrificaciones.

Its funny how spotty the gentrification is in Los Angeles. Where all of Downtown, The Wilshire Corridor, and most of Hollywood has been corraled by it. There were parts of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd east of Vine Street to Vermont Avenue that looked as grimy as ever.







Tuesday, July 04, 2017

CASCADE PERPINDICULAR

Cascade Perpindicular

After five long years the return of the Vagimule Doll hatchet face to her birth city of Los Angeles was met with joy and rapture by one and all. Well not exactly everyone, as there was some noticeable exceptions of individuals who flung themselves from the top of the 2nd tallest building in Downtown LA, The Library Tower so as not to be anywhere near the 5 feet 2 inch towering maquette seductress.

The salty philanthropist Eli Broad's vanity museo The Broad flew the lady to the spotty gentrification capital of the westboast.

So sad that LA is filled with many unsightly, new cheaply made uppity downscale apartment buildings that after a year will savagely start to fall apart.  Everywhere else the poor are relegated to tent cities.

Curator Bradford Nordeen IV, of the Rock Hannisport Nordeen's and high pitched Truman Capote gay accent, and his rock steady crew delivered Warhol Icon inspired by Nico with performances by Jenny Hval, Tiny Vipers, Geneva Jacuzzi, a temporary contemporary installation by Nao Bustamante, Ms. Davis and goddess Kembra Pfahler and her Girls of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. A parade of over 2000 visitors wafted through the museum during the evenings festivities.

Absense does make the heart grow fonder as the place was packed to the rafter grafters with a lot of the old guard underground royalty the likesis of: Papa Ron Athey, Sheree Rose, Jeffrey Hilberg, Johanna Went, Craig Roose aka: Billy Wisdom, Carol Cetrone & Debby Spinelli, Mark Simon & his The Boyfriend Barbershop Sextette, Glen Meadmore with Barbara Young, Helen Bed O’Neill of Retail Slut with fellow former Afro Sisters Mark Maxwell, Bud Thomas of the One Archive, Alice Bag and hubby Jailbait Velasquez, Dora from Ventura, Hernan Perez, LA Times scribe Steve Appleford with “It Girl” Pandora Young, Michele “Hell” Carr, Carla Bozulich of The Geraldine Fibbers and her hot young Romanian husb, Howie Pyro of Danzig, Scott Ewalt, Michele “Meesh” Mills, Jane Cantillon with husband Dick and Oscar winning film editor Billy Rich.

Tyro academic Leon Hilton of the famous hotelier clan sent this list of those spotted in the SRO audience: Ethiopian/Irish actress Ruth Negga of the film Loving and AMC romperstomper Preacher, Ivan A. Ramos queer studies dept scholar of University of Maryland,  filmmaker Eliane Lima, Karen Tongson and Zakiyyah Iman Jackson of USC, Sarah Kessler, Joshua Takano Chambers of Northwestern University, ASCO archivist/curator Ondine Chavoya of Williams College,babyface LA artists Matthew Lax and Joshua Raines,Celeste Dupuy-Spencger  of the current Whitney Biennial with Sarah Johnson, Matt Savitsky, Benjamin Boatright, John Polly of World of Wonder, Jimmy Vogel, Nacho Nava, Jess Cuevas, Maya Bookbinder,John Tain of the Getty, Sarah Williams of LA Womens Center for Creative Work, Archie Nguyen of American Idol,Ben Johnson of Los Angeles Dept of Cultural Affairs,Joey Heinen of LACMA,Seth Bogart, Abdi Taslimi, Hannah Grossman, Justine Suzanne, Sam Courmier, Malisa Humphrey, Stacey Allan of East of Borneo, basketball stars Larry Nance Jr & Lonzo Ball and his younger brother LeMelo, Dr. Amelia Jones of USC, pretty Risa Needleman of Invisible-Exports Gallery the New York City commercial gallery that reps Ms. Davis, with a slew of collectors including Pamela Robinson and her hot husband, Dynasty Handbag, Marlou De Luna & Hal Marenus, Darin Kinoshita, Andrew Gould, Dean Litner, Kimberly Kim of North Korea, Rudy Bleu, Cesar Vega, Emi Fontana of West of Rome Public Art, Jefffrey Hilbert of the new hot Flagrant Magazine, Hernan Perez, power couple Erikla Fierce and Hector San Martine and Ms. Davis’ young juicy Jewish Mexican LA assistant Oscar Pena.
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Ms. Davis was also the guest of honor for Puce Moment Mt. Washington Hilltop Fundraiser for bi-coastal performative film event Dirty Looks. The beautiful shindig featured a musical performance by Julianna Barwick, MC-ing by Drew Droege as ex Charlie’s Angel Tanya Roberts and Michael Lucid as Latina TV presenter Damiana Garcia. The minimalist catering was provided by Andrew McKenzie and mixology by Kimberly Kim and Squeeky Blonde. Ms. Davis & Mr. Nordeen’s wardrobe was provided by the fine people at Oak Boutique on Beverly Blvd with expert styling by Jess Cuevas.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

