XPOSED! 2022 PRESENTERS
INDIGEO VOLO • XPOSED 2022 Kink Conference
Featuring presenters from Victoria, Vancouver, and Seattle;
Classes, dungeon parties, vendors, and more!
Class Type *advanced*: Lecture and Demonstration – audience participation encouraged!
We often call BDSM ‘play’, and shy away from exposing the therapeutic and cathartic side of what we do. But what about when you want to push the boundaries of where you think you can go as a bottom or as a top? If you’ve ever wanted to integrate spiritual and emotional release and transformation into a scene, this class aims to give you tools to arm yourself for a journey into the dark part of play.
We will learn to use tools, psychology, and environmental factors to induce altered states and push past limitations, to surprise ourselves with what the human mind, body, and connection is capable of achieving.
We will be conducting an ordeal during the class, and will ask for but not expect audience participation. Please don’t arrive more than fifteen minutes late.
Class Type *advanced*: Lecture and Demonstration
Pokey, stabby, bleedy. Needle play is intoxicating – shiny, visceral, methodical.
This class is part energy work, part Gandalf. Why do we put needles where we do? How can needle placement change the feeling in our bodies, aside from just the pain?
Learn how to use just a few needles to create an intense scene, and how a lightweight needle bottom can take hundreds, if given the right environment and attention. Learn to place needles in places to help chronic pain and mental fatigue, and to bring forth emotion and energy. Then watch how to tie these things together with some advanced needle play sure to get the blood rushing.
Class Type *all levels*: Demonstrations and Hands-on
An all-levels mean rope class from the depths of Xanthine’s witchy dyke heart. Minimal knots, rough textures, chemical assists, tension, compression, and attention to reaction and rhythm layer on a slowly encroaching, encompassing, snarly, sexy, woo-soaked blossoming onion of pain and sensation that capture and snare sadist, masochist, and rope partners together.
Bring rope (ideally sisal, manilla, coconut, and other scratchy fibres if you have them. Xanthine will have some on hand for cheap), twine if you have some, gloves if you need them, and a partner to tie with.
CARTER BRULEE (he/him)
Class Type: Lecture and Discussion
Let’s be real, gender is a complex and multifaceted construct. There are so many aspects from gender identity, to gender presentation, and gender expression, before we even get into the societal contributions and gender roles and expectations. This class focuses on the many diverse ways you can play with gender in kink. Whether you are hoping to explore alternative presentations, affirm someone’s identity, embarrass them, or play with darker things like gender dysphoria, this discussion-based class explores the many facets of gender play and discusses negotiation considerations, strategies for fucking with gender in your play.
Class Type: Lecture, Discussion, and Demonstration
When considering risk profiles and preparedness people often consider the physical risks of their play; less time goes into the emotional risks of play. Sometimes we have done everything “right” and yet a person is somehow triggered by something unexpected or drops hard (be they a top or a bottom). This workshop focuses on strategies for preparing in advance for negative emotional outcomes (expected or unexpected) and will walk through practical skills for managing distress. Skills learned in this class can be applied to yourself or your partners and loved ones. (Carter holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology).
Class Type: Discussion and Demonstration
Have you ever felt like “masochist” as a label just didn’t quite resonate with you, despite playing with pain? Or you’ve been aroused by doing that one thing you hate for a partner and just couldn’t find the words for why. Then maybe your fetish is for suffering. Suffering can include more than just pain play, maybe you really hate being forced to stand still, or use self-degrading language, or folding laundry. In this class, Carter discusses various types of suffering, negotiation, aftercare, and exploring your boundaries with this type of play. Let’s talk about navigating through what can be painful, nasty, bitter, miserable, and ultimately, incredibly hot.
GLORIA JACKSON-NEFERTITI (She/Her)
Do you experience guilt, shame, and feelings of inferiority around your kinks, sexuality/sexual expression, gender identity, and/or race? Do you constantly compare yourself to others? Do you see yourself as defective?
