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Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 10:05 am
Post-Occupancy Women

Hello from Gothenburg, where it's grey and misty. The flight from Berlin is a quick one. The Swedish landscape is more Scottish-looking than the German one, though it's an ideal, Platonic Scotland with its pines uncut, its craggy rocks covered in lichen, its barns unusually red, its farms clapperboard-Puritan. Gothenburg airport is surprisingly tiny, and it takes me a while to locate its only cash machine and draw some krone. Yes, like Britain, Sweden is one of those stubborn Schengen states which retains its own currency. I wish they'd both adopt the euro. Currency exchange is so clunky.

I make for the city centre office of Jesper Larsson, an elegant design practice in a room displaying Klein Dytham tape rolls and Japanese character goods. Jesper is just back from Tokyo, but tells me he didn't have time to see much of the three design shows going on there. He took a trip to Kyoto and Kyushu but (like me) finds himself getting quickly bored outside Tokyo.

There was a minor crisis -- trouble in Sweden's liberal paradise, Jesper called it -- over the soft porn images I'd chosen for my pecha kucha presentation. Some members of the committee felt they portrayed women as victims, or that the girls looked under-age (they weren't). There was also concern that the event's local funders might take offense. I'd already offered to blur the images -- to blobs if necessary -- and, though this was at first rejected, in the end that's what we decided to do, with the PK people pointing out that I'd already voluntarily blurred the image I put on my blog.

I can't tell you much about the other presentations, since they were all in Swedish. But the 300-odd people at Nefertiti laughed a lot, which is a good sign. And my presentation went well. I pointed out the double standard in our culture which sees women "degraded" by sexual use, whereas sexual encounters "upgrade" a man's status. I related this to the Platonic tradition of ideal forms -- adapted by capitalism as "commodity fetishism" -- and to the tendency of designers and architects in capitalism to focus on the point of exchange (when something is valuable-because-pristine) rather than the point of use (when, as in the tradition of wabi sabi, signs of use confer value, beauty and dignity). Referring to a recent issue of Domus magazine devoted to Rem Koolhaas' concept of "post-occupancy" (Koolhaas wants architects to pay more attention to their designs after they're occupied, ie used), I referred to the porn models as "post-occupancy women" and said we should see their signs of use (the sperm Jesper had spent the afternoon removing with his radial blur tool, for instance) as beautful. I ended by calling sex the place where nature's creative process meets its production process: isn't that what design is all about?

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(Anonymous)
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)

Oh no I missed out on PK and Momus in Gothenburg!

btw there are two airports, a tiny one for low cost flights and a 'normal' one which is still pretty small
btw2 euros are evil:


warm welcome to the West Coast!
Gabriel


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
its all just pixels

At what level does the obscuration of the pornographic makes it "acceptable"? There is an example here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrRcrexEV7Y
of where porn become simply a pixelated tableau..
yours
Ned


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
Re: its all just pixels

Oh, I'm firmly of the belief that taboo creates obscenity. Therefore censorship is the source of, rather than the solution to, obscenity. PK Gothenburg made the images more, not less, obscene. Which was another reason to let them do it (I also liked the idea that the blur was just another layer of "sperm" on the girls, another layer of dignifying patina).


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rinusvanalebeek
rinusvanalebeek
rinusvanalebeek
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
double standard

Or not?

The one cliché about the ideal woman sees her as a Virgin and a whore,
which makes the ideal man move between a pimp and a Saint.

The degrading/upgrading behaviour fits in perfectly.

Upgrading is an expression that comes from the business class world,
thus also from the oldest business in town.

Degrading comes from the moralist corner of that same town,
where people try to become saints.

greetings from sunny Bordeaux


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 11:47 am (UTC)
for hire: woman. slightly soiled

WOMEN: LIKE BUILDINGS.

Someone hoover me and paint my windowpanes, please. Good thing I got the curtains done yesterday, now Astral Marc can move in no problem!


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oh__tsarevich
oh__tsarevich
M.
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Re: for hire: woman. slightly soiled

OH BABY HOOVER ME RIGHT THERE

BUT NOT THE SPERM!! YOU CAN TAKE MY DUST BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE MY DIGNITY!!!


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
if it makes me laugh...?!

"I can't tell you much about the other presentations, since they were all in Swedish. But the 300-odd people at Nefertiti laughed a lot, which is a good sign."

Don't forget to use this at your "Down With Fun!" presentation! ehehehe!

Pedro Félix


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trickseybird
trickseybird
Bruce Springsteen, you're not the boss of me
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)

Some members of the committee felt they portrayed women as victims, or that the girls looked under-age (they weren't).
~*O RLY*~

MY SELF PORTRAIT:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
SELF PORTRAIT OF TRUTH


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trickseybird
trickseybird
Bruce Springsteen, you're not the boss of me
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: SELF PORTRAIT OF TRUTH

lol my chimney totally jizzed dignified patina on you


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trickseybird
trickseybird
Bruce Springsteen, you're not the boss of me
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)

WE CAN BEST EXPRESS OUR INTELLECTUAL STANCE THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF MSPAINT.

ALSO, BECAUSE YOU'RE GAY, YOU CAN BE A HOUSE TOO.

ASS BABIES


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)

Also, what if no penises OR babies live in me for a really long time??

Do I become derelict, and will I be demolished?

Or will punks squat in me????

OH OH I KNOW. I´LL BECOME THE HAUNTED HOUSE THAT KILLS PEOPLE BY DRIVING THEM MAD.


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)

YOU ARE ALREADY HAUNTING MOMUS'S PENIS HOUSE SO IDK WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
post-occupancy pictures?

I simple thought the pics were so much more beautiful after "being used"... shared, from Japanese porn sites to me via you, then used at least 2-3 times over in Photoshop, and then copied and inserted in Keynote, then transported though wires and projected on to a screen... it's like the images have a history...

Basically I blurred the images because of two reasons:
1) copyright issues
2) since you chose to do it on your blog

hope you like my flat
/JESPER







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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)

I pointed out the double standard in our culture which sees women "degraded" by sexual use, whereas sexual encounters "upgrade" a man's status.

*yawn*


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)

Also today is Thanksgiving and I already know what I'm thankful for! BEING USED FOR THE SELF-STROKING OF A CERTAIN PENIS HOUSE'S OWN ALREADY OVER-INFLATED EGO


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)

I've browsed around looking for Swedish blogs and sites talking more about Pecha Kucha. Now I want to make a Pecha Kucha presentation myself!


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
OMG RICK IS A MISOGYNIST



SHE WANTS TO DANCE WITH ME
COS I LET HER BE WHAT SHE WANTS TO BE


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
omg ihu rick

I CAN HAS BE HOUSE?


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)



OH MY GOD RICK WHAT ARE YOU DOING


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)



HE TREATS WOMEN RIGHT


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)

I must say that the comments have become much more appropriate to the posts lately. Way to go MicroLOLz et al.!

der.


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)

goddamnit, give me some bleeding credit for the mspaint ideas.


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