This Wednesday from noon to 1:30pm, SexEd Collab students, lead by Liz Slagus and Norene Leddy—co-curators of the SexEd project (currently installed via the “SexEd: Chapter 1” exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery )and co-teachers of the SexEd Collab at Parsons, will be publicly screening as part of “Bag it Up,” a SexEd lunchtime program at the gallery. The students were asked to participate in the SexEd project YouTube video call, “YouwishyouwouldhaveknownTube,” which asks participants to answer the question: “What do you wish someone would have taught or told you about sex?” Read on to find out more from the individual Collab students about their work and class experience, and please join them tomorrow to see their sketches and storyboards come to life on screen.
Wednesday, February 27th
Guest critic and artist talk: Rebecca Herman 11pm-12pm
“Bag It Up” Video Screening by Parsons SexEd Collab class 12pm-1:30pm
Cuchifritos Gallery (located inside the Essex Market)
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
SexEd Collab Student Statements:
As a 23-year-old woman who has attended both public and liberal private schools, it’s crazy to me that I’m still learning very basic concepts about sex. This class has been a real eye-opener, in terms of both my own sexual education and how poorly the American public school system’s sex ed program is structured.
The idea for my current video in Sexed came from my own experiences with sex, seeing so many people getting treated badly, and these are things I want my seven-year-old daughter to know!
For my SexEd YouTube video, I’m using the currently familiar format of the computer desktop. I intend to dissect the effect of digital sexual imagery on sexual attitudes and practices. It is my goal to close the gap between the stoic and often uninformative world of school-based sex education and the over-produced, glossy world of online porn and sexual imagery. The outcome will be a guided critique of Internet-informed sexual knowledge and attitudes.
Bryan Ribeiro / Alexis Bryant:
Our video is about a female student attempting her first nude modeling and the trials she goes through up until the day of. This class is extremely important since it discusses a subject Americans can’t seem to confront or don’t know how to confront.
My experience in Collab: Sex Ed has been therapeutic and definitely is in line with my field of interest, which is graphic design and feminist art. My current video project attempts to debunk the myth that a woman’s sexuality is her only power by appropriating videos from the ’60s and ’80s and by addressing a woman’s need to take control of her own desires.
For my video project, “The Crotch Files,” I interviewed five of my friends from The New School about the early stages of their sexual development, particularly focusing on masturbation. The camera is focused on their crotch area, making it seem as if it is speaking to the camera. The interviewees explain their experiences and feelings not only through the audio, but the placement of their hands and body language as they speak. SexEd has opened my eyes to many of the issues within the sex education system in the United States. It has inspired not only my views on social change, but truly connects it to the idea of solving problems through an artistic means.
Lola Martinez / Ashley Goeller:
We are making a video to introduce children to the spectrum of sexual identity in a way that is understandable and relatable to them.
About the SexEd project and SexEd Collab:
SexEd is an ongoing quest to expose the current state of sexual education in the US, encourage a public discourse around the topics of sexual health and education, and develop a sex education curriculum that is artist-inspired and community-based—something currently not in existence in the United States. The first stage of the SexEd project, “SexEd: Chapter 1”, is an exhibition currently on view at Cuchifritos Gallery, (February 9-March 10, 2013).