WHO ARE WE?
Experimental Bitch Presents is a risk-taking organization that does not play it safe.
We are proud to be a space-finding, opportunity-making, education-seeking, diverse agent. We are not perfect; we willingly put ourselves at the center of controversial questioning and forward-thinking movements in an effort to progress past the elitist academic structures which enable commercial art production.
By re-claiming the title of “bitch” and blowing up the barriers surrounding femininity, feminism and the hierarchies within sexuality and gender, EBP celebrates the bitch in each of you. Face your fear. Face the bitch. Love the bitch.
Experimental Bitch Presents is working to better understand society through creative practices. This is done first and foremost by devoting our intentions, abilities and means towards facilitating collaborations and motivating safer artistic environments. EBP recognizes the victimization of humans and works to disrupt the cycle of oppression and violence.
Since our beginnings as a living room soirée, EBP has evolved into a producing entity, a home for creativity, a current for compassion, as well as a hands- on developer of new works and ideas. At the core, EBP seeks to exemplify a passion for hard work, a determination for exposure, and empathetic understanding. EBP creates pathways for untold stories and centers on community engagement and relations across seemingly dissimilar groups.
OUR ETHICAL GUIDELINES
We embrace and practice these guidelines to the best of our ability in all collaborations.
We develop and practice the empowered will, clear mind, and open heart required to wakefully, nonjudgmentally encounter both the known and the unknown with strength, softness, and curiosity.
We acknowledge that wakefulness requires wellness. We care for ourselves and each other.
We acknowledge that patriarchy inflicts trauma that each person carries — each of us in a unique form according to our context and personal intersection of oppression and privilege.
We practice curiosity about and appreciation of each other. We seek to continuously learn about each other, always renewing and deepening our perceptions and conceptions of each other and allowing this to strengthen our work.
We practice intersectionality. We acknowledge that the labor to be present in a room is different for every person.
We practice transparency in leadership.
We prioritize, centralize, give and hold space for those most marginalized by our world — within our membership, our audiences, and artists we choose to associate with.
We refuse to be complicit in an oppressor’s pattern of abuse and seek to upend imperialist, patriarchal, cis-heteronormative, white-centered dominance.
We collectively seek out and participate in workshop and training programs to expand our understanding of how inequity works and allow for better and more equitable art practices in our company.
We actively seek to support and collaborate with like-minded, like-hearted artists, collectives, and companies whose mission aligns with our own.
We learn, cultivate and practice deep listening, which will form the basis of all our communication within the context of our work.
We practice the assumption that our fellow members have good intent and acknowledge that conscious communication must invite a context of openness, vulnerability and trust.
We practice conscious communication that is discerning, wise, and critical, while remembering that even the most intense criticism must still hold within it compassion and the desire for greater wholeness.
We encounter conflict with compassion and a desire for understanding, healing, resolution and compromise.
We acknowledge that sometimes people with integrity can disagree and remain loving collaborators.
When conflict is born, we express ourselves with honesty and consistency. We do not let difficult, uncomfortable feelings build to breaking points before we choose to communicate them.
We cultivate an environment of forgiveness. Mistakes are essential to our artistic process. They are acknowledged and seen clearly, but not condemned.
We acknowledge that behaving well in every single moment is very close to impossible.
We understand that in order for our work to be devoted and serious and efficacious, it must be playful.
We allow ourselves to have fun and be weird.