CAM LIFE 2019-2020
Cam Life: An Introduction to Webcam Culture delves into the untold history of cam and web chat, and the potential for internet broadcasting to blur the lines between public and private life and ultimately create a more democratic space for sexual expression. Considering the rise of virtual intimacy and the proliferation of erotica in numerous forms since the introduction of the World Wide Web, this exhibition investigates the complex evolution of sexual desire in the age of the Internet.
Cam Life pulls together exclusive interviews and content from Internet pioneers, original commissioned works by six contemporary artists who integrate the world of online camming and pornography into their practice, and an extensive collection of artifacts chronicling the expansion of sexual expression on the internet from early text-based chat rooms to high-definition explicit one-on-one intimacy. The show also introduces the booming professional cam studio industry in the developing nations of Romania and Colombia, and it features dynamic interactive installations—including an audience participation cam stage.
“The concept of creating your whole home as a studio is now. This is the era of the home studio. Shakespeare said that the world is a stage, but the world is a sound stage. And the difference between last century and now is, last century was making programming FOR the audience: movies, television, radio, newspapers. For this century, it’s programming THE audience.” —Josh Harris, Internet Pioneer, from exclusive interview with Museum of Sex for Cam Life
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