The State of Pornography: Discussing (Post-) Porn with some of Germany’s leading minds in the field – now available in English

Akademische Mitteillungen 17 - incl. Post-Porn Roundtable

Photos: The cover of Akademische Mitteilungen #17 (above), opening spread of the Post-Porn Roundtable (below)

I’m thrilled to have work of mine included in The Obsession Issue of Akademische Mitteilungen (AM #17). A magazine published by designers at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, AM #17 contains a partially updated English translation of the Post-Porn Roundtable fellow journalist/critic Anne Waak and I hosted for Spex in 2010. For this talk, we invited theorists and practitioners of porn – philosopher Svenja Flaßpöhler, theorist/activist Tim Stüttgen, and entrepreneur Jürgen Brüning – to discuss recent developments in the field.

In the 2000s, porn changed: While acclaimed directors such as Michael Winterbottom experimented with pornographic scenes in cinema (»9 Songs«, released in 2004), porn studios were appropriating themes of mainstream movies in their productions (e.g. Hustler’s »This Ain’t Avatar XXX«, relased in 2010). At the same time, the production, distribution and consumption of amateur porn was evolving dramatically thanks to declining prices of digital video equipment and video sharing sites such as YouPorn (launched in 2006).

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