AUF IN DEN KAMPF


Auf in den Kampf!


Rising Stars,Falling Stars-Sweet 16mm Never Been Kissed was a triumph Sungay with a lovely crowd of cosmopolitans descending on Wedding to bask in the light of La Vagimule Doll in the Kuppel Halle of silent green Kulturquartier.

Ms. Davis and Jewish Muzlim Daniel Hendrickson changed their regular format a bit to chittle chat inbetween screenings of short music films including two episodes of Beat Club from the late 1960s featuring performances by Manfred Mann, PP Arnold, Cat Stevens, The BeeGees, The Who, and Jimmy Hendrix. Also on hand were short music subjects with the likesis of the late great Debbie Reynolds and a bunch of mincing chorus boy faggots, Jane Morgan and legends legende Della Reece, a woman certainly touched by an angel.

The surprise of the evening was the No Controlles music video by Cholita, the Female Menudo with 13 year old Graciela Grejalva & Co.

In the audience joining Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, actress Susanne Sachsse and film historian Marcuse Siegelstein, 18 year Canuckian muscle teen sensation Shawn Mendes with his older beau British actor/comic Jack Whitehall the star of BBC’s hilarious version of Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, Yale Performance Studies Scholar Tavia N’yonga, the cousin of actress Lupita N’yonga with his gorgeous and vivacious younger sister Isis and handsome business partners Johan & Paul. Was great to see my former student Marc Arthur who is now the right hand man to RoseLee Goldberg of Performa. Marc and his lover will be leaving New York for two years to work in Ann Arbor Michigan, but Marc will still commute to Manhattan occasionally to fullfill his Performa duties.

So lovely seeing Afro German entrepreneur Clarisse Mehring and gal pal, sexy power couple Ruth Schoenegge and Miriam Japp, juicy Christoph Bovermann my former Giessen student who now has a great job with the European Film Academy, my other hot, brilliant former students Lea Schneiderman and her girlfriend Arnitra, vivacious Jasmina Metwaly of the Egyptian Mosireen Film Kollektiv who is in Berlin with a DAAD Fellowship, glamorous Trixie Schonherr the famed prima ballerina who was the focus of CHEAP Funk on Reboot FM the evening before on 88.4, Piero Bellomo, journalista Phillip Meinert who is doing a book on queer punk and wants to interview the diva, projectionist Anselm, Nadine of silent green and guardian of the gate Nadja.

