Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens’ Green Wedding to the Earth in 2008 launched what the artists now consider to be their life’s work. It was there that they began using the concept of ‘ecosexuality’ to frame their art, theory, practice and activism, which is premised upon the idea of imagining the earth as a multi-gendered lover. Through their ecosexual performances, lectures, walking tours, workshops, visual art, symposia, manifesto, films and other creative projects, Sprinkle and Stephens posit a radical relationship with environmentalism that is non-hetero-normative, and non-human centered. This week of events will be a call for queer communities, environmental activists, edgy artists, sex radicals, and others to come together and to challenge our ideas of what human sexuality and environmental activism can be.
Beth Stephens is a filmmaker, performance artist, activist, and
Professor and Chair of the Art Department at the University of California
at Santa Cruz whose work fuses feminist, queer, and environmental politics.
Annie Sprinkle is an artist, sexologist, author, lecturer and educator,
as well as having been a director and performer in the adult film industry
and a professional photographer.
Schedule of Events
The Explorer's Guide to Planet Orgasm
— Book reading and signing
Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30pm
The Travelling Tickle Trunk (9923 82 Avenue)
With performative readings by the authors, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, and their Sexy Orgasmanaut Friends.
Assuming the Ecosexual Position
— 5th annual Valentine's Day with Feminism
Wednesday, February 14th at 5:15pm
U of A Faculty Club: Winspear Room (11435 Saskatchewan Drive)
An artists’ talk with Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle in which they discuss their sixteen-years of collaborative art and activism.
Water Makes Us Wet: An Ecosexual Adventure
— Film screening (80 mins)
Friday, February 16th at 4:00pm
U of A Humanities Centre Lecture Theatre 1
Explore the pleasures and politics of water while on a California road trip that climaxes in a shocking event reaffirming the power of the Earth. The screening will be followed by a talk-back session with the artists, facilitated by Drs. Kim TallBear, Chloë Taylor, and Natalie Loveless.
Thanks to our sponsors the Killam Distinguished Visitors Fund, the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, The Travelling Tickle Trunk, Just Powers, CoLAB, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the U of A Department of Art & Design, the U of A Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, and the U of A Department of Women's and Gender Studies.