Skin Pleasure is a video essay that investigates the different functions of the skin – as a protective barrier, a sensory organ, a producer of meaning and as a surface that wants to (be) touch(ed) – in relation to the reception of internet pornography.
Juxtaposing found footage – like amateur porn, ASMR videos and other web-based body genres – with close-ups of the filmmakers’ body, Skin Pleasure is a highly reflective and at the same time deeply personal exploration of our bodily engagement with online media.
The images are manipulated through analogue and digital methods resulting in a tactile aesthetic that emphasizes the materiality and texture of the video image and the human skin.
Through its intimacy, immediacy and reflectiveness, Skin Pleasure touches and at the same time exposes itself to the touch of the spectator.
This project was supported by The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) of the Government of Flanders