POrnography and BOdy
The eighties in the ex-Yugoslav territory witnessed the over sexualisation of the video medium that was not only a process of art-political reflexivity of the much repressed sexuality in Socialism and Communism but the process of distancing, disassociating the video medium from it sisters: from film and the TV medium. This process was carried out with the externalization of sexuality perceived, learned and adopted from the underground film tradition conceived by Fasbinder, Rosa von Praunheim, Warhol, etc. (their films were shown in the underground venues in Ljubljana in the eighties). The externalization of sexuality took the form of overtly staged pornography and gender confusion (gender-bending) of gay, lesbian and transvestite sexual attitudes. It was a process that can be explained simply in a way: that the sexual and civil rights(!) stereotypes, prototypes and types were not only consumed in and by the underground, but immediately performed and staged in the private rooms and bedrooms in front a VHS camera, acquiring thus a status of a political positioning of the sexual and social par excellence. In these works the masquerade of reaproproation ensured not only the simple question of the formation of identity of the artists or of the underground community but the process of negotiation with multiple in the direction to produce continually ambiguous and unbalanced situations and identities. The acquired hybrid and nonheterosexual positioning of sexuality, in the remarkably nonpermeable gender boundaries context of the communist Eastern Europe, was a way of overtly politicizing of the sexual in socialism and communism and a fight for civil rights. These processes of over sexualisation that can be perceived as a clear contemporary gender politics are performed in the nineties, after the fall of the Berlin wall, in all the other ex-Eastern-European countries (for example artists Mare Tralla, Andrei Ventslova, etc.). .
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SUPERFEM AVATARS/DIGITAL SELFREPRESENTATIONS
On the construction of digital personalities, needs and desires
*Viral Sex, female conspiracy plan for project realisation in follow up events/meetings/online collaboration*
*resulting VRML project: online avatars*
*codesses solving godesses*
Reflections for superfem avatars:
this presentation will be based on my experience I made shooting and showing two of my documentaries, which are also part of my homepage (www.http.geocities.com/SoHo/Studios/1023). "Mutter aus Passion" (Mother out of Passion) was shot in South Germany in a small town and in the northern cities of Germany: Bremen, Berlin and Hamburg. The film is about abortion and the right of women to experience LUST without thinking about preventative (LUST without ANTICIPATION). My lecture is about my experiences moving between countries in east and west as well as countryside and cities as a lustfull and WEBgoing women. I will show (interactive) text and animated stills from the films as part of my homepage as well as small pieces of my films.
Helene von Oldenburg
The future is visible
A new method derived in a series of elegant entomological investigations allows an unexpected view into the future of earth: The today dominating Homo sapiens will be superseded by an arachnomorphic species. The recently developed method not only places arachnology into an anthropological context, but considers the arachnotic structure of images as they frequently appear among other places in the human psyche and everyday life. Related discoveries from different sciences like evolutionary psychology, experimental physics or sociobiology show the highly significant preference for a variety of thread-bound constructions like lines, knots or nets. When analyzing the underlying structure of our ideas and inventions we find a networking dynamic in nearly every part of life, science, art or society.
The human mind is build like a network, is organized as one and functions as one as well. Thereby it is the perfect link between a future population on earth and today. The result is a widely spread thread fixatation, an obsession with weblike organisations and all kinds of rituals honoring future-related devices. A spiderous authority takes no risk to get the desired constellation:
And we carry out a spinning future!
The lecture will
There are two theses I'd like to discuss in my lecture:
1. The sexual difference is visible
2. The sexual difference is invisible.
You may find this amazing or even contradictory, but I still hope to find your agreement after my excurses that these two theses are not necessarily excluding one each other. There are some discussions and theorists, some graphics and filmstills - as well as some experiments on perception I shall call to help for my changing perspectives on these crucial points of feminism itself: the glance and the difference.
If you don't mind I'd like to start with a pictorial illustration of the
visibility of this difference. (timeless, isn't it? ) There won't be very
much to say after you'll have seen this on my slide, because - as always -
looking on a picture tends to swallows the words. Especially this sort of
my interest in the area of new media is fuelled by a mixture of scepticism (who is excluded from technotopia?) and enthusiasm for the playful possibilities of the media. Our experiences, especially in the Western world, are increasingly mediated by new technologies, affecting our sense of ourselves and the mechanisms by which the rules of our sexuality are learned. In the rush to leave the meat behind, the disembodied self is relishing its new found flexibility and freedom while conversely, the desire for and obsession with information seems to be reaching fetishistic proportions. In the new millennium I want to be able to choose my own prostheses and create my own cyberspace identikit. As a female artist I feel well equipped for the job.