Currently in Process:
APAP 2019 @
The Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Friday, January 4th at 9pm
Saturday, January 5th at 7pm (followed by toast)
Sunday, January 6th at 2pm (followed by talk)
Sunday, January 6th at 7pm
Tickets on sale soon!
Rehearsals + Research beginning 2017
Residency: Snug Harbor Cultural Center July 2017
Residency Showing: June 24, 2017
Shoot Dates; June 6-15, 2018
Cast and Crew:
Mahx Capacity (creator/director)
Sarah A.O. Rosner (choreographer)
AORTA films + the A.O. Movement Collective (producers)
HOLYRAD studio (filmmaker)
Lanee Bird (editor + color)
the Shape (performer)
Trouble Clef (performer)
Special Guest (performer)
Parts Authority (performer)
Ginny Woolf (performer)
Erykah Ohms (performer)
Shay Knox (performer)
Papi Femme (performer)
Evie Snax (performer)
Alice the Wolfe (performer)
Ashur Rayis (composer)
Papi Femme (costume consultant)
Commissioned by The Invisible Dog Art Center with Executive Producer The Effing Foundation for Sex Positivity. Additional support from the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, AORTA films' Benefactor Circle Jerk, and Kickstarter backers.
( ) is an evening-length film created by queer/feminist porn collective AORTA films in collaboration with performance company the A.O. Movement Collective. Verbally pronounced “whole,” this feature length film 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. ( ) investigates the complexity of pleasure, exploring the so-called obscenity of bodies in their most tremendous capacity—their glorious, illicit humanity.
At turns lush, humorous, sincere, erotic, joyful, and intense, ( ) forsakes traditional expectations of “porn” to create an unexpectedly textured landscape of desire. Amidst ecstatic water balloon fights, opulent feasts devoured without utensils, narrations of pleasure, lewd hand gestures, densely scored orgies, improvisational performance, and intense kink dynamics, ( ) proposes a new type of pornography: a world of queer sex that is at once surreally lush and intensely real. The film celebrates queer pleasure as a type of queer resistance, while inviting viewers of all identities towards their own human capacity for pleasure.
In investigating pleasure as inherently entwined with the complexities of loss and struggle, the AOMC’s director Sarah A.O. Rosner writes “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.”
( ) positions itself interstitially, between the margins of experimental live performance, queer/feminist pornography, and dancefilm. Filmed by Holyrad Studio and edited and colored by Lanee Bird with an original score composed by Ashur Rayis, the work features an interdisciplinary cast of performers—three dance performers, five adult performers, and two crossover performers who work in both fields. Created and directed by Mahx Capacity and choreographed by Sarah A.O. Rosner, the film was developed in collaboration with the performers, and through AORTA films’ “F*CKLAB” practice.
AORTA films makes experimental queer/feminist cinema for our impending post-human future. Led by founders Creative Director Mahx Capacity, and Performer/Producers Parts Authority and Ginny Woolf, AORTA films seeks to create ethical, lusty, heartfelt content that disrupts boundaries and glitches desire. Working out of DIY and experimental performance contexts, they are interested in creating content that centers performers across a wide range of bodies, genders, races, and identities. They work collaboratively, prioritizing safe and enthusiastically consensual creative processes, and are obsessed with creating aesthetics and narratives that explode with destabilizing pleasure.
Founded in 2006 by Sarah A.O. Rosner, the A.O. Movement Collective has made a name for themselves as ravenously experimental young makers in NYC’s performance community. The AOMC investigates pomo-humanism via a rigorous love affair with the aesthetics of mess. They are rockstars, researchers, ever-glitching techno-feminists. Their work unpacks the difficult lushness of human being, valuing questions above answers and maximalism above ease. They create work open to the terror of being undeniably new in content, culture, and form.
Still from ( ), created by AORTA films & the A.O. Movement Collective, shot by Holyrad Studio