Irwin Swirnoff: we are bodies

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
7:00 PM
Pitzer - Broad Performance Space
Event Type
Pitzer - Performance
Brent Armendinger

we are bodies is a performance/screening/reading by bay area artist, Irwin Swirnoff.

Using his short films, still photos and creative non-fiction, Swirnoff creates an intimate & immediate setting where he explores sexuality, romance, longing, anguish, pain, and resilience.

Super 8 films that tap into an eternal daydream believer, photos that pass quickly giving glimpses into endless love, loss & desire. While the stories he reads speak of everything from physicality, queer reality, ecstasy, fantasy, Daft Punk, HIV, intense rejection and the creation of eternal anthems.
Irwin Swirnoff is an artist living in the bay area, and teaches in the Cinematic Arts Dept. at Cal State University Monterey Bay. Using film, photography, creative writing, and his background in zine & d.i.y. culture, Swirnoff creates intimate work with a queer sensibility. His work explores intimacy, longing, loss, desire, physicality, sexuality, and the constant struggle to remain in the here and now. A longtime DJ, his love & appreciation of music can be found throughout all aspects of his work. Collaborations with musicians who create original scores to his films, directing music videos, as well as his music writing for weekly papers like the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and underground music advocates Aquarius Records. For the last decade he's hosted the popular radio show, Sleeves On Hearts. His guests on the show throughout the years have included: The Magnetic Fields, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono, Blonde Redhead, Pansy Division, Broadcast, Matmos, The Gossip, Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, etc. Irwin has a strong commitment to the importance of building and maintaining community spaces that help give a voice to those who are too often silenced on the margins. Swirnoff served as the music director of KUSF 90.3fm, in San Francisco from 2004-2011. He helped lead the effort to Save KUSF after the corrupt sale of the community station, which robbed San Francisco of a vital cultural resource on the radio dial. He serves as the spokesperson for Save KUSF, and has been successful in working with the San Francisco Board Of Supervisors and The San Francisco Democratic Party to pass resolutions opposing the sale, and in support of the efforts to Save KUSF.
Irwin's work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe. His films have shown at festivals like Outfest, The New York Film Fest, Frameline, Seattle Queer Film Festival, Toronto Inside Out, etc. He's been featured in The New York Times, SF Weekly, Maximum Rock N Roll, Punk Planet, and The Bold Italic.
Irwin recieved his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his undergrad years were spent at Pitzer College.

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