Currently in Process:
Rehearsals + Research beginning 2017
Projected Premiere 2018 (Film)
+ 2019 (Live Performance)
Residency at Snug Harbor, June 2017
Project Statement, as of 12/18/16:
( ) is a new work, a collaborative process between queer/feminist porn collective AORTA films and performance company the A.O. Movement Collective. Verbally pronounced "whole," this project seeks to explore the incredible potency of queer hedonism, specifically how the authentic performativity of kink and queer porn can evolve trauma into orgasm, and grief into politically radical, transformative, body-based joy. This work aims to negotiate pornographic embodiment as an anti-oppressive, trans-inclusive feminist practice rooted in femme caretaking and risk, and contextualizes itself as a choreographic process.
Over the last few years I have experienced waves of trauma around suicide and loss within my queer community, witnessing its normalization. My drive as a maker can’t justify the luxury of what might be somatically/intellectually interesting—the only question that feels real is “how do we keep everyone alive?” Without immediate solutions, I am continually surprised by my impulse to push back against this immense ache with extreme joy, hedonism, and pleasure. This impulse is central to my queer identity, porn, and kink practices. I am interested in investigating this drive, in celebrating joy’s revolutionary promise while also questioning its fundamental privilege. I want to engineer a practice for overwhelming life in the face of seemingly endless death, investigating the constant embrace of trauma and pleasure.
Experimental pornography is the ideal media for this endeavor. Cutting through experimental performance’s insularity and entrenchment within systems of white supremacy, pornography is immediate, incendiary: undeniably legible. Like live performance, queer porn powerfully triggers authentic, instantaneous responses which a viewer must rectify with their preexisting selfhood. It kicks hairline fractures into oppressive systems, explicitly centering the humanity of individuals traditionally devalued by capitalism, ableism, racism, and transmisogyny. There is no wrong way to have a body, or an orgasm. Queer porn can take viewers by their hearts, minds, and genitals to incite change; it is a way to say I see you, will fight for your joy, will celebrate how fiercely you exist.
( ) positions itself interstitially, between the margins of experimental live performance, queer/feminist pornography, dancefilm, and community building. The project will nurture parallel processes: ongoing rehearsals with 5 dancers building experimental performance content, and a research group “F*CKLAB” populated by 10 adult performers building a practice of experimental pornographic embodiment. These groups will work separately, sharing information and scores, developing distinct, intertwining products. Rehearsals will run November 2016 - May 2018. In May 2018 we will produce and shoot the content as an experimental film, editing it into a feature-length collection of interwoven vignettes. From June 2018 – May 2019, we will evolve the content into an evening-length live performance featuring individuals from both groups, utilizing the film as visual backdrop. We have confirmed a residency at Snug Harbor June 2017, and are in conversation with a potential filming location, as well as a potential residency partner/commissioner. If you are interested in supporting this work as a presenter/curator, please email us at theAOMC@gmail.com. If you are interested in supporting this work as an individual, please click here to make a 100% tax-deductible donation.
( ) investigates the complexity of pleasure, exploring the so-called obscenity of bodies in their most tremendous capacity—their glorious, illicit humanity.