Exotica Loom at Nottingham Contemporary next week

Nottingham Contemporary

A few weeks, maybe months ago, I saw an exceptional exhibition, at Chisenhale Gallery, by Camille Henrot. I wrote about it but didn’t publish the text, which happens a lot (seems like I’m not a very good “blogger” or “dedicated web archivist”). Well, it’s a pleasure to be part of a discussion where her “Deep Inside” is screened.

Beyond that, which is a (relevant) detail, I’m so glad we were invited to this event at Nottingham Contemporary. I’m excited to see how the discussion will develop and curious to hear from people who are currently working with “porn studies”. I myself have been exploring different (yet always related in some way) fields of interest so it’s great to catch up with the latest researches.

Here we go!

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She’s a Sex junkie – cover design

Lola and maria got together to create this great and needed compilation and asked me to do the design. It finally available to BUY NOW / COMPRA YA.

The drawing was inspired by different deep sea creatures and other water species that look like genitals but do not have them. I also find it interesting the rational/clean cut of this composition as it’s not very usual within this type of compilation. I wanted no “men” or “women” to be on the cover and no reference to body parts, mainly because there isn’t one that represents desire more than the other. And in visual terms, I find the term radical very versatile and contextual. So here we’re talking about desire and radical politics and it’s important, design-wise, to explore new landscapes and compositions and put on the side -sometimes- common references like human bodies and lipsticks.

Always try to expaaaaaaaand you desire imaginary.

sex junkie

A Llopis & Clavo Compilation.
 80 minutes of pro sex feminism.
She is a sex junkie is an exciting DIY compilation of pro sex feminist short films exploring sexuality, violence, subversive maternity, gender roles and intimacy in the elderly. A creative perspective on desire and radical politics.
No love lost, de Lola Clavo. 5:13 min
 Switch!, de Lola Clavo. 27 min
 El Belga, de Maria Llopis. 4:13 min
 Chatroulette, de Maria Llopis. 7 min
 Stinging kiss, de Tejal Shah y Anuj Vaidya. 8:36 min
 Alien baby, de Helena Torres. 15:49 min
 Sex Junkie, de Julia Ostertag. 9 min
 My grandmother´s striptease, de María Llopis. 1:37 min
 The Beast, de Maria Llopis. 2:16 min
DVD is 15 euros + 2 euros (Spain) / 6,10 euros (Europe) / 9,60 (World)
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Airports, protected places and DNA structures

I suspect that the airport will be the true city of the 21st century. The great airports are already the suburbs of an invisible world capital, a virtual metropolis whose fauborgs are named Heathrow, Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, Nagoya, a centripetal city whose population forever circles its notional center, and will never need to gain access to its dark heart.

J.G.Ballard in The Ultimate Departure Lounge*

Almost 3 weeks ago I was in Berlin -after stopping in Brussels fro a tea with my godmother- for the PorYes Awards. I was supposed to stay there for the whole 8. Berlin PornFilmFestival but I couldn’t as I’m working in Porto now (I lost quite a few plane tickets the last month with all the unexpected changes). Corpuscle was screening on 2 different days and Lola presented it to the crowds. HERE her very interesting and personal point of view on the whole experience.

This was a trip of fresh air that gave me needed perspective to keep work in progress. As I said, I felt kind of stuck for the first weeks in here, but as soon as I arrived at the airport I felt much more energetic, in movement, like I was really doing something, being productive. Thinking about airports I realized how the place where I am seems like one -a place of passage and emptiness- and also like a bridge. When talking about this and about home with Lola, she asked me “have you realize that perhaps cities are like airports to you?”

When thinking and working about displacement related to self-preservation I am trying to understand, among other things, where security is when detached from stability, or perhaps what stability means when there’s mobility. I’ve come to consider that my protected place exists in pure strangeness: as long as I am in constantly changing realities, I feel secure, I even feel included (which is a drastic affirmation). Although, there’s also a cozy “absence of questions” in those known comfortable environments I really enjoy. Which throws me again to the idea of this protected place as an in construction structure, self-reproductive like our own DNA molecule.

*still about airports: this story from Alicia Kopf and this interview with one of the authors of Aerotropolis

oh this blog is getting a whole new meaning!...

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Corpuscle worl tour

Corpuscle, our first experimental short film as Exotica Loom is happily screening around festivals. This is the list so far:

Fringe! Filmfest London

Wotever Queer Film Fest London

Queer Lisboa, International Queer Film Festival

8.Pornfilmfestival Berlin

Schnit International Shortfilmfestival (based in Switzerland, it screens all over the world. Locations yet to be disclosed)