Posts Tagged ‘ Pop ’

Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 3.1)

Extreme Sexuality 1

The Liberation Principle

“The Matrix is surely the kind of film about the matrix that the matrix would have been able to produce” (Baudrillard, 2004)

As free-market globalisation and the artificial instruments of technology have intersected with the formerly established sex categories of male and female; and as discourse was liberated from its containment within these essentialist categories, an identity continuum was born right across the sex/gender spectrum. An identity continuum that liberated sex from its biological and social poles, opening it up as a market of unlimited, polymorphic potential.[1]

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Some Thoughts on K-Punk @ Virtual Futures 2011

“We believed that the cybernetic approach to consciousness – whipped up frothy – would carry us to a plateau overlooking a pleasant mirror, but instead left us blathering in a dressed up solitude of manikin planets, twirling in a blank and unfriendly spaciousness.” (Steven Jesse Bernstein: The Sport Pt.1 – Prison)

During 2011’s Virtual Futures conference at Warwick University, Mark Fisher (K-Punk) presented some reservations about the internet and mobile technologies, emphasizing their depersonalising, commodifying and anxiety producing aspects and making the claim that we got on OK prior to their appearance (See Here for Talk). The following is a catalogue of thoughts and observations that occurred in response to that talk. Continue reading

Lady Gaga (The Iconic Medium)

“Madonna is desperately seeking a body able to generate illusion, a naked body consumed by its own appearance. She would like to be naked, but she never manages it. She is perpetually harassed, if not by leather and metal, then by the obscene desire to be naked, by the artificial mannerism of exhibition. But this produces total inhibition and, for the spectator, radical frigidity. So, paradoxically she ends up personifying the frenetic frigidity of our age.” (Baudrillard, The Perfect Crime p. 127)

Prior to reading Camille Paglia’s ‘explosive’ article on Lady Gaga, I thought I’d have to work to bring out every interesting motif in Gaga’s work. As it happens, Continue reading