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Always dutiful, your faithful Pleasure Project reporter is here in Sydney attending the “Festival on the Art of Lust”.

Its a celebration of creative sexuality with artists exploring lust and sexuality. Just to add to your envy , it’s being held in a dance centre overlooking a bay in Sydney. So as I attend workshops intended to improve our sexual skills I can  gaze at the boats  zipping across the bay and glimpse the sun on the opera house.

Although good safe sex is not a focus of the conference my personal mission to talk to artists can help us deliver sex education that is sexy, appealing and accessible.

So I have to admit I started the day by being too shy to attend naked yoga. Aimed at getting you comfortable with your body. Just too much too quick for this intrepid reporter.

But I did go to two workshops both aimed at how to negotiate the type of sex or play  you want. This I hoped to be able to expand to increase safer sex.

So the day started with a workshop where half of us were blindfold and half not – the blindfolded people were encouraged to shout, push, avoid the touch they did not like. We explored through a series of gradually more daring exercises how to say no or how to accept the touch we liked. We focused on saying no in different ways. Shouting it, hitting back or escaping from it. It felt strange to touch strangers and sometimes have them tell you in no uncertain terms to leave them alone – but also respond positively. We could always use a safe word to make people leave us alone.

It’s rare that we have the opportunity to practise reacting to touch and fighting back. I imagine that women who have to deal with fairly constant sexual harassment, in many parts of the world, on public transport or other public spaces, might enjoy the chance to sharpen their reactions and the loudness of their “nos”.

There was also a workshop about “playfighting” – the kind of roll about puppy like play that we stop  as we grow up. It was surprising great fun. Again learning to let go and fight in a fun way.  We started with only our hands fighting and ended up rolling around with complete strangers giggling as we wrestled each other to the ground. And some of these Australian men are quite large and quite strong.

So all in all , it was a much more physical day than I expected, and not at all like a sexual health conference.

More from the frontline of lust, in your service, tomorrow.

 

 

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A friend well into her thirties recently asked me  what an orgasm felt like. She had never had one. To be honest I struggled with the words to describe it beyond the cliches of waves, hills and galloping white horses………but now in Delhi there is an exhibition that could just help.

“Orgasm”  is an exhibition to try and capture the essence of them by photographer Sunil Mane at Gallery Nvya. The exhibition is in a rather quiet staid Delhi mall and when I was there was surprisingly completely quiet. Maybe everyone in Delhi knows what orgasms look like.

The curators statement highlights the “brewing storm, the anticipation, the reaching out” that the photographer has attempted to capture with his pictures. It’s certainly an ambitious one.  Here are a couple of my favourites ….. although to be honest without the exhibition title I would probably not have guessed the subject matter. But I really liked the bold attempt and the use of photography to capture such an abstract concept. We do not after all get enough orgasm education.

When I went there I asked Paril the Gallery Manager how reaction had been to the images, she said that lots more people came (ho hum) than to usual exhibitions and the older people were fine, but  young people were more shocked. Bucking the myth that older people are more prudish when it comes to enjoying sexual pleasures. Or maybe with the grace of time more of them had had orgasms and were less worried about it….

I was most fascinated by the metal spoon, magnet and oil in the gallery that the photographer had used to make the  oil dance  then photograph with a huge magnifying lens. What that says about my orgasms I don’t know…….

 

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good. safe. sex. riiThe Pleasure Project is  featured in an Indian national paper – the Indian Express today – in a piece about art and social activism to promote safer sex. We are proud to be featured alongside  a Delhi art show that depicts the joy of female orgasms  and new sexy condom campaigns in India.

In the article the three worlds of advertising, art and public health are seen as coming together to “loosen corset strings” of straight laced Indian morality to bring “discussions of safe sex, pleasure and adventure into the foreground”.

Our sexy posters and postcards are a highlight. In the words of the writer Georgina Maddox.

“The message is unmissable: safe, yet pleasurable sex”

The Sex Talk Dilemma

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