In this frank and forthright discussion, artist and curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham and writer Carrie Miller discuss their personal histories with porn. The emotional honesty of their conversation is reassuring, foregrounding the complex relationships that we all have to sex and pornography, in one form or another. Their conversation touches on themes from anxiety to nostalgia, addiction, fantasy and Hugh Grant.
Gastroporn, or The Sexualised Eater looks at the work of three women artists— Kawita Vatanajyankur, Elizabeth Willing, and Jodie Whalen—who use eating and food in their performances. These artists riff on the sexualisation of food and eating, and at the same time examine the fraught relationships between women and food in our culture.
Curator Sebastian Goldspink interviews artist Samuel Hodge about his first paid photography job— to take stills on a porn set for a film that would later be titled Red Centre. These photographs are vernacular and take on the aesthetic that accompanies much pornography, while also tinged with a strange melancholy.
Writing duo Sunday School (Kelly Doley and Diana Smith) delve into the erotically charged archives of artist Pat Larter. Their responses, which take the form of letters written to the (now deceased) artist and to each other, try to understand why Pat Larter has been largely left out of art history.
This discussion between curator Toby Chapman and artist Ben Terakes explores the influence of pornography in Terakes’ work. Ranging from the domestic scale and ergonomic design of dildos to zoophilia and objects that resemble props from porn sets, Terakes’ work enmeshes porn with the everyday.
In this study of two feminist pornographic films—Amber (dir: Gala Vanting and Frank Ly, Sensate Films, 2012) and The One on the Bottom (dir: Zahra Stardust and Mister T, 2012)—theorist and writer Jack Sargent argues that erotica is no different from pornography, and that the latter category holds revolutionary potential.
Writer Adrian Gerbers situates Francesca Heinz’s recent photographs and performances in the context of contemporary online porn culture. While many of these works reference art historical paintings, they are also deeply influenced by the landscape of digital imagery that structures the way we view sexualised imagery. Here Picasso, Manet and Titian come into contact with sexting, twerking, and celebrity instagram feeds.
Curator Tim Walsh examines a work by artist Patrick Staff called The Foundation. Combining documentary and contemporary dance, Staff’s piece looks at intergenerational queer relationships through the prism of the Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen) Foundation in Los Angeles, which maintains archives relating to the Finnish-born artist’s legacy.
Hello dears! Well, today we have a very special porn expert with us: female cum. Cum, as she likes to be known, wrote to me recently, complaining of the marginalisation of female pleasure and the need for a detailed, biologically-correct account of the orgasm. I thought this was a splendid idea, so I asked Cum …
When I was 14 I discovered pornography on our home computer accidentally through a pop up, and I knew what to do. Two weeks later my mother called a family meeting about a $300 internet bill that was for some reason coming via Afghanistan because of a pornography session on our home computer. “I dunno” …
My beloved namesake, the supreme expert on all matters of etiquette, Emily Post, once said: “There is no reason why you should be bored when you can be otherwise…life is too short to waste it in drawing blanks. Therefore, it is up to you to find as many pictures to put on your blank pages …
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.