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Scenes, and the Performance of Selves

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How can ‘scenes’ be approached as a means of performing other selves, and as a way of enacting different subjectivities? How can the ‘temporary autonomous zone’ of a bounded space and time facilitate the embodiment of alternative orientations, desires, curiosities and roles? In BDSM, the ‘scene’ is used to generate a bounded space for engaging in certain roles and certain dynamics, often with pre-determined activities and participants. How can this performance space—much like the ‘trip’—be used to facilitate experimentation and growth—perhaps with enduring prospects and possibilities? To what degree is all intimate behavior performative and scene-bounded? Is there a value to unbounding sexual practices? What present and future roles might be imagined for the bounded scene?

_8:00 pm - Doors open
_8:30 pm - Talk: Scenes, and the Performance of Other Selves
_9:00 pm - Workshop: TBA
_9:30 pm - Exploration space
_11:30 pm - Tidy up the space (as a free event, we ask our guests to please assist in this.

Critical Hedonism(s) is a social movement dedicated to redefining the ways that care and pleasure circulate and get expressed, integrating critical, analytical thought with experimentation and exploration. More here:

*This event WILL likely involve sex and/or nudity. All attendees must be at least 18 years of age. We are compelled by the law to check IDs at the door, so please bring a valid, state-issued ID. This is a sex-positive, consent-oriented, trans-inclusive, body-positive space. Please respect other people’s choices, refrain from judgement about others’ pleasures or desires, respect everyone’s gender/identity expressions and body shapes, and obtain explicit consent before touching or engaging intimately with anyone. We reserve the right to ask attendees to leave at any time, and for any reason.

Earlier Event: August 2
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