Panel Discussion

Netporn: Do-it-yourself

26 August 2006

Location: Centraal Museum

Internet and pornography are still two peas in a pot. But in what ways do individuals actively make use of the interactive possibilities with regard to their own pornographic experiences?

Sergio Messina and ‘Show-n-tell’ will present their work in this couch. club and will discuss the role of the individual in online pornography. Sergio Messina is a journalist and internet researcher. He is the founder of the term ‘realcore’. He will talk about DIY porn online. People create their own porn, for their own satisfaction, by making use of possibilities like myspace and webcams. Desire is more important than beauty, reality is better than artifice and pleasure comes before commerce. Porn becomes personal. ‘Show-n-tell’ is the creator of the book Webaffairs, an artistic review of her experiences in the world of webcam erotica. She started out as a voyeur, but later on became a participant in this digital erotic world, where individual users performed their sexual desires in front of the camera or in chats. She dramatized the images and texts before putting them into her book, making it less descriptive and more personal.

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