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NAME: Webcam Venus

AUTHOR: American artists Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia for F.A.T. Lab.

DESCRIPTION: Classical works of art are reproduced by online sexcam performers. Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia spent a few hours each day asking on online chats “Would you like to pose for me?”. The performers who agreed replicated the poses found in iconic paintings of da Vinci, Raphael, Degas or Modigliani.

AMUSEMENT RATE: The piece is “an experimental homage to both fine art and the lowbrow internet phenomenon of cams.” The difference between pornography and art can be thin and often lies in the viewer’s eyes. Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia consider that today’s porn is not that different from the painted nudes, they both use the media of their time to convey an erotic imagery and a certain definition of beauty. Buried under the heavy classical codes of Western art, the sexual aspect of the paintings has vanished. What would happen if these codes were reinterpreted with today’s media? The sexcam performers striking the pose might offer a rawer vision than the classical paintings but some of them definitely share the grace of their older counterparts. Cam4 just got a bit poetic.


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By AMUSEMENT

NAME: Webcam Venus

AUTHOR: American artists Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia for F.A.T. Lab.

DESCRIPTION: Classical works of art are reproduced by online sexcam performers. Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia spent a few hours each day asking on online chats “Would you like to pose for me?”. The performers who agreed replicated the poses found in iconic paintings of da Vinci, Raphael, Degas or Modigliani.

AMUSEMENT RATE: The piece is “an experimental homage to both fine art and the lowbrow internet phenomenon of cams.” The difference between pornography and art can be thin and often lies in the viewer’s eyes. Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia consider that today’s porn is not that different from the painted nudes, they both use the media of their time to convey an erotic imagery and a certain definition of beauty. Buried under the heavy classical codes of Western art, the sexual aspect of the paintings has vanished. What would happen if these codes were reinterpreted with today’s media? The sexcam performers striking the pose might offer a rawer vision than the classical paintings but some of them definitely share the grace of their older counterparts. Cam4 just got a bit poetic.


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