The day began with Marina discussing the topics of lovers and performance documentation. The day ended with watching a scene from Love Hard, a hard-core feminist porn.
Over the residency, conversations consistently orbited the topic of ‘performance documentation’. Marina was direct and well rehearsed with this topic: you must capture the dynamics at play between people and objects; centralise the action and get rid of anything extraneous; build the camera into the concept of the piece; and prioritise the audience or viewers experience. As I reflect on this diagram months later, it now seems so obvious. An artist must never fall in love with another artist. A performance artist must fall in love with a feminist pornographer.
Who else would be better to capture on camera the dynamics at stake in an action? To determine and visualise the central action of a performance? To deal with hard-core actions and duration? To translate the jouissance of a moment? Someone adept at directing and visualizing sex.
And not just any pornographer: definitively a feminist pornographer. Someone who understands a consensual process, can share a fun intimacy with the performer, is sensitive and responsive to an intimate action, and prioritizes clear communication.
Lovers and performance documentation: a productive oscillation.
Frances Barrett is Runway’s guest blogger for #28 Movement.