Event

Pleasure Plus ‘Art or Porn? ‘

20 Feb 5:30pm -
20 Feb 6:30pm

344 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC
Australia

Free

Dr Evelyn Tsitas, Dr Judith Glover, Kate Just & Gerwyn Davies

Pleasure celebrates artists who use the body to not only embellish and adorn but also as a personal and intimate metaphor.

While we live in a world where sexualised imagery is commonplace, artists have for centuries used the body as a canvas to explore identity and intimacy. Many of the works in Pleasure are highly erotic or graphic in their content. However, they depict pleasure through an alternative lens, providing the nuanced perspectives of voices usually silenced in an online pornographic culture.

In this provocative panel discussion, we pose the question: is there a distinction between art and pornography, and if so, what is it?

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About the artists:

Dr Judith Glover, from RMIT’s industrial design program, specialises in design and sexual health innovation. According to her research, people are more likely to own a sex toy as they get older, and bodies start to fail us and we lose our sensitivity and control. Her bespoke ceramic hand-made dildos are about the acts of self love and pleasure, of slowing down and exploration.

Dr Kate Just is an award-winning contemporary artist and academic who has worked extensively with representations of the body, feminism, and queer arts theory and practice. In addition to her highly crafted solo artworks, Just often works socially and collaboratively within the community to create large scale, public projects that tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women.

Gerwyn Davies’ highly contrived photographic works feature playful self-transformation and invoke the parody, artifice and excess of a Camp sensibility. Each image revels in the spectacle and surface central to a Camp aesthetic and each act of concealment aims to resist a normative reading, queering the represented body through sculptural malformations.

Image credit: Gerwyn Davies, Bed, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

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