San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Wednesday December 5, 2012,
CLEVER is a new queer think tank started by media artist Cheryl Dunye that is engaged in media based activities committed to social transformation. CLEVER is a site where academic debate meets up with political activism and artistic/cultural practices, and where different forms of knowledge production and articulation form productive coalitions. Invited panelists including Dr. Annie Sprinkle (Ecosexual Sexecologist, artist and activist), Jiz Lee (performer, artist, activist), Shine Louise Houston (CrashPad, Pink and White Productions) and Alex Austin (Founder and Owner of Austin Law Group) will explore image ownership and marketplace regulation in a discussion of whether or not porn can be covered by copyright.
Alex Austin is the founder of The Austin Law Group. She is on the legal referral panel for California Lawyers for the Arts, and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. She is a member of the Entertainment Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law and its Sports and Entertainment Law forum, the National Lawyers Guild, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom and the Film Arts Foundation.
Cheryl Dunye has received numerous national and international honors for her work in the media arts. Dunye wrote, directed and starred in the first African American lesbian feature film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN. She is the founder of CLEVER: a new Bay Area queer think tank engaged in media based activities committed to social transformation. She is also an associate professor at California College of the arts.
Jiz Lee is a genderqueer porn performer and advocate of ethical erotic works from all angles. With a background in arts management, Jiz also runs the philanthropic Karma Pervs project and blogs about sex, love, and art at JizLee.com.
Shine Louise Houston is the founder of Pink and White Productions which produces adult queer entertainment and the creator of PinkLabel, the online digital distribution channel for emerging and independent adult filmmakers.
Annie Sprinkle is a multi media artist who has toured her own theater pieces since 1989, performing at many wonderful theaters, museums and galleries in 21 countries. One of the pivotal players in the 80’s “sex positive feminist movement,” her film, The Sluts & Goddesses Video Workshop Or How to Be A Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps, is a women’s sex film classic. Over the past 40 years, she’s been involved in many documentary feature films (History Channel, Lifetime), TV shows (such as four HBO Real Sex segments), appeared in half a dozen B movies, and 100+ x-rated features in the 70’s and 80’s. Currently she is co-director (with her partner Elizabeth Stephens) of a new non profit org, Fecund Arts. Anniesprinkle.org, sexecology.org