Jasdeep Khaira and Suzie Silver are bringing Strange Attractors to the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair April 6th 12pm – 6pm and 7th 11am to 5pm. The event will take place at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 453 Porter Avenue, Buffalo NY.
This event is FREE and open to the public!
Following the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, join us Sunday April 7 at 7pm at Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY. Pittsburgh-based artists Suzie Silver and Jasdeep Khaira present highlights from Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities. The book, which features over 70 artists, writers, and filmmakers, includes a DVD from which the co-curators will present an hour of shorts, featuring Peggy Ahwesh, Jacob Ciocci, Darrin Martin/Torsten Burns and Shana Moulton (whose Green Portal 43 is pictured here). Silver will also read excerpts from the short story Donkey Show.
Suggested Donation: $5.00
If you are in Los Angeles during the first weekend of February come visit us in ZINE WORLD at the Geffen Contemporary during the LA Art Book Fair! All three curators/editors of Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexuality will be there. Come say “Hi!” and get your very own copy. On Sunday, February 3 at 1pm you can watch all the videos from Strange Attractors in the ZINE WORLD Theater.
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Watch the new Strange Attractors Book Trailer!
Fascinating short story by James Tiptree Jr./Alice Sheldon about an immense amorphous alien being who, during a visit to earth, unintentionally wreaks havoc. From his/her short story collection, Ten Thousand Light Years From Home (1973)
“You can understand why a system would seek information – but why in hell does it offer information? Why do we strive to be understood? Why is a refusal to accept communication so painful?”
A selection of videos from the Strange Attractors DVD will be screened at MIX: 25th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival on Friday, November 16 at 10pm. The festival is presented at Mix Factory, 339 Butler Street (between 3rd and 4th Ave) in Brooklyn, NY 11217
“The fact that this sea creature looks exactly like a rock with guts is not even the weirdest thing about it. It’s also completely immobile like a rock — it eats by sucking in water and filtering out microorganisms — and its clear blood mysteriously secretes a rare mineral called vanadium. Also, it’s born male, becomes hermaphroditic at puberty, and reproduces by tossing clouds of sperm and eggs into the surrounding water and hoping they knock together. Nature, you are CRAZY.”
Parsons Hall Project Space hosted a Strange Attractors Release Party/Exhibition on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Parsons Hall is an experimental art project/research/residency hub located in the historic canal district of Holyoke, Massachusetts. More information: http://parsonshallprojectspace.blogspot.com/
The BBC has a lovely interactive visualization HERE.
On Friday, September 21st Pittsburgh Filmmakers hosted a screening/reading/reception to celebrate the official Pittsburgh release of Strange Attractors. Refreshments included Alien Peanut Butter Balls, Venusian Glow-In-The-Dark Jello Shots, Strange Attractor Color Coded Cookies, and lots of BEER!
Readings: Suzie Silver, Ed Steck
Videos: Shana Moulton, Peggy Ahwesh, Larry Shea, Harp + Silver, Matthew R. Day, Meeken + Negrey, Bum Lee, Mallis + McParlane, Jacob Ciocci, Joshua Thorson + Mike Harringer, Amy Johnson, Scott Andrew, Martin + Burns and more!
Strange Attractors is included in the exciting, Do Anything, at Space 4 Art in San Diego, California.
Most of the videos (except for the “R” rated ones) from the Strange Attractors DVD will be projected outside during the opening event on Friday, July 13 from 6:00 to 10:00pm. All of the videos will be playing on a continuous loop inside the gallery. The book is also included as part of the gallery exhibition.
Space 4 Art is located at 325 15th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Please join us on July 12 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Printed Matter in NYC for a Reception/Reading/Screening celebrating the release of Strange Attractors!
Printed Matter, Inc. is located at 195 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Strange Attractors curators/editors Jasdeep Khaira and Suzie Silver will be in attendance as well as some of the contributing artists/writers/filmmakers. Refreshments will be served.
Strange Attractors Release at Printed Matter on Facebook!
Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities is shipping!
According to recent scientific reports, there may be between 8 billion and 13 billion life bearing planets in our galaxy alone. With numbers like that we will certainly encounter living beings from outer space someday. When we do, what will they look like? What special parts will they have, and how will they “do it?” Will we find what they do sexy, incomprehensible or just plain gross? You can find the answers to these questions and more in Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities, an extraordinary 288 page, full color, book and 120 minute DVD encompassing art, writing and film.
Strange Attractors includes the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created remarkable explorations of possible extraterrestrial life forms and their multifarious sexual desires. A joint publication of Encyclopedia Destructica and The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality, Strange Attractors straddles the line between speculative scientific exploration and artistic imagination.
Contributors include: Amy Gerstler, David Horvitz, Shana Moulton, Anselm Berrigan, Peggy Ahwesh, Thomas Scioli, Suzanne Wright, Jacob Ciocci and many more. For example, Andrew Negrey’s collages illustrate a variety of couplings including a ‘Green Diver’ lusting after buoyant ‘Glo-balls’ on unregistered planet 311OPEL, Adam Atkinson’s prose explores “The Sexual Habits of Extra-Terrestrials as Observed by Jules Verne;” and in Shana Moulton’s humorous video, “Green Portal 43,” extraterrestrials create an erotic film based on observed human behaviors that arouse them during a visit to Earth. Click here for a full list of contributors.
While science fiction literature and film have often touched on extraterrestrial sexuality, these encounters are frequently represented as between a human and a humanoid extraterrestrial. Gender is often portrayed as binary even when it is homosexual. Sexual encounters consist primarily of engagements between two beings. Inspired by Kepler, NASA’s first mission capable of finding Earth-size planets around other stars, Suzie Silver of The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality says, “this project has gone beyond male and female, beyond queer, beyond any notion of gender, beyond the anthropomorphic to erotic possibilities as vastly varied as the Milky Way itself.”
Frank R Paul may just be my favorite science fiction illustrator from the first half of the 20th century.
His work appeared on the cover of the first issue (April 1926) of Amazing Stories.
Here are some wonderful images he created illustrating life on other worlds in our solar system: