September 17th 2011 // 972 Fifth Avenue, NYC

First installation for Crossing the Line, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) fall festival.

The Spermbar is a regular New York food cart located on 5th Avenue that will be transformed on the day of the event. Spermbar will evoke a proper asceptic sperm bank, while maintaining its street food cart quality to emphasize the easy access and popular aspect of the conventional American sperm bank. Presented for the first time during the opening of the French Institute Alliance Française's Crossing the Line festival, the Spermbar is an allegory of the complex and increasingly commoditized choices surrounding reproduction in contemporary society.

Inaugurated in 2007, the Crossing the Line festival has been voted “Best of 2009” and “Best of 2010” by Time Out New York, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times wrote: “One of the fall's most exciting and thought provoking performance events” (2010).

Conceived and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading New York cultural institutions, Crossing the Line 2011 is co-curated by Lili Chopra (Artistic Director, FIAF) and Simon Dove (Director, Herberger Institute School of Dance, Arizona State University). As the curators say of the festival, “Crossing the Line invites New Yorkers to re-imagine the world in which they live, and to re-consider the role they play in it.”