Along with CHEAP kollektiv Fearless leader Susanne Sachsse the Vagimule Dollface was in Hamburg for the Theater of the World Festival at Kampnagel taking part in the DropDeadGorgeous installation that was part of Hannah Hurtzig’s „Die Stillgestellten oder: Salle Des Pas Perdus” in the Mobile Academy. I had a divine time working on Mobile Academy with the lovely and smart Ms. Hurtzig and her team of Herr, Marion, Frau Sarah Lewis, Frau Eva, Frau Dinkle and Frau Zaubel. Was so excited to meet the divine Christina Sharp of Tufts University. What a beautiful and sublime lady. Want to read her book “In the Wake: On Blackness and Being. Didn’t get to see her on stage as I was way to occupied in my section on the day Christina did her thing, but on the last day of Mobile Academy I was able to sneak away from my installation and hear the wonderfully regal Nana Adusei-Poku and punk academe Christiane Voss. Before leaving for Hamburg I had a very busy Saturday doing NYU Berlin Global Press Conference with CHEAP Kollektiv and in the very late evening being part of Saavy Contemporary’s Congress through the German Federation. I love the wonderful people at Saavy Contemporary that includes their fabulous leader Bonaventur Ndikung and Lema Sikod, Beya Othmani, Elena Agudio, Antonia Alampi, hunky Abhihishek Nilamber and Lynhan Balabat.

Those of you on the left coast please check out the latest exhibit by my Portland Oregon gallerist Amy Adams of Adams & Ollman.


I WAS A WALL, AND MY BREASTS WERE LIKE FORTRESS TOWERS
JUNE 9–JULY 8, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 9 FROM 6–8PM

MATH BASS
JULIE BENA
ELLEN LESPERANCE
SARAH PETERS
AMY PLEASANT
CHRISTINA RAMBERG
ANA ROLDAN
ALICE TIPPIT

Adams and Ollman is pleased to present "I Was A Wall, And My Breasts Were Like Fortress Towers," the first of our two-part summer exhibitions that features work by a range of artists that represents or references the body, in parts, as code, sign or symbol.

The exhibitions respond to the metaphors of "blason anatomique," a 16th century poetic device wherein the female body is dissected into fragments. In these anatomical love poems, eyes, breasts, lips, thighs are isolated and glorified; as various parts of a woman's body are desired, the whole is ordered, divided and subsequently, ruled.

Like the "blason anatomique," the artists included in these exhibitions often focus only on a fragment–a head, torso, or finger. However, in so doing, the artists do not objectify or catalogue, but rather construct a new monument or totem, one which reimagines the figure's erotic, surreal, contentious, and formidable potentialities. Using a combination of oppositional, defiant and hybrid forms and employing abstraction, among other devices, these artists approach the subject through the lens of history, language, design, science fiction, craft and architecture to take over the blason tradition and reclaim a space for the body, one that is contemporary, subjective and subversive.



Friday, June 09, 2017

Ich Bei Tag Und Du Bei Nacht


ICH BEI TAG UND DU BEI NACHT


This Sunday June 11th at 8pm Rising Stars, Falling Stars-Sweet 16mm Never Been Kissed returns to silent green Kulturquartier with a unique screening of Beat Club, the German music TV program from the 1960s and early 1970s. We will show two episodes featuring Cat Stevens, The BeeGee’s, The Who and Jimmy Hendrix plus some short music films in a kommentierte stylus just to give things a different bunghole whiff. Remember you smelt it you dealt it


Friday, May 26, 2017

RABAUKEN & RADAU

Rabauken & Radau
Jonathan Berger my gorgeous super smart and super talented child of high demand art has been so busy with a myriad of projects.  So happy his work  brought him to the far reaches of the known universe including pitstops in Europa.  Luckily I was in Berlin for a New York sekunda to attend a cocktail soiree in his honour given by La Susanne Sachsse at her East Berlin Compound.  The drinks were pure marvels of stiff mixology.  Thats right folks i got plastered. The foodstuff of the gathering was also divoon. The table featured Roger Moore styled Octopussy, Japanese spicy beef curtains, and a Rodan spring lentil salad-yummsis.
The "It" crowd in attendence included: Professor Christiane Voss, the great Hannah Hurtzig, lovely Nazl Klierci and her hot muscular new Serbian lover Mischa, Israeli artist Yael Bartana, Senol Senturk, Katja Sander, Marcuse Siegelstein, Daniel Hendrickson, the Jewish Muzlim, Richard Gabriel and a host of other notables too chic to mention in one undulating sitting.

