In , we asked online sexcam performers to replicate iconic works of art.
This piece is an experimental homage to both fine art and the lowbrow internet phenomenon of cams.
centerfold, most might say it’s no contest: one is art and the other pornography. Are Botticelli and Hugh Hefner really that different?
Both project fantasy and erotic imagery through the media of their day.
To create this experiment in high and low brow media, we assumed anonymous handles and spent a few hours each day for a month asking performers: “Would you like to pose for me? By operating in the language of sexcams, we alter the contemporary ideal of beauty with the ubiquitous display of sexuality online.
We challenge the institutions which enforce false perceptions of propriety—via nudity in classical painting—as the only form of acceptable safe-for-work beauty.
Publicly presented traditional paintings and sculptures are prevalent with sexuality and gender politics, and yet the display of nudity online is usually defined as ‘pornography’.
Amateur adult broadcasters also resist the popular, contemporary definition of beauty.