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Pornography, on or off the stage, is an inflammatory issue, and one which is deeply linked to theatrical representation throughout history. But what happens to the notions of the pornographic when a female performer subverts the conventional models of pornographic representation by reclaiming the agency of her own body? This is exactly what sex industry worker and performan Pornography, on or off the stage, is an inflammatory issue, and one which is deeply linked to theatrical representation throughout history. But what happens to the notions of the pornographic when a female performer subverts the conventional models of pornographic representation by reclaiming the agency of her own body? This is exactly what sex industry worker and performance artist Annie Sprinkle attempts through her courageous and challenging work. By locating her discourse on her own body, she renders exploitation impossible and refers to herself as a "post-porn modernist." However, Sprinkle's complication of the power relations inherent in representational acts raises important theoretical issues. When is identity not created by an outside source? When is the female body not in a prostituted relationship to representational structures? Is the spectator always a voyeur? Why is "post-porn" modernism still not endorsed by many brands of feminism? In order to structure a conversation about these issues, Hardcore from the Heart presents a number of Annie Sprinkle's key performance texts and essays, and interviews with artists who have worked closely with her over the years, together with a critical introduction and commentaries.


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Pornography, on or off the stage, is an inflammatory issue, and one which is deeply linked to theatrical representation throughout history. But what happens to the notions of the pornographic when a female performer subverts the conventional models of pornographic representation by reclaiming the agency of her own body? This is exactly what sex industry worker and performan Pornography, on or off the stage, is an inflammatory issue, and one which is deeply linked to theatrical representation throughout history. But what happens to the notions of the pornographic when a female performer subverts the conventional models of pornographic representation by reclaiming the agency of her own body? This is exactly what sex industry worker and performance artist Annie Sprinkle attempts through her courageous and challenging work. By locating her discourse on her own body, she renders exploitation impossible and refers to herself as a "post-porn modernist." However, Sprinkle's complication of the power relations inherent in representational acts raises important theoretical issues. When is identity not created by an outside source? When is the female body not in a prostituted relationship to representational structures? Is the spectator always a voyeur? Why is "post-porn" modernism still not endorsed by many brands of feminism? In order to structure a conversation about these issues, Hardcore from the Heart presents a number of Annie Sprinkle's key performance texts and essays, and interviews with artists who have worked closely with her over the years, together with a critical introduction and commentaries.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    BeeQuiet

    Someone who had been within the industry confronting the stigma against it. Annie playfully gives more light to another way of viewing sexuality, though I think there is a blind spot around the area of actual abuse of many sex workers. To be taken seriously on such issues, they must not be ignored. I must say though, in a conversation between Annie and an anti-porn feminist, Annie certainly comes through as more educated on the issues as seen by the people on the inside of the industry. It's tim Someone who had been within the industry confronting the stigma against it. Annie playfully gives more light to another way of viewing sexuality, though I think there is a blind spot around the area of actual abuse of many sex workers. To be taken seriously on such issues, they must not be ignored. I must say though, in a conversation between Annie and an anti-porn feminist, Annie certainly comes through as more educated on the issues as seen by the people on the inside of the industry. It's time to stop talking about people, and start talking to them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love Annie Sprinkle. This documents her work, plus interviews with her and her collaborators. She's a force of good. I love Annie Sprinkle. This documents her work, plus interviews with her and her collaborators. She's a force of good.

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