Warning to Los Angeloids.  Vaginal Davis that infernal wanton creature will be returning to her birthcity soon.  Yes she is being brought back to do an intervention at the newest child on the museo block namely The Broad Museum which sits on Bunker Hill near the Disney Hall, Redcat and MOCA.
All the Camuuuu is for a summer happening that is curated by young Bradford Nordeen of Dirty Looks fame.  Other famed curatorials in the series are James Spooner of the Afro Punk Repository and our very own tattoo love god Ron Athey.
On a sad note the Ms. Vagimule dolls older sister Teresita Rayjandra doesn't seem long in this world so the two sibblings will get a chance to reunite for possibly the last time.  Sister Jehovah's Witness Teresa has lived in the same dingbat midcentury Hollywood flat since the mid 1970s.  Its located in the Armenian section of Hollywood on Ardmore near Santa Monica Blvd and Normandie.  The apartment building is the nicest on a block of ugly newish (the 90s) apartments and badly kept single family homes. The old owner of the building after his wife died turned late onset homosexual. Thats rights, as older tennants died off like Ms. Davis' mother Mary Magdelene in 2000 the owner rented only to sizzling hot young latino boys with a penchant for not wearing many clothes. Every time i would visit my mother or sister hanging around the kidney shaped pool were all these divine Bablyonian gorgons in various states of undress.  Twas pure beautiliciousness suprema.  The elderly owner eventually died and the new corporation that bought the building drained the pool and kicked out the juicy hombres as they never paid rent, being that they lived on a Cal grant of getting their golden pingas sucked in perpetuity.  Now my sisters building has gone all dullard now with new tenants paying over $2,500 for a one bedroom that my sister only pays $600 for.  She is lucky that they haven't tried to evict her as she is a hoarder with junk that fills the flat up to the ceiling.  I guess the new corporate owners are content to just wait her out until she dies.  My sister not only has lived in the apartment since the mid 70s she has also worked the same job for the County of LA's Housing Authority and Section Eight since 1975.
Other news of the Davista realm is that after Ms. Davis' sculpture pieces, acetate vinyl record texts and make-up paintings got snatched up by the Whitney Museum of Art last year after her solo show at Invisible-Exports Gallery.
In the Fall The New Museum will re-mount Come On Daughter Save Me borrowing all the pieces from the collectors for the exhibit.  Ms. Davis will at the same time be part of a two person exhibit at Invisible-Exports that has been given the working title of Cinema Chimera, and will also do a performance at the New Museum for all those not use to her just being a visual artist.
Speaking of mega visual art talents who also happend to be young gifted and black. Lets turn our attention to Mr. sexy and WoW!  Damien Davis who is no relation to Vaginal D. but is the grandson of Sammy Davis Jr and Altovise.  Here is the 514 on his proclititties:

June 16th to August 5th, 2017
METHOD GALLERY
106 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

Public Receptions: 1st Thursdays — July 6th & August 3rd, 5pm-9pm. Panel discussion at Northwest African American Museum Saturday, June 17th, 11am-1pm
Damien Davis is a Brooklyn-based artist. His practice explores historical representations of blackness by seeking to unpack the visual language of various cultures and question how these societies code/decode representations of race through design and digital modes of production.
In White Room, Davis will create a site specific installation that questions the notion of the gallery as a neutral space. Davis will create a custom, all white “jigsaw puzzle” made out of painted CNC routed plywood. Enmeshed within this puzzle will be an assortment of patterns and motifs typical of Davis’ visual vocabulary. In doing so he opens the conversation about literal and metaphorical representations of “whiteness” and, posits that there is no neutrality when looking at art.

