Transcript for #unit festival, 08.05.2015
Welcome to our little private space in a public sphere that is open to everybody. It is an art to organize such thing. And we queers are so good at that, transgressing the border of the public and private and disturbing so many perceived binaries. We create our safe zones – safety, for which so often queer people need to fight. To safely indulge in pleasures, out for cruising, go to sex parties and darkrooms and lately chat on grindr. The Internet does amazing things to the worldwide community. Queer seems a very good fit to the Internet.
I wrote the following text accompanying Frank Eickhoff’s excellent exhibition #APPARENTLY, CEMETERIES ARE FULL OF NAPPING COPS at Lage Egal. The text is also a station of the highly inspiring years 2013 and 2014, when I had great talks and exchange with Frank and Yunuen Rhi. The text is a multilog between Frank’s piece, the Yunuen and me.
Estimates tell us, that the market of mobile internet users will grow fastest in non-Western countries.
Der Mensch blickt in den Weltraum und glaubt von “allen Seiten die Augen des Weltalls teleskopisch auf sein Handeln und Denken gerichtet zu sehen”. Dadurch wird auch noch der bescheidenste Mensch vor Stolz “sofort wie ein Schlauch aufgeschwellt”.
Wenn aber die Erkenntnis nicht mehr so unbefangen aus sich herausgeht und sich in der äußeren Natur zurückgespiegelt findet, wenn die Erkenntnis vielmehr sich auf sich selbst zurückwendet, dann kann es geschehen, daß sie sich als einsames Prinzip inmitten einer erkenntnislosen Natur begreift. Erkenntnis wird selbstbezüglich, sie bemerkt ihren eigenartigen Autismus.
Rüdiger Safranski: Nietzsche. Biographie seines Denkens, München 2000, S. 175
For some clues, I am passing on this link from livescience.com, which made a delighting morning lecture:
Bondage Benefits: BDSM Practitioners Healthier Than ‘Vanilla’ People
Also discussed in my post on Desire and Technology
Some Design principles taken from the book Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter
When designing interfaces and websites it turns out many principles and guidelines being used in online marketing and social media can also be applied for designing a good user experience.
Way beautiful is this dress made by Studio Roosegaarde.
The dress is made out of e-foils which respond to changes in the heart rate of the model. It becomes transparent! Wow. While this is a very erotic and aesthetic example of human-machine interaction, i find it also somewhat blunt. While the designers claim that this high-tech project is an experiment in social interaction, there is no real social interaction or play involved. They make use of a simple feedback system.
This points to a problem deeply seated in todays application of new technologies being mostly so one-sided. Furthermore, it is rarely desired to show arousal in public. Unless you are an exhibitionist this dress would probably also be conflictual with some people wearing it.
So here is a thought to spice things up:
Why not handing someone a remote control which tracks the heart rate and optionally switches on transparency?? After all, this dress reaches its full potential in erotic play between two or more people who like to share intimacy. Wouldn’t you agree that not being in control (in a consensual way) over being exposed is what makes it so much fun?!