SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Life Model Sessions
Every Tuesday Starting February 4
8:30-10:00 PM, Montgomery Hall
Visiting Artist Talk: Kathleen Hall
February 26th, 4:45 PM, Library 321
Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Sachs
Sarah received her BA in Studio Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2006. In 2008, she received her Masters of Art in Digital Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 2009 she received her Masters of Fine Art in Photography and Digital Imaging, also from Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her fine art work, Sarah explores the dichotomy between human and digital memory, how the two influence one another, and how they are affected by natural and technological elements of decay. She hopes to create a dialogue about the relationships between personal memory, society’s collective memory, and collective cultural identity.
Abstract:The truth of sex, Michel Foucault explains, was produced in Western society through Confession, which creates a relationship of power and judgment. He suggests that there is another means of producing the truth about sex which has been utilized in many cultures: erotic art. In erotic art, he explains, "truth is drawn from pleasure itself, understood as a practice and accumulated as experience; pleasure is not considered in relation to an absolute law of the permitted and the forbidden, nor by reference to a criterion of utility, but first and foremost in relation to itself; it is experienced as pleasure, evaluated in terms of intensity, its specific quality, its duration, its reverberations in the body and the soul."
Japanese culture, despite its reputation of homogeneity and repression, has a rich history of erotic art. For hundreds of years printmakers have created wonderfully explicit shunga, which often portrays acts of sex, masturbation, erotic involvement of humans and animals, rape, and orgiastic gatherings, all in spectacular detail. In the 1960s the Obsessional Art movement generated artworks and performances which dealt with the taboos of society, sex, death and madness.
The censored society of contemporary Japan currently produces some of the most thrillingly sensual, perverse and erotic film in the world. Erotic film can unapologetically illustrate a conception of sexual identity which is at odds with the norm and thereby form a space which demands question and speculation. Film develops a space which the viewer can momentarily enter and experience bodily. Through sexual relationships that defy the norm, experimental Japanese erotic cinema often suggests that gender, physiological sex, sexuality and power are not necessarily connected. Through their separation, normalized sexual identity can be deconstructed.