Call For Entries – Museum of New Art, Detroit

New Media, Sex, and Culture in the 21st Century

Deadline: May 14, 2010

Exhibition Dates: August 6th – September 19th

Museum of New Art invites submissions of research articles, essays, and works in all mediums including but not limited to installation, net-art, video, photography, painting, printmaking, and performance on the topic: New Media, Sex, and Culture in the 21st Century.

Sex has a long history of being subjected to technologies of observation, regulation, enhancement, and representation. Certainly many of the discourses and technologies of the Internet have been preoccupied with it, even though the U.S. government and other groups have tried to make it harder for people to find sex online. For example, one of the messages of the “cyberporn scare” of the mid to late 1990s in the U.S. was: It’s here, and it’s bad! But in the drawn-out process of letting everybody know about it, online porn became somewhat normalized. As van Doorn (2009) argues pornography has been involved in a mainstreaming’ process over the past decade…simultaneously, the public discourse on sex and sexuality has grown exponentially. Foucault observes how sundry discourses of sexuality espouse a veil of silence and prudishness towards sex while at the same time positioning people to seek knowledge about it, observe it and talk about it. The rhetoric of the cyberporn scare asked society to wall up and hide pornography, but ended up forcing people to accept it and engage it more directly, whether it is to talk about it, joke about it, actively seek it, or actively avoid it. Web2.0 publishing tools and social media networks have made it easier for people to publically talk about sex and to publish their own sex online for anyone to see. Scholars and artists who explore any aspects of sexuality, NetPorn, the sexualization of Web2.0, sexual identities in postmodern society, and other subject areas addressing sexuality and culture are invited to submit their work.

Each submission should contain name of artist, title, date, size, description of proposal or work, brief statement about the work, and least one or several images in jpeg format.

Submissions should be e-mailed to: detroitmona@aol.com

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