SEX & The Sexual Politics of the Gaze

Afternoon programme

15 March 2018

14.00 – 16.30

With: Emily Witt (keynote)(EN) and Mister Motley’s Kunstenaarscafe (NL) (artist talkshow)

(No more places for this programme part available, go to ‘register’ for the waiting list)

(Note: there will be a live streaming of this programme on facebook)

A Clean Well-Lighted Space: The Visual Presentation of Sexual Identity

Keynote lecture and Q&A with Emily Witt

How do we deal with sex and relations, and what kind of developments are ahead of us? Ask Emily!

Emily Witt (American sociologist and author) researched the future of sex for five years. She writes about it in her book  Future Sex.

Content lecture:
In the early 1990s, when the first internet dating sites appeared on the World Wide Web, entrepreneurs discovered broad differences in what kinds of graphic design would attract users of different genders and sexual orientations. To attract women, in particular, dating sites used a strategy of white backgrounds, and friendly logos. They banned sexually explicit photographs and erased all hints of open sexuality, even though these were sites where people were coming to find sexual partners. This marketing strategy came to be known as creating a “clean, well-lighted space,” where women could feel comfortable looking for dates online. This lecture will explore the lessons and limitations of this visual strategy, and what it reveals about the stories we tell ourselves.

Mister Motley’s Kunstenaarscafé

Following Emily’s keynote Mister Motley takes over with an artist’s talkshow.

The language is Dutch.

Location

Rozet
Kortestraat 16, Arnhem