Tutorial Notes – Adrienne Evans (Ady)

  • The reason that this subjec is hard to define in terms of the definitions for pornogrpahy and erotica is because there is legally no definition for them – it is non exiistent.
  • Obscenity – refers to the things that could trouble the minds of people. – this has referred to pornography in some cases in a legal way.
  • Laura Maulvey’s film theory work ONLY sees the gaze as a heterosexual male would, it does not take into account the way in which a lesbian female would look at a male of a gay
  • male would look at a male. Nor does it take into account the gaze that a heterosexual female would gaze at a male. – THIS IS A KEY POINT TO REMEMBER.
  • I must be careful how I implement my project.
  • Look more in-depth at censorship, ethics, history, society, culture, emotions & embodiment – how are people going to feel about my project – MUST THINK ABOUT THE ETHICS OF THIS PROJECT.
  • What is my personal identity as the photographer within this project?
  • The theme that runs through the core of this project is a collaboration between the photographer, the image and the viewer. – KEY POINT.
  • Porn was seen as harmful until the 1980’s, at this point the perspective of porn changed.

The Biggest Point that I must keep in the back of my mind when continuing my research –

  • Erotica is for women – and is normally in the format of the written word.
  • Pornography is for men and is usually in the format of Visual work.

THIS IS THE BINARY THAT HAS BEEN CONSTRUCTED BY SOCIETY, AND I AM GOING TO BE CHALLENGING THIS BINARY BY CREATING A MULTI SENSORY, SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE PIECE.

Looks like porn because it is visual but feels like erotica due to the aspect of  suggestibility. 

Further Research Work – taken from this tutorial

  • Lady Chatilys Lover  – D.H. Lawrence
  • Hitchcock – suggests things happen when they weren’t. <look at the shower scene in the film phsyco.
  • Dirty Looks – Classic porn study.
  • Linda Williams – Porn studies – Hardcore/power, pleasure.
  • MUST LOOK AT THE WEBSITE – Cliterati < will give me loads of interesting leads, and people in this filed to look at.
  • Kendrich Secret Museum
  • Anna Span – She produces porn for women – I must look at her work !!
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