Community Action Center incorporates the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project was heavily inspired by 1970s porn-romance-liberation films, which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes, and the body politic of a particular time and place. Collaborators Burns and Steiner worked with artists who created infinitely complex gender and performance roles that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack including Chicks on Speed, Electrelane, K8 Hardy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Light Asylum, MEN, Kinski, and Thee Majesty (Genesis P-Orridge), and featuring original compositions by Justin Bond, Nick Hallett & Sam Greenleaf Miller, Ashland Mines & Wu Tsang, and more. Community Action Center is a unique womyn-centric composition that serves as both an ode and a hole-filler, a hedonistic and distinctly political adventure.

This screening takes place alongside of the PICA Symposium: Bodies, Identities & Alternative Economies, a weekend of performances, discussions, screenings, and lectures on the ideas and politics behind Hennessy’s in-progress TBA:12 performance Turbulence (a dance about the economy). The Symposium takes place June 21–24, 2012.

Related Readings

Community Action Center Zine, A.L. Steiner and A.K. Burns. (PDF)

Selected Press

Queer Eyes, David Velasco, Artforum, March 11, 2012.

Selected Video

Community Action Center trailer on Video Data Bank