Davis holds a B.F.A in Studio Art and an M.A in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. He is currently an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has exhibited widely throughout the US and in Japan and Italy. www.damiendavisstudio.com

This exhibition has been presented with generous support from Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Northwest African American Museum, and is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

As a cultural partner of the Seattle Art Fair, METHOD is pleased to participate in the fair’s 2017 Windermere VIP Program with an event on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Artist Damien Davis will give remarks and be on-hand to answer questions. Registration for this event will be open to Seattle Art Fair VIP cardholders in June.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bettler des Lebens

Bettler des Lebens

So sad hearing that Chris Cornell of the band Soundgarden died. I only had contact with him once at my Sunday afternoon punk rock beer bust and olde English t-dance/performance space Sucker at the Garage in Silverlake back in our first year of operation which was 1994. I shared a nice flirtation with him as he was relaxing in the Mitzi Gaynor Lounge in the back of the club. Earlier I was on stage introducing the British indie pop band Marine Research. As was my usual shtick I was playing with the rather large round rump of Marine Research’s young drummer who went by the name of DJ if my memory serves correctly. Please forgive me if I get some details wrong,this was the last century after all. Mr. Cornell and I spent some 15 minutes sitting next to each other and looking deeply into each others eyes. We hardly spoke. At one point he gave me a nice passionate kiss on the lips and we did another long butterfly kiss with our lashes. I remember thinking that he looked more Latino then what I imagined a Pacific Northwest white boy to look like. If anyone else who was there has a similar or different memory please let me know or feel free to correct any missinformation that you feel I have posted.
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Returned to Berlina from a horde of travels in time to catch a brilliantly warm sunny day with Spring temperatures almost hovering around 90F. Sorry I haven’t been forthcoming in announcing the various places I have been visiting,but because I have some aggressive stalkers I find it best to not let it out to the general public just where I happened to be at any given time.
Was delighted to catch the famous academic Amelia Jones give a sterling lecture at the Mediality Couples Congress at the Institute of Theater Studies at the Friei Universitaet Berlin. Darling prolific Ms. Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design as well as Vice Dean of Critical Studies at the Roski School of Art at the University of Southern California. Amelia presented on the Relation Works of Ulay: Performativity from Intimacy to Antagonism to be exact.
Also speaking was plan b’s innegmatic Sophia New and Dan Belasco, who I didn’t realize have been working on a GPS art project for over a decade, and the personable Lisa Newman who I was finally able to meet in the flesh after she conducted some emug interviews with me and Del Grace Volcano a few years back. In the audience was artist Richard Hancock who I hardly recognize anymore now that he’s removed those long dreadlocks he use to sport.
A few days ago I got to meet the muy sampatico British gallerist Dan Gunn. We got on quite famously like twin daughters from different mothers. Dan is a loveable hoot and goodtime Charlie who reminds me of artist Phil Collins. Something tells me Dan I will become topflight BFF’s.
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Received this cute note from the wonderfully talented Beth Stephens who along with her life partner Miss Annie Sprinkle are the world’s leading ecco sexualogists.
I don’t have internet access so I am not always able to post things on a timely basis so sorry if the dates of the event have passed. I am sure you can look Beth and Annie up on the internet to get on their mailing list to be more on top of their marvelous daring do’s.

E.A.R.T.H. Lab Presents!
The 
E.A.R.T.H. Lab is producing Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium, and it’s happening soon! Thursday, May 18th & Friday, May 19th. We want to know… What happens when we posit the Earth as our lover? Where do our “bodies” end and begin? What is the potential of “ecosex”? Join us in exploring our relationships with the environment and social justice, fostering human/non-human collaboration, and promoting critique and debate of new ideologies and a new sexual identity concept.

