Projector presents “Sexual Healers TV” an ongoing project by Will Fredo on sex work created as a proheaux art channel dedicated to body politics.
2020, HD video, 54:47
Video available until June 9
More information about the artist on their website.
2021, HD video, 15:00
This video is on rental through Vimeo On Demand. As part of the artwork’s concept, 30% of the rental fee belongs to the performer Erik.
Not falling into moralisms is also something very important for Leo Galileo who I interviewed in his Bogota studio. Via his online channels, Leo not only speaks and shows his porn but also is vocal on socio-political issues whether they are porn/sex-related or not. Leo is also a lawyer and we discussed how challenging it was for him to come out as a porn actor while also being a criminal law attorney. What is interesting for both of us is to also be critical about all the industries we work in and identify paths where they intersect. One aim of SHTV is to also imagine and experiment with new forms of citizenship, inspired by how our industries (don’t) function. So one of the things I’m trialing is that anyone who shoots sex scenes also gets royalties from the rental of the video. I am not expecting to pay anyone’s rent with this but rather open up more conversations that hopefully transcend this space, on the meaning of authorship, author rights, and creating and sharing (cultural) capital.
Much like the art industry, the sex industry is highly unregulated meaning that often sex workers have to follow rules imposed by big corporations.
For instance, in March 2021 OnlyFans decided to ban scenes with outdoor sex. This not only is nonsensical because there is no overarching law that forbids it but it’s an arbitrary moralist decision that users have no say on. And so it’s a form of Silicon Valley dictating society’s moral campus, further stigmatizing certain groups of people.
While on tour we also had the chance to discuss other forms of moralism but within the sex industry itself. At one point Leo was offered to shoot with a well-known Barcelona porn studio that told Leo he could only shoot with them if he didn’t make a fecal mess, among other demands. We were astonished by this but instead of being outraged, we discussed reasons as to where that sort of attitude may come from. One can easily think of patriarchy and internalized homophobia but I found it also relevant to think about the anus as the first privatized organ, placed outside the social field, the one that served as a model for all subsequent privatization while money expresses new states of abstraction of flows, as Deleuze and Guattari pointed.
Leo has used platforms to create his business and persona. In episode #2 of SHTV, he tells me that these platforms have opened doors to many and have democratized desire to a certain extent. This is all true as technology has a great potential to create opportunities for those who wouldn’t previously have. However, one thing that Leo and SHTV are trying to do is remain critical of these so-called “opportunities” because these same technologies and platforms can cost a high price, not only in terms of fees but the types of liberties granted and type of features that can still exclude others such as credit card-only payments. Sascha Lobo explains this further by clarifying that “middlemen are more powerful than ever. They are merely disguised as platforms. While traditionally middlemen were traders, platforms are a kind of meta-trader: they control the points of access and processes of an entire business model. Platforms don’t want to be the best in the game – they want to write the rules of the game. They are economic ecosystems that earn money by enabling third parties to earn money.”
Tim Stüttgen, ed., Post / Porn / Politics (Berlin: b_books, 2009)
Paul Preciado, Testo Yonki. Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era (New York: The Feminist Press, 2013)
Armen Avanessian, Miamification (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016), p. 63