Mithu Sanyal, Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens, Joy Booke Fairfield

Exploring the Park as Lover

The Joys of Ecosex!

Gespräch Talks & Workshops

California based performance artist couple, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, invite you to an Ecosexual Walking Ritual at Lantz’scher Park in Düsseldorf on June 22, co-created with director Joy Brooke Fairfield and a network of artists and activists. Join us in advance of the event at the FFT, when Sprinkle and Stephens will be joined by their friend, Düsseldorf author Mithu Sanyal for a conversation facilitated by Dr. Fairfield about embracing the Earth as lover.


Mithu Sanyal, Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens, Joy Brooke Fairfield

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have been creating multi-media art projects about love, sex, and queerness together for 20 years. Annie was a sex worker from 1973 to 1995 and morphed into a feminist performance artist and sex educator. Beth was a sculptor and installation artist and became a university art professor. She has taught at University of California Santa Cruz for 27 years. These days, the duo produce environmentally-themed films through an eco-sexual gaze, they host symposiums, do theater and performance artivism. Their Ecosex Manifesto launched the Ecosex Movement. They are making a new film about fire, for which they received 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. A new book, Assuming the Ecosexual Position—the Earth as Lover (University of Minnesota Press) chronicles their epic love story and art/life adventures. View their work at

Dr. Joy Brooke Fairfield (she/they) is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Trained as a director of performance and a theatrical intimacy professional, Dr. Fairfield has collaborated with artist-duo Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens on live art for the past decade. Her writing on contemporary performances of sexuality, gender-nonconformity, and consent in the context of racial capitalism and indigenous dispossession has been published in Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (JDTC), Performance Research, Journal of Consent Based Practice (JCBP), PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Studies in Musical Theatre and more. They are the performance reviews editor for the journal Ecumenica: Performance and Religion and their co-written volume on sex education through theatre is under contract with Routledge.


In Kooperation mit dem Projekt Lantz’scher Skulpturenpark der Kunstkommission Düsseldorf.