Post 4 – Porn is the elephant in the room of the Internet

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I Love Your Work (2013) – Jonathan Harris

‘I Love Your Work’ in an interactive documentary about  a single day in the lives of nine female sex workers in New York City.

The project contains 2202 ten-second clips of whatever was happening at that present moment, every five minutes. The clips provide fractured windows into the realities of those who make fantasies; they are partially teasers for porn, but ultimately ‘teasers for life’ according to Harris.

The project is limited to just ten viewers per day, and tickets cost $10 each — inverting the usual dynamics of Internet porn (free, on-demand, and limitless). There is a calendaring system for booking a date.

With a subversive sense of what we really want, porn taps into what is just below the surface — what is not yet accepted by mainstream society, yet what is in us anyway — percolating, potent, and primal. In this way, porn is a predictor of culture. The willingness of porn stars to open their lives to an anonymous public foreshadows broader cultural shifts around privacy, authenticity, sexuality, and self-promotion, where the lines between life and work are increasingly blurry.

Harris’ work could shed some light on sex workers and help pull them out of an industry loaded with negative connotations, particularly towards the women in its industry. It can be seen as an attempt to humanise and create a sense of understanding.

Harris, J., 2013, ‘I Love Your Work’, New York, viewed 16 August 2016, <http://iloveyourwork.net/&gt;

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