MIX NYC - Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities


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"My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."
J. B. S. Haldane, Evolutionary Biologist

According to recent scientific reports, there may be between 8 billion and 13 billion life-bearing planets in our galaxy alone. With numbers like that we will certainly encounter living beings from outer space someday. When we do, what will they look like? What special parts will they have, and how will they "do it?" Will we find what they do sexy, incomprehensible or just plain gross? You can find the answers to these questions and more in Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities, an extraordinary 288 page, full color, book and 120 minute DVD encompassing art, writing and film.

Inspired by Kepler's quest for earth-like planets, Strange Attractors envisions the sexualities of beings that may someday be encountered--if not in outer space, then at least in our dreams! A joint publication by Encyclopedia Destructica and The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality, Strange Attractors presents the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created an amazing range of expressions expanding our conception of the possibilities of alien life forms and the nature of sexual desire.

Tonight we present a selection of videos from the Strange Attractors DVD.
--Suzie Silver, Jasdeep Khaira & Christopher Kardambikis, guest curators.
Total Running Time: 69 min.

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MIX 25 - NOVEMBER 13-18

Don't forget, MIX is known for magical spatial transformations (hint: this year's theme involves cocooning and hammocks!), incredible installation art (which you can read about here: http://mixnyc.org/mix/installations), and a vibrant lounge space populated by queer filmmakers, curators, artists, and, well, fabulous hotties. Plan to HANG OUT BEFORE OR AFTER THE SHOW, enjoy a beverage and some good company!



Green Portal 43
Shana Moulton
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min.
Aliens observing humans create an intergalactic porn based on what human behaviors turn them on.

Darrin Martin & Torsten Zenas Burns
2010, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min.
AnimatronLove is at the heart of a larger project titled What If? In the Days When the Tiger Smoked, which activated role-playing workshops where participants enact dates leading up to a fictional polyamorous romance. AnimatronLove revisits variations on the choreography performed by our characters’ avatars contextualized into a series of alternate worlds and erotic compromises.

Neráides: Fall of the Subterrestrial Hive
Scott Andrew
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 11 min.
A fey fantasy world unravels. A cinematic narrative is revealed where boys play with ponies while frolicking limp-wristed and glitter-skinned through the forest and an alien drag queen commands an army of flying penis monsters.

Masturbation in Space
Joshua Thorson & Mike Harringer
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min.
Harringer recounts an extra-terrestrial abduction that followed a humorous late-night conversation he had with his boyfriend about Whitley Streiber and Christopher Walken. Harringer's story is accompanied by Thorson's mostly CGI video sequences, which vaguely illustrate the fantastic tale about auto-eroticism as performance for curious, sex-positive alien anthropologists.

The Obligate Symbionts of Colubus Grand
Hilary Harp + Suzie Silver
2012, USA, video, color, sound, 7 min.
In the solar system 18 SCORPII, located some 45.3 light years from Earth at the northern edge of the Scorpius constellation, two planets have evolved cultures of profound mutual symbiotic reliance. The ecstatic dance-like interaction between the almost inert Kalataka and the exhausted but entranced Tarzanians, is extraordinarily beautiful, building to the climactic effusion of Kalataka sporge.

Sing Siren Song
Amy Johnson
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min.
Sing Siren Song begins in a bright but homogenous commune of bird-women sirens. Amongst many colorful couplings is a silent and solitary siren. This siren seeks more than a mirror and craves transcendence from her being. In desperation she calls into the sea for a nocturnal bath of nine waves, a custom from La Lanzada Beach famed since pagan times for its curative powers. The siren is overwhelmed by its own song and becomes consumed by its own mouth into a vibration of pure color without form. The waves gain color and then they are both transformed into something other, a mesmerizing void that builds towers in another dimension and becomes a bridge to another being. Times slows, the drama fades. There is nothingness once more, yet nothing is as before.

Love Puddles
Michael Mallis & Michael McParlane
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 6 min.
In the golden fringe of a far-off galaxy, an alien planet teems with exotic life. Twiggy creatures rush to an ominous volcano and rub their bodies against its glittering surface, enticing the volcano to awaken and spray its gooey chaos across this furry world.

Alien Sex Video
Kate Gilbert & Kolmel
2075, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min. NYC Premiere.
Alien Sex Video breaks through flesh, hair, taboo and shame, exploding normal pornographic machinations to recover the joy of creaturehood and discover new portals of pleasure and base sensations such as awe, fear, disgust, humor and ecstasy particularly inherit in queer fucking.

Video Science 7: Space Love Part 3—Unregistered Planet 311OPEL
Luke Meeken & Andrew Negrey
2010, USA, video, color, sound, 11 min. NYC Premiere.
A selection from the Video Science series of educational documentaries, originally broadcast on the Ether, via quantum entanglement, by the Stellar KinoKontrol for the enlightenment and edification of the Human League of Planets. Space Love part 3 focuses on the Marepera Sepiida of Unregistered Planet 311OPEL, a hulking, lumpen creature coerced out of its watery home by a family of erotically charged microorganisms to conduct a performance in elaborate sexual semaphor.

Larry Shea
1995/2003, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min.
Hydrophilia is part of a series of short films & videos, collectively titled “E-Motion Studies,” that explore the behavior of “inanimate” objects through the lens of human emotion.

Jacob Ciocci
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 1 min.

YSBRYD (spirit)
Julie Murray
2008, USA, video, color, sound, 8 min.
The music of insects by the thousands accompanies something ghostly and pulsing as it extends from a pair of common garden slugs found hanging entwined on a fence one humid night in autumn.

Bum Lee
2011, South Korea, video, color, sound, 3 min. NYC Premiere.
The Swimmers are trapped with the voracious Eaters in a masticatory contest for survival.


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