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Assuming the Ecosexual Position

Assuming the Ecosexual Position

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle

1 November 2021 - 16 January 2022

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle are presenting a series of digital collages Assuming the Ecosexual Position for this year’s Wired Women festival which coincides with COP26. What’s sexy about saving the planet? Funny you should ask. Because that is precisely what Beth and Annie have spent many years bringing to light in their lived art, taking the Earth as our lover and making our mutual pleasure an embodied expression of passion for the environment. 

Ever since, they have been not just pushing but obliterating the boundaries circumscribing biology and ecology, creating ecosexual art in our performance of environmentalism that is feminist, queer, sensual, sexual, post-human, materialist, and steeped in humour and love. 

 About the Artists 

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have created multi-media art projects about love, sex, and queer ecologies together since 2002. Annie was a sex worker from 1973 to 1995 and morphed into a feminist performance artist and sex educator. In 1994, Beth became a professor of sculpture and intermedia at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she still teaches and directs the E.A.R.T.H. Lab. These days the duo make environmental films with an ecosexual gaze; they also create theatre, performance art, eco-activism, and produce symposiums and workshops. 

Their Wedding to the Earth and the Ecosex Manifesto launched the Ecosex Movement in 2008. Notably, they were official documenta 14 artists, received a 2019 Eureka Fellowship, and a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. Their new book, Assuming the Ecosexual Position—the Earth as Lover, available at the University of Minnesota Press, chronicles their epic love story and art/life adventures.

Part of NEoN Digital Arts Festival 2021.

For more information visit neondigitalarts.com/programme/2021