Blue Wedding to the Sea Video and Photos

Blue Wedding to the Sea Video and Photos

In Venice, Italy, we married our lover the Sea at the water’s edge. Friends artist collaborators, plus some people we had never met, traveled from nine different countries to join us. It was a very hot, sweaty August day. The ceremony happened in four parts/scenes. First there were many fantastic, uninhibited, very blue performances outside the Fear Society Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Then we processed through Venice for about a half hour to a very scenic plaza where we had food and drinks and everyone blessed the rings for the Sea. Next some gondolas arrived to take carry us by water to the Sea. We then gathered by a bridge. Our anti-priest Beatriz Preciado gave her stirring sermon about liquid community. Then everyone made our promises to love, honor and cherish the Sea forever and eternity. We threw our beautiful blessed wedding rings into the water. (A more detailed story to follow soon. For more info about the collaborators view the press release and the program.) Photos by Gigi Gatewood, Mark J. Snyder and Graham Bell Tornado

Articles about the Wedding to the Sea:
Carnal San Francisco - A Birthday and a Wedding
The Believer - 2009 Art Issue
Pornoterrorismo - After Wedding

Blue Wedding to the Sea Homily by Beatriz Preciado

Blue Wedding to the Sea Homily by Beatriz Preciado

We welcome you all, humans and animals, bio and trans, men and women, transgender bodies, mutants and survivors. You've been invited by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens to celebrate the blue year of their love and together, forming a liquid community in order to marry the Sea.

We are here today to marry the Mediterranean Sea, stage of human traffic, colonization, war, but also of travel and communication.

To marry the Sea today, in 2009, is to embrace a sick being.

The Sea we are going to marry is, as we ourselves are,  polluted, sick, but alive and historically charged.

During the last two hundred years the human species has contributed to poisoning the water, killing fish and water mammals, threatening the health of the Sea and therefore putting at risk the survival of the planet.

For this, we come here today, to Venice, a city made of water, to ask the Sea for forgiveness.  We are here to give our love back to the Sea.

I thank Annie and Beth for inviting me, and for inviting us all, enter into their 7 year chronology of love, and for asking me   I also thank them for asking me to be the Anti-Priest for this wedding.

In their love chronology this is the year of the Visuddha chakra. The chakra of the throat. Let us all now touch our throat and feel the Visuddha chakra.


This is the chakra of communication.
But communication is not just talking and hearing.  It is not only a matter of exchanging information, a practice transformed now into a consumer commodity.

The word communication comes form the latin root “munus”, meaning “ a gift that is given by someone to whom it doesn’t belong”. A gift that nevertheless doesn’t belong to the one who gives. Communication is a gift, something given, never a property.

Comunicare is “making common”, sharing the gift. This is the same root as the word community, immunity and meaning.

To communicate is to build community. But the political risk is to think that community can only be achieved through immunity.

The anxiety to be immune comes from the fear of the other. From the fear of not to be and not to have in common. The other is here seen as a threat to the community. An immune community is a community of Fear.

As we marry the sick Sea today, let us get rid of fear of the other, fear of queerness, fear of sickness, fear of ugliness, fear of the grotesque, fear of the virus, fear of death.

As we marry the sick Sea today, let us remember to construct community on “the social and biological vulnerability of the body” rather than on immunity and fear of the other.

For those of us who come from the civil rights fights concerning racial equality, for those of us who come from feminism and from the fight for gender and sexual freedom, for those of us who come from queer and differently abled politics we feel the need to ask anew the question of community, of what is common to all of us, of what can we live without fearing the other.

Let us take this occasion to ask ourselves how do we want to live together, what is the community that we want to build.

I propose that we think of community as water. The most expanded chemical substance of the planet, present in every living being, though never having the same form: the water is changing constantly through a cycle of evaporation, becoming steam, and then becoming liquid, solidifying and becoming ice, the sky being just the sea in an altered form.
To get married to the water means to abandon identity and nationality and to become a liquid community able to permeate different soils and to cross political and moral frontiers without fear.

Let us communicate, build community and live together with all living human and non-human organisms.

As we marry the sick Sea today, let us be bound by a love bigger than human love, reaching non-human animals, the elements and the earth.

As we marry the Sea today, let us make love to water, have non-human sex with the elements.

As we marry the Sea today, we invite you to open your mouth, yours hands, yours vaginas, urethras and anuses to non-human love.

Annie and Beth I will now ask you to say your vows

BETO: Annie and Beth, are you ready to make your vows to each other?

Beth:  YES

Annie:  YES

Artists’ Statement

Artists' Statement

WE ARE THE LOVE ART LABORATORY, an artist couple dedicated to doing art projects that explore, generate, and celebrate love. We orchestrate performance art weddings in collaboration with various international communities. Each wedding is site-specific, interactive, and utilizes a different theme and color based on the seven chakra system (inspired by artist Linda Montano's 14 Years of Living Art.) The Love Art Laboratory grew out of our response to the violence of war, the anti-gay marriage movement, and the corporate greed causing the destruction of our planet. Our projects are symbolic gestures, which aim to instill hope, to be an antidote to fear, and act as a call to action.

THIS PAST YEAR, WE MARRIED the Earth in a magnificent redwood tree grove in California, we married the Sky in Oxford, England, and we had what may have been the first queer wedding in the Balkans, in Zagreb, Croatia. Hundreds of people attended these weddings and helped to create them through their generous collaborations.

FOR OUR SEVENTH WEDDING, AND IN OUR BLUE YEAR we will marry the Sea. We are passionately in love with her and desire to take care of her in order to help save her. We are eco-sexuals, meaning that we find nature incredibly romantic, extraordinarily sensual, and an exquisite lover. Additionally, we are "sexecologists," who combine sexology and ecology, and we intend to make the environmental movement a little sexier.

WHY MARRY THE SEA IN VENICE? During the Renaissance, the Doge (chief magistrate) decreed that, "Venice must marry the sea as a man marries a women and thus become her Lord." So each year the Doge would go out on a boat and drop a ring into the water. But can people really Lord over the Sea? What is perfectly clear is that people do have the power to destroy her, and are rapidly doing so. We will follow the tradition of marrying the Sea in Venice—as two women who have moved beyond the dominant-male and submissive-female dynamic, as seductive eco-sexual artists, and as global citizens who care deeply about the welfare of our planet.

THE FEAR SOCIETY PAVILION IS THE PERFECT PLACE for this wedding as we are afraid of the total destruction of our beautiful environment. The Sea has a fast growing cancer made of islands of plastic the size of Texas. She is suffocating from gasses caused by our pollution. Globally, 90% of her large fish have been wiped out. She's overheating. Her reefs have been brutally destroyed. She's being raped and... Need we go on? And we simply can't live without her.

LOVING THE SEA EROTICALLY takes us all deliciously deep, deep, deep inside our primordial selves. Our bodies are made largely of water so in fact we are the Sea. We hope that our guests will take vows to love and protect Sea along with us. Now let's get wet!