Maintenance Pornography is part of an in-progress research that looks into amateur sexcams, particularly the American website chaturbate.com, and explores domestic life in the context of Platform Capitalism. Through a performative installation, this project asks about the role of habits and maintenance practices in the incorporation of new economic and technological infrastructures. It is, at the same time, an affective exploration of an speculated, yet inhabited, networked domesticity: the domesticity of the online self.
[some exercises on] maintenance pornography
Chroniclove puts some oil on a frying pan, opens a cupboard and grabs a plastic bag. She puts two slices of bread on the pan and shows her feet to the camera while ties the bag, because one of the 1120 people connected through the chat asked what kind of shoes she was wearing. She returns the bag to the cupboard and cuts something on a wooden board. She shows it to the camera: a tomato. Someone writes to her: ‘you still have that scar from the pizza pan incident’.
- Maintenance and Care January 15, 2019 Maintenance Pornography was featured in ‘Maintenance and Care’, great article by the great Shannon Mattern > Places Journal. Many thanks!
- Sexcams in a dollhouse / 2018 July 28, 2018 Exciting news for 2018: I received a grant from Hexagram, under the brand new category ‘performative research’. This will involve the observation and performative interpretation (in the dollhouse, of course) of the work of that happens at Chaturbate, and I will do this in a residency at the Institute of Network Cultures, in Amsterdam. In preparation for this, I started building different sets for the dollhouse, with the fantastic help of Marian Salamovich, a great artist that happens to be my mother. Fantastic in so many levels. The dollhouse/miniature theatre was built by Ronnie Araya, talented architect and friend. More to come!