Last saturday I had the opportunity to attend this season’s Art of Restraint at feminist art gallery Femina Potens, where the theme was gratitude. For those of you outside the US, that was a nod at Thanksgiving, our contrived holiday about giving thanks for a mythological event having to do with pilgrims and Native Americans that more likely turned out like this scene from Addam’s Family Values than Hallmark would have you think. But for those of us sans family and other cultural outsiders, it’s a day where we seek our intentional family and ponder what we’re really thankful about.
Anyway, my dear dear friend Steve Diet Goedde was in town, so I dragged him to the private event. For a minute, young queer bondage performance artist FiveStar had a live UStream going of the (non-sexual) demonstration she was giving, but Ustream kicked her off when it started to get attention. Which brings me to wonder, why, if there is no FCC to hold us back from showing simple and natural human nudity on the Internet, why we are stuck with prudish entities like Ustream. That’s not why people like me were the first podcasters, know what I mean? That subject is a different post. Or maybe a startup I’ll make millions off of, I’m not sure which.
I had a press pass for the event, but decided to do something different than take typical event photos. I used the (free) FX Camera application for my new Android phone, Samsung Moment (LOVE it), and using the ToyCam effect, I put a simulated cross-process emulator on the camera and chose the simulated pinhole effect in the application to frame the shots. The result was like looking through a keyhole, and very old-timey — and tasteful. It was the perfect voyeuristic medium; even moreso when I randomly live-uploaded mysterious shots to my Twitter stream and Flickr. I’m now really in love with the idea of making advanced tech look like degraded media of yore.
The whole Flickr set, all of the images, is here. There is nothing sexually explicit but you will need to be signed in and have SafeSearch turned off. Otherwise, enjoy my favorites after the jump — and for more ‘real’ looking images, look at Femina Potens photographers’ set of the event.