Community Action Center and Beyond - Two days of sociosexual affinity

With A.L. Steiner & A.K. Burns (New York), Barbara Hammer (New York), Malin Arnell (Berlin/Stockholm) and Marit Östberg (Berlin/Stockholm)

Pannrummet [The Boiler Room) at Konsthall C, Cigarrvägen 16, Hökarängen, Stockholm

8th of June, 2011 4pm. – 7pm + 7pm. – 9pm.
9th of June, 2011 7pm. – 12pm.

Free entrance and bar both evenings!

This event is a RSVP-event only. Please send your full names to rsvp@hogkvarteret.se, 3 pm at the latest on the same day that you are attending, or attend here at the facebookevent.

Community Action Center and Beyond - Two days of sociosexual affinity
brings together a selection of socio-sexual films & videos by the artists A.K. Burns, A.L. Steiner, Barbara Hammer, Malin Arnell and Marit Östberg. The films and works presented celebrate desire and redefine notions of queer sexuality and the lesbian body.

Presenting a multigenerational overview of representation, this two-day event will focus on contemporary artistic practices which incorporate avant-garde visions of sexuality and the erotic; dissecting the trope of pornography itself.

Community Action Center and Beyond
is a curatorial collaboration between Malin Arnell, Anna Linder and Hanna Wildow, presented by Högkvarteret at Konsthall C.

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PROGRAM

# Wednesday, 8th of June

4pm. – 7pm. Workshop: The Lesbian Body and Queer Sexualities – Artistic and Pornographic Practices with Marit Östberg and Malin Arnell.

7.30 pm Film screenings: Barbara Hammer (New York), Malin Arnell (Berlin/Stockholm) and Marit Östberg (Berlin/Stockholm)

# Thursday, 9th of June

7 pm. Doors open with DJ-duo Elin Magnusson & Lollo Bjerkert

7.30 pm. Film screening: Community Action Center, 2010, 69 min, AK Burns & AL Steiner (New York)

9 pm. Artist conversation with A.K. Burns, A.L. Steiner and Marit Östberg

10 pm. Live: Kutterfugel

10.30 pm. DJ-duo Elin Magnusson & Lollo Bjerkert

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# Wednesday, 8th of June

4pm. – 7pm. Workshop: The Lesbian Body and Queer Sexualities – Artistic and Pornographic Practices with Marit Östberg and Malin Arnell.

Lately, more and more transnational feminists around the world have been producing and re-producing pornographic pictures and sex positive aesthetics. Artists and filmmakers are using their own and others' bodies to present and fashion nakedness, sexualities and sexual practices. In the workshop The Lesbian Body and Queer Sexualities – Artistic and Pornographic Practices, we will discuss historical and contemporary images of female, lesbian and queer bodies. How is perversion being used as a tool within the feminist struggle? And what kind of effects do these translocations of borders, practices, positions and identities aim for and result in? Marit Östberg and Malin Arnell will guide you through depraved minds and debauching practices within the field of contemporary art, film and pornography.

The number of participants in the workshop is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up by sending an email to mail@malinarnell.org

7.30 pm Film screenings: Barbara Hammer (New York), Malin Arnell (Berlin/Stockholm) and Marit Östberg (Berlin/Stockholm)

The film screenings are open to everyone. Rsvp your names to rsvp@hogkvarteret.se before 3 pm on the same day, or attend here at the facebook event.

Sporing Lips of Transposed Desire, 2011, 3:30 minutes, Malin Arnell and Pablo Zuleta Zahr

Dyketactics, 1974, 4 minutes, Barbara Hammer
The first lesbian lovemaking film made by a lesbian, Dyketactics reveals Hammer’s aesthetic connecting sight and touch. 110 images in 4 minutes make this film a “lesbian commercial”. Touch precedes sight ontologically in lesbian perception according to Hammer.

Menses, 1974, 4 minutes, Barbara Hammer
A wry comedy on the disagreeable aspects of menstruation where women act out their own dramas on a California hillside, in a supermarket and in a red-filtered ritual of mutual bonding. Menses combines both the imagery and the politics of menstruation into a fine blend of comedy and drama.

