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Community Action Center

2010, SD single-channel video, 71 min
A collaboration with A.L. Steiner

A.K. Burns

Installation view, Community Action Center, 2010, Horton Gallery, Berlin.

‘Community Action Center,’ is a single channel video work A.K. Burns conceived, produced, directed, propped, shot, and edited in collaboration with A.L. Steiner. This project is an archive of an inter-generational community built on collaboration, friendship, sex and art. The work rethinks how sex and sexuality is imaged and imagined for marginalized bodies—in particular women, queer and transgender. Inspired by gay porn-romance-liberation films and feminist practices of the 70s’ and 80s’ the work opens with a recitation of Jack Smiths’ ‘Normal Love’. This video seeks to expose and reformulate paradigms that are typical of porn typologies by using tropes for their comical value, critical consideration and historical homage.

Steiner and I worked with artists and performers who created infinitely complex gender and performance roles that are both real and fantastical, set to a sound track of music culled from the worldwide sisterhood: Chicks on Speed, Effi Briest, Electrelane, Chateau featuring K8 Hardy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Light Asylum, MEN, Motherland, NGUZUNGUZU, I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laska), Kinski and Thee Majesty (Genesis P-Orridge), and featuring original compositions by Justin Bond, Nick Hallett & Sam Greenleaf Miller, Ashland Mines & Wu Tsang, Sergei Tcherepnin and Tri-State Area with A V Linton.

A.K. Burns, Community Action Center

Video still from Community Action Center

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Production still from Community Action Center, photo by A.L. Steiner

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Production still from Community Action Center, photo by A.L. Steiner

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Production still from Community Action Center, photo by A.L. Steiner

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Production still from Community Action Center, photo by A.L. Steiner

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Video still from Community Action Center

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Production still from Community Action Center, photo by A.L. Steiner

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Production still from Community Action Center, photo by Eden Batki

Trailer for Community Action Center, 2010