This beautiful world of sheer human potentiality is cursed with its character of paradox. Whilst we can investigate the universe beyond the Kuiper belt, or modify genetics, in 2017 almost a quarter of the Earth’s population had no access to clean water, fifteen-thousand under fives died daily, and sixty-eight and a half million people were forcibly displaced.
This is precisely what led us to this short enquiry about the relationship between Art and the most sexualised material, that which we call ‘Pornography’. Essentially what we intend to do here is simple. This short thought-piece will etch out some of our thoughts locating where the line stands dividing Pornography and Art. At its core, this question evokes a query concerning location – i.e. the space at which Art becomes Pornography and Pornography Art.
How contradictory it is that citizens of Liberal Democracies hold a number of freedoms, rights and liberties, and yet live simultaneously within a legalised nexus of mass surveillance the likes of which the Stasi could only have imagined in their wildest of phantasmic dreams. This is also before discussing even the prowess of social media providers, whose influence and data-harvesting slides through legal loopholes and committee-led critique like a draft through Swiss cheese.
To focus on interpreting political texts alone is of course an act of political exegesis. Nonetheless, does this make it a mode of political hermeneutics? The simple answer is no. Although to interpret the discourse surrounding politics is itself a political act by engaging in how we broadly understand our collective action, this is still not political hermeneutics proper. To interpret the action of the civic association is political hermeneutics.
It begins with birth. Each of us is thrown into the world at any single given point of our species’ history. It so happens to be that the moment of our birth is our point of entry into this world. Although we are conceived, carried and thought of before our birth, this is the moment of our first appearance in the world itself.