Eloise Peredruk

Isolation PORN

Sex, self-pleasure and fetish in isolation

How has being stuck at home forced you to innovate? Are you writing that novel, baking that perfect loaf of banana bread, attending your 100th Zoom meeting? Have you thought about making a porno..?

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Eme in isolation - Image by Eme Sofia  for  Pornceptual's Isolation Porn

Berlin based sex-positive collective Pornceptual explores the breadths of sexuality through a visual study of unusual pornography. A queer, diverse and inclusive platform that presents pornography as intimate, respectful and artistic. They ask, "can art succeed where porn fails – to actually turn us on?".

Pornceptual relies mostly on events, yet due to the virus several parties, performance events and even a festival have been cancelled. Their most recent collection features original content created in response to social distancing and the impact of isolation on our sex lives. IsolationPORN.com is a digital gallery addressing the near global stay at home orders. An open call to artists and creatives asking, what is turning you on? The more sexually charged the better. We spoke to representatives Chris and Raquel about the project.

"We made this page made to celebrate expressions of sex, masturbation, and kinks in times of quarantine. A creative response to these difficult and unusual times, documenting intimacy and sex during lockdown. Isolation PORN combines the work of visual artists and kinky snapshots of daily life in these unusual times."

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Erotic Asphyxiation - Image by Alexander Samuel  for  Pornceptual's Isolation Porn

The result, a bold and bright gallery of creativity intertwined with the mundanity of household objects. A collaborative attempt to reconnect with the ways we express ourselves sexually, through new masturbation rituals and online sex practises. By exploring self-pleasure and fetish during isolation, Pornceptual continues to question typical pornographic notions at the intersection of art, sex and technology.  

Isolation Porn was born out of the necessity to engage with their community, to keep connected and creative. Raquel explains, "social distancing gave us a chance to experiment with new tools when it comes to our sexuality. This moment has potential to destigmatize certain sexual practices and even reinforce the notion of physical intimacy online, which would long-term have a good impact on how pornography is produced."

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Wish you were here - Image by  David Mesa / Tosh Tanamachi   Model  Brian Fontana  x Agency  for  Pornceptual's Isolation Porn

Pornceptual reject the idea that porn is something shameful or that it should stay hidden. The collective occupies as a space that challenges the (predominantly white male) mainstream porn industry, celebrating difference in all genders, identities and sexualities. Pornceptual push further than just alternative representation, but towards alternatives to the porn industry itself. They highlight the need for more projects that are born outside of the standardisation of the sex industry, with initiatives that can rupture the heteronormative narrative. Whilst at the same time Pornceptual rejects the use of diversity as just another hot topic to profit from, expressing that "we need independent and truly inclusive projects instead."

Isolation PORN provides us with an online exploration into the collective sexual psyches of us isolating at home. We are told the future of the project will have two more phases, exploring what many are calling the 'new normal'. This will explore how technology and creativity facilitated connectivity during these times. 

"This has been an opportunity to see Pornceptual again as something that goes beyond parties. We have been focusing on the project as an art platform and as a digital community. We will take this as a lesson for the future and keep expanding our virtual presence. But it has been a moment to appreciate in an almost nostalgic way how it feels to host underground events in dark basements. I see our post-corona events as even more sweaty than before."

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Ode to masturbation - Image by M itikafe  for Pornceptual's Isolation Porn