Pornography and Avantgarde: on the mutual linkage of images
Since the French Revolution and increasingly since the avant-garde movements of the 1910s and the 1960s, artists are using pornographic images in order to break taboos and to renounce conventional (image) conventions. At the same time, their works contribute to a re-definition of sexuality and of the “legitimate” images associated with it. These artists employ avant-garde aesthetic tricks and the popworlds of pornography, bringing very “mixed” aesthetic arrangements into the social space. Their interventions stimulated various stories involving fascination and/or revulsion, which this research project reconstructed in form of a plural genealogy. The research focused on the mutual linkage between supposedly different images and perceptions.
Anna SCHOBER (*1966), PhD in History, Art History; post-doc-researcher at institutions including the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (2003) and in the scientific network The politics and history of European democratization of the European Science Foundation (2003-05). Research focus at the time of the Fellowship at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen was Aesthetic Tricks as a Means of Political Emancipation (2003-06, with support from the FWF Austrian Science Fund). Anna Schober’s work explores public life focusing in its historical, political, aesthetic and affective aspects. Main topics include visual culture (art and in particular popular visual culture, for example film and cinema) as well as transnationality and concepts of diversity.