VVVVVV is an abstract porn site that addresses pornography’s use of women’s bodies throughout the history of the world wide web (the WWW). The website is a fully functional online ‘porn’ site created using appropriated footage that dually represents the internet and the vagina. Using the internet and the vagina in tandem to comment on one another, this project looks at the failure of metaphor in addressing these disparate—yet somehow intimately related—systems. The project teases out the history of the world wide web, pornography, and women’s bodies. The project seeks to critique the dearth of representations, particularly outside of pornography, of female anatomy and its relative cultural unimportance when compared to phallic imagery. By evoking a 1990s aesthetic—a time when mainstream consumers first got online—the website confronts the historical trajectory of the commercialization of the Internet accomplished using women’s bodies. The vagina is mapped onto how the popular filmic imagination conceives the physical presence of the internet as an endless, tunneling space, which, in the context of VVVVVV, becomes a cyberpussy. The site maps out new theoretical potentialities for gender, technology, and sex. VVVVVV reassesses the idea of the premade cyberspace utopia that was popular in the 1990s in attempt to ask how the web, now a disillusioned space, can work towards equality for its users.
- Year Created: 2013
- Submitted to ArtBase: Wednesday Aug 14th, 2013
- Original Url: http://www.vvvvvv.xxx/
- faholland, primary creator
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