This interactive workshop tackles the topic of personal shame and the damage that it causes when left unchecked. It also gives participants the opportunity to understand the meaning of shame, learn the difference between guilt and shame, gain awareness of shaming phrases and behaviors, and recognize when someone is shaming them.
Class type: Lecture and demonstration, followed by Q&A.
It’s not mind over matter, rather mind in synergy with matter. How do we prepare the mind and the body to have their containers punctured, and what pathways do we leave open in the wake of these messy and primal acts? Join me for an indulgent presentation of ritual piercing in theory and practice. Lecture and demo, followed by Q&A.
Barkas (They/Them) and Addie (She/her)
BARKAS AND ADDIE’S CLASSES
This introduction to suspension class utilizes an easily adaptable suspension that can be tied on any upper body harness and adjusted to accommodate any level of suspension experience. The class focuses on solid fundamentals – what a suspension line is, how it works, and what makes it more (or less) safe. We will look at line management, body mechanics and balance, gauging intensity and play, all with the goal of facilitating a positive and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.
(Those with more experience are welcome! We will also point out where the suspension can be expanded upon to create more challenging sequences, up to a multi-transition sequence with several options for exiting.)
Pre-requisites – a suspension-worthy upper body harness, ability to tie a single column tie reliably and smoothly, supportive and positive dynamic between tying partners. Switching, trios, and observers welcome.
Barkas began developing Ranboo in 2011 as a way to inject movement, surprise, and dynamics into (often unfortunately static) tying. Eventually this style was named Ranboo, which means stormy or overwhelming. Ranboo uses changes in tempo and intensity to maintain suspense, engagement, and momentum. This highly dynamic style can appear rough but has a heavy focus on safety.
Prerequisites: Single column tie.
This class will focus on the experiences of those who like to be tied, particularly on developing an understanding of what we like/need/want in ropes, how we can explore safely and positively, and what options and resources we have to influence and contribute to our environment in healthy and fulfilling ways. We will look at a combination of physical and emotional factors when being tied, as well as social/political dynamics that affect and inform the spaces in which we practice ropes.
This is a lecture-based class. Those who are not tied are welcome (encouraged!) to observe but are asked not to interject.
In this class we are going to sit down and talk about being mean, cruel and sadistic in a way that’s sustainable for us. Edge players are known for pushing the limits, but this evolution of self doesn’t happen overnight; and it doesn’t always come with instructions for being okay with it afterwards. In fact, society teaches us to play nice and not to hit or be too bossy. Well, I say fuck that! I want to cover how to get past those social norms, embrace your inner sadist and still be able to sleep great at night.
Some of us don’t play fair. Others don’t want to be played fair with. Making unfair situations with people often involves manipulation, advantage, and leverage – which is also some of the building blocks of coercion. How can we embrace imbalances of power, and still maintain consent that looks and feels good to everyone involved?
HYPNOSIS 101: THE ELMAN INDUCTION
Are you wanting to get into hypnosis, but don’t know where to start? This class is for you! Heyden will cover the Elman induction, which is a basic hypnotic induction that works for most folks. Further, he’ll talk about consent as it relates to hypnosis, as well as the basic theory behind how and why hypnosis works. With demos, and plenty of time to practice if you are so inclined to— come with a partner, or pair up during the class. This class is for all levels, genders, orientations and assumes no prior experience with hypnosis and BDSM.
LONG TERM MEMORY PLAY IN HYPNOTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Memory play in hypnotic scenes can be incredibly hot, both causing things to be forgotten and creating false memories and scenarios. Long term memory play in a relationship adds another level of risk and reward. We'll talk about how to negotiate and get consent for something that could be considered irreversible as well as making sure things are as reversible as possible. Advice on how to structure long term suggestions and how to leverage the skills in both hypnotist and subject for best success will be addressed as well as sample negotiations and a simple demonstration.