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Video Series, 2016
16:9 Full-HD, 15:00 min

“POSE” is an installation that explores and contextualizes pornography in a performative setup. From a psychoanalytical point of view pornography is understood simultaneously as a medium of consumption, connecting with the viewer through various screens and devices, as well as a production of desires. The video-installation “POSE” looks at mainstream pornography as an apparatus that serves a pre-constructed vision of what should be felt — critically questioning pornography’s influence and effects on sexual identities. Nowadays pornography is being censored by the hegemonic distribution of power, therefore limiting the access to a multiplicity of positions on explicit sex.

In “POSE” Valentin Braun, the face of new wave gay porn, is forced to follow the artist’s instructions. His body is directed like a marionette. Simultaneously the artist takes the role of the director of photography, controlling two studio cameras on tripods. New framings and compositions are constantly created through body and camera positions and by changing focal lengths. The performance is framed by a single uninterupted take of 60 minutes which exactly maches the maximum recording limit of the S-VHS tapes. The lighting of the scene follows the basic rules of a technical set-up in mainstream porn productions. While the camera is constantly composing new images and scenes, it is sometimes showing light stands, cables and video equipment, revealing the filmmaking process.

November 14th–29th 2015 at Ex-Acciaierie Ansaldo Via Tortona Milano