Screw the System: power and pornography

Lecture & Discussion
Johannes Grenzfurthner
MuseumsQuartier Raum D
April 5, 2019

Sex is one of the most intimate and at the same time most political themes of human existence. We are sexual, technological, narrative and political beings.  We have our preferences and kinks, and we do everything we can to make them either come true - or be passively consumed.  How and when and in what way we do this is strongly influenced by the social context.  Pornography, the most wondrous of all forms of commercial art, reminds us that we are stuck in a power structure.  This doesn't necessarily have anything to do with pornography itself, but it shows that imbalances have digged deep into the foundations of our civilization and dominate our view of sexuality.  But our approach to sex and its portrayal in the media can help to change and break up these social codifications.  Marx's categorical imperative is to overturn all conditions in which man is a humiliated, a subjugated, an abandoned, a contemptible being.  And of course this also applies (and is unfortunately forgotten again and again) to our sexual relationships.  Johannes Grenzfurthner wants to address the question of how we can help pornography save itself - and society.

Johannes Grenzfurthner

Johannes Grenzfurthner is a Vienna-based artist, filmmaker, writer, performer and researcher. As founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally-acting art and theory group, he has created several films and other artistic projects. Aside from his creative work, Johannes works as lecturer and organizer for media and tech festivals. His work focuses on topics such as contemporary art, media theory, debates about intellectual property and sex technology.

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