Date: Wednesday December 5, 2012
Location: 925 Mission St. #109, San Francisco, CA 94103
Price: $5-$15/sliding scale
CLEVER is a new queer think tank started by media artist Cheryl Dunye that is engaged in media based activities committed to social transformation. CLEVER is a site where academic debate meets up with political activism and artistic/cultural practices, and where different forms of knowledge production and articulation form productive coalitions. Invited panelists including Annie Sprinkle (Ecosexual artist/activist), Jiz Lee (performer, artist, activist), Shine Louise Houston (CrashPad, Pink and White Productions) and Alex Austin (Founder and Owner of Austin Law Group) will explore image ownership and marketplace regulation in a discussion of whether or not porn can be covered by copyright.
Alex Austin is the owner and founder of the Austin Law Group. Alex’s practice is focused on the arts and media communities with a specialization in adult entertainment. Alex is on the referral panels of California Lawyers for the Arts, Kink Aware Professionals and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. www.austinlawgroup.com
Cheryl Dunye has received numerous national and international honors for her work in the media arts. Dunye wrote, directed and starred in the first African American lesbian feature film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN. She is the founder of CLEVER: a new Bay Area queer think tank engaged in media based activities committed to social transformation. She is also an associate professor at California College of the arts.
Jiz Lee is a genderqueer porn performer and advocate of ethical erotic works from all angles. With a background in arts management, Jiz also runs the philanthropic Karma Pervs project and blogs about sex, love, and art at JizLee.com.
Shine Louise Houston is the founder of Pink and White Productions which produces adult queer entertainment and the creator of PinkLabel, the online digital distribution channel for emerging and independent adult filmmakers.
Annie Sprinkle is a multi media artist who has toured her own theater pieces since 1989, performing at many wonderful theaters, museums and galleries in 21 countries. One of the pivotal players in the 80’s “sex positive feminist movement,” her film, The Sluts & Goddesses Video Workshop Or How to Be A Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps, is a women’s sex film classic. Over the past 40 years, she’s been involved in many documentary feature films (History Channel, Lifetime), TV shows (such as four HBO Real Sex segments), appeared in half a dozen B movies, and 100+ x-rated features in the 70’s and 80’s. Currently she is co-director (with her partner Elizabeth Stephens) of a new non profit org, Fecund Arts. Anniesprinkle.org, sexecology.org
Image: The Bosom Ballet by Annie SprinklePosted on November 16, 2012