In the present, pornography is pedagogical and produces the sexuality it represents. Patriarchal and binary biological and neurological narratives of dominant/active males, coy/passive females, and pathologized queer behaviour greet us on the home pages of popular porn websites, together with colonial narratives of the exoticised and fetishised other.
In the future, sexual experience is downloadable, hackable, and uploaded via neurological implants that stimulate your sensory nerves and pleasure centres directly. ‘Speculative Sex’ presents work by Shu Lea Cheang and Eric Pussyboy + Abigail Gnash, using science fiction narratives as medium to re-present bodies and sex.
Artist and filmmaker Shu Lea Cheang constructs networked installations and multiplayer performances in participatory impromptu modes. Drafting sci-fi narratives through film scenario and artwork imagination, Shu’s work builds social interfaces with transgressive plots and open networks that permit public participation. Engaged in media activism and electronic art for throughout the 80s and 90s in New York City, Shu concluded her NYC period with the first Guggenheim museum web art commission BRANDON (1998-1999). She has since made two feature films, FRESH KILL (Berlin Film Festival, 1994) and I.K.U. (Sundance Film Festival, 2000), and is currently touring acollective biogame ‘UKI-enter the BioNet’, producing a cypherpunk feature film FLUIDØ, and developing ‘UKI, cinema interrupted’ a mobile media application.