FORUM LAUNCH: KUK & PARFYME ZINE
LECTURE BY TIM STÜTTGEN
Kuk & Parfyme takes one step further by launching a fanzine in paperback format. The first edition will be launched in Bergen with the lecture The Meta-Politics of (Post-) Pornography by Tim Stüttgen, writer, artist, and the editor of Post Porn Politics – The Symposium Reader (b_books, 2009).
Through this issue of Kuk & Parfyme zine the editors Ingrid Forland and Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg focus on the gaze in film and video, and together with the contributors Kaja Cxzy Andersen, Madeleine Bernstorﬀ, Thelma Bonavita, Matilda Carlid, Ulrike Feser, Aksel Kielland, Ninna Poulsen, Julia Schönstädt, Nicolas Siepen, Slaves, Stine Sterk, Tim Stüttgen, Terre Thaemlitz and Livie Yo they explore the potential of another gaze.
The lecture is held in English:
While positioning myself in the tradition of pro-sex-feminism, queer activism and post-pornography, drawing on, amongst others, feminist performance artist Annie Sprinkle, film theorist Linda Williams and queer philosopher Beatriz Preciado, this lecture interrogates the wider context of the pornography-debate and its historicities in feminist and queer discourses, including the anti-porn-positions of Linda Dworkin and Catherine A. Mac Kinnon, the sex and cultural wars of censorship during and after the Reagan era, and the debates around the dramatization of sexual panic and paranoia including the aids-panic and new forms of gouvernmentality and commerce (Linda Singer), the childsex-paranoia (Laura Kipnis) and the trafficking discourse (Laura Agustin).
Through providing this context, post-pornography can be contextualized as one reaction on these multiple discourses, which were partly hijacked by the conservative and christian right. A postpornographic perspective, I argue, should not be read as a plain avantgardistic „beyond“ of classic feminist and queer discussions of pornography and its ab/uses, but in the centre of bringing a genre to its paradoxical limits.
Tim Stüttgen has studied Film Studies, Fine Art and Gender_Queer Theories in London, Hamburg, Maastricht and Berlin. His research covers issues such as the history of pornography and post/pornography, performance art, the visual histories of black liberation and post/slavery, sexwork, Foucault and Deleuze/Guattari. As curator and activist he has organised symposia, conferences and festivals like Post / Porn / Politics (2006, Volksbüne Berlin), Genderpop! (2008, Goethe-Institut Athen) and What´s Queer About Queer Pop? (2010, Hebbel-Am-Ufer Berlin). He writes for various political and cultural magazines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since six years he performs as the drag queen Timi Mei Monigatti. He lives and works in Berlin. His latest publication is Post Porn Politics – The Symposium Reader on b_books, Berlin.
Kuk & Parfyme existed as a film club between 2009 and 2010 within the Kurant Visningsrom in Tromsø. The aim of Kuk & Parfyme Film Club was to screen films discussing film and sexuality. They screened films inbetween queer trash art and political horror, such as W.R: Mysteries of the Organism by Dusan Makavejev, The Cockettes by Bill Weber/David Weissman and Tornerose var et vakkert barn by Jytte Rex.
The editors of Kuk & Parfyme zine are Ingrid Forland and Vebjørn Guttormsgaard Møllberg, who both are graduates from the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art. Vebjørn also works with video and music, and Ingrid works with drawings and publications in space and on paper.