A simple Google search for the words “Gay” and “Man” provide and enlightening view of the perception of the gay community by popular culture. According to Google, a ‘gay man’ is white, incredibly physically fit, usually without clothes, and polyamorous. This is a severely limited definition of gay males. From where does this perspective come? Why do we share this perspective? Google does not curate this perception; we, it’s users, do.Read More
Within gay culture the gym has become a sacred site. It has become a holy ground of immense tension for men and their potential partners. The gym is the place where one goes to build themselves into a commodity to be devoured. Men go to the gym to prepare for courtship; however, more importantly, it is also the site of many courtship rituals. Within the intoxicating air filled with testosterone, sweat, and body odor, glances are exchanged, compliments are given, and flirtation is provoked. It is the place of vulnerability, empowerment, potential, and release for those whom for most of their lives have been unable to explore their sexuality. To see and to bee seen: the atmosphere of the gym is not unlike the atmosphere of a bar or club.
A dumbbell atop of a fur pedestal. The dumbbell itself, slowly inching along the pedestal surface moving from one end to the other to complete its necessary set of reps. It grunts and releases its moans of exhaustion with every effort. What is the dumbbell alone? What is the dumbbell now as it is prostrated across fur? What type of conversation is created between these two subjects? The dumbbell has now become a sexual object and we are the voyeur participating in its seduction.
Collaborators: Chester Dols, Jordan Frand, and Ariana Vassilopoulou
Violence can be both oppressive and liberating. Violence is often viewed as a oppressive action that is a primitive response to dissatisfaction; where conversation and negotiation are the desired first steps for civilized response. However, with marginalized groups, conversation is a privilege that they do not have. Sometimes violence is the only way to start conversation and spark change.
This piece comes form a personal place of being victimized as a gay male. I wanted to examine my experiences but also open the conversation to solidarity. From what I have seen, it is rare for marginalized groups to stand together and for each other for basic civil rights. Often, the lack of identity between certain group is exclusionary and leads people to believe that their cause is not the same cause as other minorities.
Through the object of a bat, we pose a number of questions. What is the significance of the bat? What are the affects of inaction? Passive action? Who holds the bat? and when the bat is held, what is it’s function?
Left: Arduino code for our initial swing tests with accelerometer sensor.Read More