Community Action Center

A.K. Burns, A. L. Steiner

2010 | 01:09:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | DV video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Body, Feminism, Gender, LGBTQ, Sexuality, Transgender

Community Action Center is a 69-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 gallery to exer/exorcise the mystical and discreet lost spaces of homosocial configuration, the artists have created a reason and a space to reflect on the cultural realness of homo-grown lesbian sexuality. The work aims to be a hedonistic and distinctly political adventure.

Exhibition and Screening Terms: This work must be projected, or presented on a large screen. No monitor displays permitted.

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Taxter & Spengemann Gallery
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, 2012

"Modern Mondays", MoMA NY, 2012

TATE Modern, London, UK, 2011

Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011

Kampnagel Theater, Hamburg, Germany, 2011

Frameline 35, Roxie Theater, San Francisco, CA, 2011

Outfest 2011, REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles, CA, 2011

Girls LIke Us (GLU), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2011

Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden, 2011

GAZE Festival, Dublin, Ireland, 2011

Perverse/Cite, Montreal, Canada, 2011

Pleasuredome, in conjunction with Feminist Art Gallery (FAG), Toronto, Canada, 2011

El Lugar Sin Limites, Quito, Ecuador, 2011

Queer Lisboa 15, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011

Paris Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Paris, France, 2011

MIX Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011

MIXNYC 24: New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York, NY, 2011

Reeling 30: Chicago Lesbian & Gay International film festival, Chicago, IL, 2011

Cooper Union, New York, NY, 2011

“Centre for Sexual Dissidence”, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 2011

“Queer Strategies,” Yale University, Hartford, CT, 2011

Weis Cinema, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2011

REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2011

The Center (The LGBT Community Center), New York, NY, 2011


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