I had a very busy end of summer pulling together the giant annual fundraiser Witch Rave successfully after a dramatic and spooky lightning storm! This year’s event was co-organized with best friends and artists: Alex Tsoli, Jean P’ark, Orion Twinkle and Winnie SuperHova. Together, with the community, we again miraculously raised thousands of euros to provide an opportunity for many talented artists to participate in Murmurs. Deep thanks to the almost 1,000 people who came out to support this fundraiser. Murmurs was the first queer sound art residency in the world. Including the organizers and BetOnest director Yoav Adamoni, there were thirty one of us who filled the art hotel for ten days! Murmurs was the largest event ever in the space, and ColorBlock joined us for a big party- making it the funnest party of 2018 at the new residency space.
The amazing artists who participated in the residency were:
- Pêdra Costa
- Ze Royale
- Henry Wilde
- NeoNeoneo Hülcker
- Hannah Levin
- Lyd AD.
- Zinzi Buchanan aka Zi Ro Buch
- Lady Gaby
- Mikatsiu Høres
- Lori Elisabeth
- Luiza Moraes
- Johnny Forever
- Miriam Schickler
- Vincent aka Consumer-Refund
- Aisha Sasha John
- Lydia Miligkou
- Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou
- Maa Yaa
- Alex Alvina Chamberland
- Caitlin Fischer
- Sherry Ostpovitch
- Vera Hofmann
- Sophie W. Pagliai
Here are some photos from the beautiful Murmurs residency:
—————————————————————————————————————————————–Two weeks later my partner Ryan Backer and I took the train to Amsterdam, and biked around a lot in all sorts of weather. We went to the Art Deco Sauna to warm up and relax, which was incredible! Then I curated Genderclear at Transcreen.
This is one of my favourite bills of my life. It was helped along by friends Angel Ka, Anna Helme, Nabeela Vega, Raven Davis, Russell Louder, and Ryan.
Video artists on the bill: Jespa Jacob Smith, Justin Shoulder & Bhenji Ra, SATURN, Mitch Mitchell, Erum Khan, Anakin Tora, JJ Levine, Brettley Kai, and Wyatt Riot, Namita Aavriti, Thirza Cuthand, Buzz Slutsky, Kinga and Winnie Superhova, Max Rocha, Kübra Varol, Isaiah Lawrence, Lene Ricarda Vollhardt and Luce Delire and HYENAZ
After this trip, the next weekend Ryan and I had an ecosexual commitment ceremony/ ritual in the light rain in a forest which led by my wyfe, performance artist, and porn star Sadie Lune. This event took place at Quecke, with 20 of our closest Berlin friends in attendance, and included a giant feast. Gorgeous photos were a wedding gift from Jo Pollox.
—————————————————————————————————————————————–While gardening at the Tauenblau estate in October, I got to spend time back at BetOnest with some great artists from New York, Glasgow, Montreal, and Philly who I have had the joy to work with before: Hannah Levin, Ben Owens, Nash Glynn, Stephanie Creaghan and Evie Snax! Also, I got to meet and listen to inspiring stories from Yoshiko Chuma for the first time.
I worked at the Berlin Porn Film Festival in October, 10 hours a day, running the Spektrum Venue again with Alex Tsoli for almost a week. There I curated the last of the Berlin Series of 2017, called FEAST, on loop in the lobby of the Spektrum – art science community. Many of the artists were here for the festival Theo Meow, Candy Flip, Lori Elisabeth, Cybee Bloss and AORTA films, which was exciting.
An experimental short film curation on loop
Coral serves up the best in food porn mixed in with a sprinkling of high art for you to devour. These hedonistic video artists gorge on fruit, picnics, bodies, hot dogs, cakes, candy, and last but not least gallons of milk. Get some food to go and come sit at the Spektrum to spend some quality time chewing and swallowing these beautiful and visceral videos in between screenings. Headphones will be provided for this sumptuous overindulgence. A generous helping of thanks to Zachary Hutchinson, Cybee Bloss, Anna Luisa Petrisko, Nabeela Vega and Ryan Backer for ideas and support with this curation. This delicious experience is free of charge!
Kailey Bryan and Pepa Chan
Asaf AharonsonYoshie Sakai
Star Kim (aka Cho Mihee, aka Kimura Byol, aka Nathalie Lemoine)
Jacqueline Mary and Violette Dentata
Sarah Hill and Hayley Morgenstern
My performance work Guardian was in a book called Desire Change and also in a talk. Photo by Lisa Graves. This image was taken at a contemporary art lecture at Concordia University in Montreal by Heather Davis. photo Christeen Francis.
In recent news Future Visions is in the Queer Arts Festival this June! And we are looking for new submissions, if you or someone you know would like to make a one minute future prediction on video and upload it to Vimeo or Youtube. Future Visions was featured in The Wrong (biennale) in the Pavilions section up until January 31st, 2018 at the Venice Bienale
Here is my newest submission call for this year’s five brand new video and performance art curations. Please check out the fb event here. I am curating with and alongside wonderful organizations and people again this year!
Over the holidays I paid all the artists from last year who screened in the Berlin Series I curated – 115 international video artists! I have transferred all the grant money out to these talented individuals. Thank you for being part of this epic project, and to the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa for this amazing funding for all of us.
For my relaxed New Year’s Resolution I will be creating a video performance series with trees and plants whenever I can. I wish to take some sacred time to be more still and intimate in and with nature. Follow me on instagram to enjoy this video series shot by myself and close friends. I am going back to my performance art roots to build on ecosexual and earth-art projects that I created in the United States between 2011-2015.
In January this year I had the incredible opportunity to dance in Isabel Margarita Lewis’s interactive choreography at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin for Into Worlds-The Craft of Blurring Boundaries, a huge immersive arts conference.
Find out more about our post Valentine’s Day performance art fundraiser February 16th
for the Hibernate Residency here
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