VCU Departments of Sculpture + Extended Media, Gender, Sexuality + Women’s Studies and Photography + Film co-present:
COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER
a sociosexual video by A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2pm
The Byrd Theatre / 2908 W Cary St Richmond, VA 23221
**It’s FREE! And post screening conversation with A.K. Burns & Liz Canield**
Community Action Center is a 70 minute sociosexual video by A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner which incorporates the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project was heavily inspired by porn-romance-liberation films, such as works by Fred Halsted, Jack Smith, James Bidgood, Joe Gage and Wakefield Poole, 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 hole-filler.
Because the video contains sexually explicit content, the term ‘porn’ is relevant and the artists have an interest in exploring the trappings of the term itself. Sex, sexuality and the complexities of gendered bodies are inherently political. Queer sex and feminist agency is a shared acknowledgment of reciprocal penetration. 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, set to a soundtrack of music and original compositions by artists culled from the worldwide sisterhood. 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. Using the communal environment of screenings to exercise the mystical and discreet lost spaces of homo-social configuration, the artists have created a reason and a space to reflect on the cultural realness of homegrown queer sexuality. The work aims to be a hedonistic and distinctly political adventure.