Jack Waters & Peter Cramer
Sunscreen Test Boulevard In The Sand
August 1, 2015, FIRE ISLAND
NYPAC is pleased to present, in collaboration with Visual AIDS and the Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the performance "Sunscreen Test Boulevard In The Sand" by Jack Waters & Peter Cramer. They will also present an artist lecture earlier in the week on July 30.
"Sunscreen Test Boulevard In The Sand" is a walking tour treasure hunt with beach day activities that engages the site-specific location and history of Fire Island as America’s oldest LGBT resort community. The performance connects the landscape of beach, boardwalks and houses with a series of installations, activities and social media engagements. Cherry Grove, the nation's first and oldest LGBT community, is a "Shangri-la" that encompasses New York City's art, theater, literary, film and social world—from writer Janet Flanner and W. H. Auden, American Ballet Theater scenic designer Oliver Smith, filmmaker Wakefield Poole to more recent denizens such as cable television host Robin Byrd and bon vivant Michael Musto.
Bring your bathing suits, sunscreen, umbrellas and more to spend the day with Peter, Jack and collaborators. Feel free to arrive at any time during the day's events.
3pm - BEACH ACTIVITIES: Towel painting, kite decorating and flying, makeup and costuming. *On the beach where the meat rack beach access path joins the beach near The Pines (see green star on the map above.) This will be the meeting point for people to gather for beach activities and the starting point where we will leave for the walking tour treasure hunt at 6.
6pm - WALKING TOUR around Cherry Grove.
7pm - PERFORMANCE at Bridge of Sighs
8pm - SUNSET VIEWING at the pier
8:30pm - MOONRISE VIEWING on the oceanside
In addition there will be a MOBILE DEVICE REALITY THEATER, a non-competitive role playing game to engage on by following these tweets and hashtags:
#PrEPoppovir #Truvoppers #PrEPoppers #TakRs
Sunscreen Test Boulevard In The Sand (STBITS) Cast include:
Devon Gallegos, Ricardo Horatio Nelson, Ethan Shoshan, David Sokolowski, John Michael Swartz
Peter Cramer & Jack Waters are partners in 33 years of international collectivist culture & practice as artists, activists, administrators, archivists, teachers and mentors. Known for their experimental cross disciplinary multimedia works that encompass experimental, non-narrative, documentary and personal history strategies, Peter and Jack bring broad based knowledge and technical skills to practices of socio-political and cultural engagement. These are responsive to issues of ethnic, sexual /gender identity, AIDS activism and archival histories using the mediums of photography, film/video, installation and performance to engage and develop ideas that seek to value the process of creation as one of the most highly regarded part of the experience, rather than the end result as a final “product.” Their various experiences, in addition to their own multitude of works, include the creation in 1981 of Allied Productions Inc, a non profit arts umbrella, serving as directors of ABC No Rio alternative art collective from 1983-1990, and founding Le Petit Versailles (1996), a community garden based in New York City. Their collaboration with artists include Barbara Hammer (Nitrate Kisses), Geoff Hendricks (Soma), Sur Rodney Sur (Percodan & Wisdom) and Inbred Hybrid Collective. Significant screenings include the Whitney Museum, New Museum, Center for Contemporary Culture Barcelona, FRISE Hamburg, Anthology Film Archives, and MIX NYC among many others. Various films have been preserved with the support of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS and the National Film Preservation Fund. Cramer & Waters were recently featured in i-D Magazine as " radical queers creating a powerful community through progressive politics, community gardens, wild parties, and colorful performance." Image: Aktion Painting, Provincetown 2007, photo by James Jaxxa.