Performance artists Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens are movers and shakers in the Ecosex movement, a collective committed to making environmentalism more sexy, fun, and diverse. The duo are the founders of E.A.R.T.H. Lab, a research center of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz, and recently organized Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium that was held at the Santa Cruz campus on May 18 and 19.
The symposium featured panels, music, film, and performance art that sought to explore how environmentalism intersects with race, class, sexuality, and social justice. In a panel entitled “Academic Freedom In An Ecosexphobic World," Kim Russo, associate provost for academic administration at Otis College of Art and Design, spoke from the perspective of both an artist and an arts education administrator. The two-day event aimed to stimulate discussion and discover new ways of working by encouraging cross-pollination between artists, philosophers, critics, sexologists, scientists, students, and activists.
During the event, Russo launched her new podcast and website, SPILL, a series of revealing conversations about and within the contemporary art world. In the inaugural conversation, Bad Press, Russo sits down with Sprinkle and Stephens and delves deeper into the conversation on experimental and environmental art, the challenges facing educators and artists pioneering this movement, and offers a more personal look at an often misrepresented practice.
Learn more and listen to the episode at www.listentospill.org.
Image: Kim Russo, second from left, on a panel at the Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium. Photo courtesy of Kim Russo.