Love Extremist S2 Ep1
Love Extremist Radio 
summer 2020
Ethan Lipsitz

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In the first episode of Season Two of Love Extremist Radio, Ethan speaks with his friend and fellow Love Extremist Zion Estrada about the challenges and opportunities to take love seriously when it is so often informed by our traumas.

As an artist, teacher, producer and cultural commentator, Estrada offers her optimism alongside critiques of how love is expressed or avoided in our society and ourselves. Listen to her sad love song, “Please Be Mine” by Molly Burch, here.

Read her recommendations: Conscious Loving by Gay Hendricks PhD & Kathlyn Hendricks PhD; Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown; All About Love by Bell Hooks; and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This critical perspective will be an important theme in Season Two as we dive deeper into what gets in the way of love in our personal and collective experience.

Zion Estrada (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist researcher living on Gabrielleno/Tongva/Chumash Land. Her work flows between archival assemblage filmmaking, sonic collage production and experiential design centering human and more-than-human (re)connection.

Zion’s  experimental collage language in film and sonic works often use layering of field recordings, found sounds and carefully curated sound clips that score a line of discourse that complicate temporality, history and meaning making. Her practice is informed by the palimpsest and Pauline Olivero’s Deep Listening. 

She is most interested in the non-verbal and more-than-human qualities of storytelling from the African diaspora (specifically the Caribbean) and how sounds hold the spirits of the past and the alchemic power to magnetize communities, movement, moods, and healing. She draws from the traditions of Black Trans abolitionists care making, sex worker solidarity,  doula presence practices and movement architects love of release.

Zion is currently is practicing in emergent transformative justice work with Abolition Dream lab practicing in radical learning communities how to prepare, account, release and re-story the harms we have caused, the roots the harms have in culture and systemic violence  while centering care, healing and rest.

Zion is the Creative Director of Black Discourse, co-founder of Wild Grass Design + Research Lab and owner of BZE Consultant LLC.  She holds a M.A. Ed focused in participatory research and linquistics.

Director of Programs at BLD PWR; holds 10yrs as educator and curriculum developer.

Board member at Citizens of Culture
Exhibitor at the Ghetto Biennale in Jacmel, Haiti 2024
Participant in MIT Worlding Project Community 2023