This Is Not A Porno . . . Or Is It?: ‘Community Action Center’ At The Warhol

During an interview with DIS Magazine, artists A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner said, “Sex should be a process of creativity and invention. We believe that queer sex and feminist agency is a shared acknowledgment of reciprocal penetration—physically, psychologically. The universe wants us to play.” That sense of play comes through in their film installation Community Action Center, a  69-minute sociosexual video that incorporates the erotics of a community and explores – among other things – feminist fashion, sexual aesthetics and an expansive view of what is defined as sex.

On July 27th, the work comes to The Warhol as part of the museum’s film and video exhibitions. Described as a “hedonistic and distinctly political adventure,” it uses the gallery to exer/exorcise the mystical and discreet lost spaces of homosocial configuration, where the artists create a reason and a space to reflect on the cultural realness of homo-grown lesbian sexuality.

The project was heavily inspired by porn-romance-liberation films, which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes and body politics of a particular time and place. 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. 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 by Chicks on Speed, Effi Briest, Electrelane, Chateau featuring K8 Hardy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Light Asylum, MEN, Motherland, NGUZUNGUZU, I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laska), Kinski and Thee Majesty (Genesis P-Orridge), and featuring original compositions by Justin Bond, Nick Hallett & Sam Greenleaf Miller, Ashland Mines & Wu Tsang, Sergei Tcherepnin and Tri-State Area with AV Linton. 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.

Community Action Center opens at The Warhol on July 27th at 8 p.m. Artists Burns and Steiner will also be there  in person to discuss the work and answer questions. Tickets are $15.

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