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UC Santa Cruz Art Faculty Beth Stephens featured in Artcore Journal

originally posted on: Art Core Journal

What do pornography, bosoms, and lesbian feminism have in common with mountain top removal mining? The answer is Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, performance artists whose mission, as artists, as lovers, as women, as human beings, is to turn us onto “ecosexuality,” a movement they celebrate in projects as diverse as The Love Art Laboratory,[1] Sexecological Walking Tours, and a film, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story (Summer 2013). The focus of the film is the devastating destruction that results from mountain top removal mining or MTR. MTR begins with the clearing of trees then drilling blast holes, filling them with a mixture of ammonia nitrate and diesel, and then igniting the explosives and blowing the tops off the mountains. What’s left of the earth, animals, and plants that are unlucky enough to get caught in the blast is called “overburden.” This is simply shoved off the mountain, and pushed down into the valley, killing any animals, vegetation and streams in its path. Over five hundred mountains have been destroyed, one million acres of forest have been decimated and over 2,300 miles of streams have been filled. None of these will come back.

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photo: Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, Protest march on Blair Mountain. Photo by Jordan Freeman

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