This Is What I Want 2012, is an annual live art festival about desire, intent on redefining the relationship between intimacy and performance.   This year, in it’s third iteration; This Is What I Want (TIWIW) festival looks at intimacy of desire through the lens of economy.

Can the reformulation of desire provide a fresh lens through which to consider the economy? Desire has already been envisioned beyond conventional heterosexuality, but can capitalist economies be reformulated by the queering of desire?

4 parts performance festival, 2 parts symposia and 1 part audience participatory experiential, TIWIW 2012 promises to break notions of desire in half, combining wants in relation to concepts of transactional value, it emerges with projects that sit squarely in the very margins between sweet transcendence and reckless confusion…just like our blessedly complicated sexualities and our so often utterly simple wants.

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Tuesday/Wednesday June 26th/27th – 8pm
SOMArts 934 Brannan St, San Francisco
Rafael Esparza, Taisha Paggett, Sara Kraft, Mica Sigourney

Thursday/Friday June 28th/29th – 8pm
SOMArts 934 Brannan St, San Francisco
DavEND, Mabel Negrete, Dia Dear, NICK+JAMES.

Saturday June 30th 
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

Symposia – Noon to 4pm  (tickets)
This Is What You Want – 5pm to 11pm (tickets)

TIWIW performance offering was curated by a team of Los Angeles and San Francisco artists: Anna Martine WhiteheadDoran GeorgeJesse Hewit Tessa Wills and Rachael Dichter

TIWIW takes on a wider look and how artists from different geo-political quadrants respond to the festival questions, TIWIW then, showcases original performances by the following makers:  DavEnd (SF), Dia Dear (SF),Mabel Negrete (LA), Mica Sigourney (SF), Nick Duran / Jmy James Kidd (LA), Rafael Esparza (LA), Sara Kraft (SF), Taisha Paggett (LA)

On the 5th day, This Is What I Want 2012 goes beyond the talk back, and introduces critical discourse panels and a hands-on audience experiential.  Presented in collaboration with Center for Sex and Culture’s Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence and under rigorous curatorial direction by Los Angeles based London scholar and practicing performance maker Dorian George, TIWIW offers 2 facilitated discussions under the title of Slow Sex – Queer exit-strategies from capitalist economies of attraction and performance. Facilitated by world sexologist Carol Queen,  a discussion on the Practice of Radial Pleasure will take place amongst sexual activist Joseph Kramer, Psychotherapist & Author Dossie Easton and performance artist, ecdysiast, and community organizer Xandra Ibarra.

Following that, a selected panel of performers from the festival will participate in a conversation entitled Practicing Radical Desire, participants will discuss how their critique of dominant models of desire connects to their identity, lifestyle or artistic perspective, as well as in what ways did the festival theme provided them with a context to create new work or restage and bring a particular lens to an existing work.

And as a final offering of this week-long festival, we present This Is What YOU Want – A participatory exploration concept by festival’s Artistic Director Tessa Wills, carried through by SF artist and sexuality activist TT Baum. This is What YOU Want, will offer symposium attendants the opportunity to explore and express their own desires using the language and ideas that were staged during the festival and have been further developed over the course of the day. Working with highly skilled facilitators, the audience for the participatory performance will have the opportunity to design and taste their own unique interface of alternative sexual practice and performance.

This is What I Want 2012 Is produced by THEOFFCENTER under Artistic director of London born, SF based performance maker Tessa Wills, with Production assistance by Racheal Ditcher and executive production support by Ernesto Sopprani (THEOFFCENTER)

This is What I want is presented as an offering of the National Queers Arts Festival in Collaboration with SOMArts Cultural Center, Center for Sex and Culture, Queer Cultural Center and THEOFFCENTER.


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