SKIN PLEASURE2022 - audiovisual essay
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.
Interweaving 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.
Through its intimacy, immediacy and reflectiveness, Skin Pleasure touches and at the same time exposes itself to the touch of the spectator.
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14 – 19/10/2023 – ULTRAcinema XII (MX)
14/07/2023 – Marienbad Film Festival (CZ) – Award for Best Audiovisual Essay
20/05/2023 – Cineteca Madrid (ESP)
19/05/2023 – Montreal Underground Film Festival (CA)
01/04/2023 – Onion City Experimental Film Festival (US)
24/03/2023 – Ghent International Short Film Festival (BE) – Award for Best Essay Film
16/11/2022 – Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival (TUR)
28/10/2022 – MalatestaShort Film Festival (IT)
13/10/2022 – Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris (FR)
24/04/2022 – Brussels Porn Film Festival (BE)
Skin Pleasure was included in Sight & Sound’s list of the best video essays 2022
Quotes about the work:
“If there ever was a case study of haptic criticism, it is this film.”
Jiří Anger, film theorist, curator, video essayist and researcher/lecturer at the Department of Film Studies, Charles University in Prague
“It’s a powerful testimony to the skin’s capacity to heal, protect, and communicate.”
Dr. Laura U. Marks, Grant Strate University Professor at Simon Fraser University and author of i.a. The Skin of the Film and Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media
This project was supported by The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) of the Government of Flanders