Earth Lab director and artist Beth Stephens and host artist Annie Sprinkle, will be joined by many other Earth-lovers! Donna Haraway: 
Story Telling for Earthly Survival, a new film, will have its first U.S. sneak preview showing with discussion between UCSC Professor Emerita Donna Haraway and filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova. Decolonizing Settler Sexuality will be the first keynote with Professor Kim TallBear from University of Alberta. The second day’s keynote is Love and Struggle: Grounding Against Environmental Fatalism with respected eco-feminist professor from University of Georgia, Chris Cuomo with respondent, UCSC history of art and visual culture professor, T.J. Demos.

Presenters are coming from five countries, to share a wide array of titillating and provocative topics, including: 
Academic Freedom in a Ecosexphobic WorldUnsettling Our Earthly Pleasures Eco-burlesque Water Tassels; and Bees, Bathhouses & Beyond! Finally, community members (that’s you!) are invited to participate in a two-hour open mic session followed by some great performance art.

Events will be held at the 
Digital Arts Research Center, DARC 108, on the UCSC campus. The event runs from Thursday, May 18, from 10am-10pm, and Friday, May 19th, 10am-11pm. Did we mention the symposium is free? To check out the full schedule, the panels and panelists, performers and keynote speakers, click here.

A NEW BOOK—LAUNCH AND READING AT PURE PLEASURE

Bask in the symposium afterglow the morning after, on Saturday, May 20th at noon. 
Pure Pleasure  in Santa Cruz, will host a book launch and a community reading of The Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm— For Every Body, written by E.A.R.T.H. Lab director, Beth Stephens and director of research, Annie Sprinkle. This book is an illustrated eco-inspired guide to the universe of orgasms. Find the book ahead of time on Amazon or at As You Like It Boutique, or pick it up at the reading and get it signed by the Orgasmanauts themselves!

SLOW DANCING WITH HORSES

There is also a pre-conference event,
 Slow Dancing with an Other–Kevin O’Connor, Lori Halliday and horses. A collaboration between horses and humans at dusk on the Horse & Heart ranch, 5017 Ironwood Dr. Soquel, CA. The Facebook page for the event is here. Purchase tickets here.
Students $10, Regular admission $20

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Below is info on a very interesting tome from an academic acquaintance I met while teaching or performing in Austria a few years back:



Dear friends and colleagues,

hereby I would like to inform you about my new publication with my kindest regards:

Yvonne P. Doderer (2016) Shining Cities. Gender Relations and Other Issues in Urban Development of the Twenty-First Century.
Translated by Dawn d’Atri, 321 pages, 196 images, ISBN 978-3-00-055018-8, www.shiningcities.net.
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To offer this analysis for a wider public, you can download a PDF under the terms and conditions of the Digital Peer 
Publishing Licence (DPPL) at: www.shiningcities.net ;
Please feel free to distribute this possibility widely to whom you think might be interested! Thank you!
(But you can order a printed version as well:)
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Description
In the twenty-first century, the majority of people are living in cities—at least this is the credo communicated frequently. This statement has been strengthened by the “urban renaissance” that dawned at the beginning of the twenty-first century and by globally evident increase in capital investment in urban-development projects. Such planning endeavors are conveyed to the public, the political sphere, and the media with the help of Internet platforms. The visualizations and descriptions found on such project websites are associated with promises of modernization, appeal, and economic growth—in short, with a better life.
In this publication, images and texts from 12 projects planned for Europe, Africa, and Asia are surveyed critically: What do they “tell” about future life in these new urban districts? Who will live and work in these cities? Which forms of living and lifestyles are propagated? And most importantly: How do these designs relate to actual urban reality, including that of the inhabitants to whom the projects are addressed?

Written in a comprehensible way, supplemented by illustrations and photographs, this in-depth analysis sensitizes the reader to the interconnections between urban-space production and societal (gender) relations.
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There is also a German version available: Yvonne P. Doderer (2016) Glänzende Städte. Geschlechter- und andere Verhältnisse in Stadtentwürfen für das 21. Jahrhundert. München: edition Metzel / Verlag Silke Schreiber. ISBN 978-3-88960-161-2. http://editionmetzel.de/