UC Davis PERFORMANCE STUDIES GRADUATE GROUP SYMPOSIUM 2022
Art Annex, Room 107
This is a free, in-person event, with Zoom access.
10-11:30 AM Participatory workshop with special guest, Petra Kuppers
“Embodied Practice: Sensory Entanglements,” co-hosted by the Department of English at UC Davis.
Kuppers (she/her) is a disability culture activist, a writer, and a community performance artist, and the Anita Gonzalez Collegiate Professor in Performance Studies and Disability Culture at the University of Michigan. She uses ecosomatics, performance, and speculative writing to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures. Her most recent study, Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters (University of Minnesota Press, 2022, open access), explores disability culture perspectives on moving in diverse worlds.
11:30-12:30 PM Lunch provided.
12:30 – 3:10 PFS Student Panel Presentations
Panel I: Erika Tsimbrovsky, “Asemic #2”
Gino Robair Forlin, “Gamifying the Choreography of Letterpress Printing”
Panel 2: Avital Meshi, “The New Vitruvian” Maurice Moore, “New Queer Cinema Aka Dat Nu Nu Quare Cinema!” 3 Snaps!
PANEL 3 (via Zoom): Isa Leal, “Crystal Balling”
Karola Lüttringhaus, “Tracing Gesture”
PANEL 4: Sarah Ashford Hart, “Moving-with Anastasis Corporal”
Aramo Olaya, “The Queer Touch”
3:30 PM Closing presentation: “Assuming the Ecosexual Position” with special guests, Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle
Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have been creating multi-media art projects about love, sex, and queerness together for 20 years. Annie was a sex worker from 1973 to 1995, and morphed into a feminist performance artist and sex educator. Beth was a sculptor and installation artist and became a University art professor. She’s taught at University of California Santa Cruz for 27 years. These days the duo make environmental films through an ecosexual gaze, they produce symposiums, do theater and performance artivism. Their Ecosex Manifesto launched the Ecosex Movement. They are making a new film about fire for which they got a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2021. A new book, Assuming the Ecosexual Position—the Earth as Lover (University of Minnesota Press) chronicles their epic love story and art/life adventures.
For in-person attendees, April 23 is Picnic Day 2022 at UC Davis. Please allow yourselves ample time to arrive on campus and to find parking. Better yet, walk or ride your bike.