Superdyke, 1975, 20 minutes, Barbara Hammer
A comedy about a troop of shield-bearing Amazons who take over city institutions before relaxing in the country. "Superdyke takes women into the streets when Barbara arms of a platoon of vagina warriors with Amazon shields in an attempt to overthrow San Francisco. They march through City Hall, usurp the bus lines, demythologiz the consumer mentality at Macy's (to the recorded astonishment of casual shoppers), and wander through the erotic art museum. Barbara's frenetic handheld lens catches the startled reactions and the glee of the participants. Superdyke has a home-movie quality to it, but its committed and loose moments in the playground confirm its comic rationale.”

Multiple Orgasm, 1976, 6 minutes, Barbara Hammer
A hand plays with a vagina as the same scene drifts over a sea of erotic rock formations.

Women I Love, 1976, 22 minutes, Barbara Hammer
A lyrical portrayal of the personal, intimate moments in Barbara's life, using rituals to formalize content. At other times, it is a simple delighting in the play of color and emotions that spill over the bodies of women loving women.

Share, 2010, 16 minutes, Marit Östberg (N.B. Swedish premiere)
She’s longing for her lover. Pictures come to her mind. She sees her lover and her lover’s lover; she wants to be where they are. She walks out of her dream, she walks out of her apartment. She knows where they are, she has the key. Share is a beautiful fairy tale and a queer reality.

# Thursday, 9th of June

7 pm. Doors open with DJ-duo Elin Magnusson & Lollo Bjerkert

To compose the night, we invited the artist Elin Magnusson who invited Lollo Bjerkert. Together, they constitute the world premiering DJ-duo Magnusson & Bjerkert, who play music for the people.

7.30 pm. Film screening: Community Action Center, 2010, 69 min, AK Burns & AL Steiner (New York)

Community Action Center is a 69-minute sociosexual video by A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner which incorporates the erotic of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project was heavily inspired by 1970’s porn-romance-liberation films, which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes and the body politic of a particular time and place. Community Action Center is a unique contemporary womyn-centric composition that serves as both an ode and a gap-filler. Sex, sexuality and the complexities of gendered bodies are inherently political. This project is a small archive of an intergenerational community built on collaboration, friendship, sex and art. The work attempts to explore a consideration of feminist fashion, sexual aesthetics and an expansive view of what is defined as ‘sex’. Burns and Steiner worked with artists and performers who created infinitely complex gender and performance roles that are both real and fantastical. This was set to a soundtrack of music culled from the worldwide sisterhood: Chicks on Speed, Effi Briest, Electrelane, K8 Hardy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Light Asylum, MEN, Motherland, NGUZUNGUZU, I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laska), Kinski and Thee Majesty (Genesis P-Orridge), and featuring original compositions by Justin Bond, Nick Hallett & Sam Greenleaf Miller, Ashland Mines & Wu Tsang, Sergei Tcherepnin and Tri-State Area. The video seeks to expose and reformulate paradigms that are typical of porn typologies, intentionally exploiting tropes for their comical value, critical consideration and historical homage. The artists have created a reason to reflect on the cultural realness of homo-grown lesbian sexuality. The work aims to be a hedonistic and distinctly political adventure.

9 pm. Artist conversation with A.K. Burns, A.L. Steiner and Marit Östberg

Meet the makers of Community Action Center, who are visiting Stockholm and Konsthall C for one night only. Together with Marit Östberg, freelance journalist and filmmaker, they will discuss the theme and history of queer and feminist pornographic art in general, and in particular, their work within the three year long project Community Action Center. . Whose footsteps are Burns, Steiner and the other participating artists within Community Action Center walking in when they are raising the sex positive gonfalon? Who are they replying, objecting, interrupting, developing and agreeing with? And how can we relate the project of Community Action Center to queer feminist porn, mainstream porn and gay porn?

10 pm. Live: Kutterfugel

Kutterfugel is the electronic solo project of Anna Giertz. A recollection of marching tunes is being filtrated through memories of top lists, anxiety of small towns, Septrention, croplands of stone, and longing. Through electronic dreams grows a landscape of sounds, where new rhetoric can occupy space.

10.30 pm. DJ-duo Elin Magnusson & Lollo Bjerkert

Elin Magnusson & Lollo Bjerkert will have us dance the night away

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With support of Stockholm City Council's Culture Committee (Stockholms Stads Kulturförvaltning), Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet) and the Workers' Educational Association (ABF), Stockholm.

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