There is currently an exhibition in my beautiful and fascinating city of Barcelona which explores the intertwined nature of sex and architecture!
1,000 m2 of desire “looks at the way Western society has planned, built and imagined spaces for sex from the 18th century to the present day… the exhibition explores the power of spaces as the driving force of desire and shows how architecture has been a tool that controls behavior and creates gender stereotypes in our patriarchal society.” With around 250 exhibits including photography, sculpture and film, we are taken through three thematic sections: Sexual utopias, Libertine refuges and Sexographs.
The exhibition, curated by female architect Adélaïde de Caters, looks at the way architecture itself was a tool which asserted and reinforced patriarchal societies. Whether real or imaginary, structures were to be phallic, dominant, and positioned so that the the wealthy man of the time could oversee his women. I always wondered why Trump tower was so obnoxiously over-sized…
I was super interested to learn about how over time, more and more designers like Nicolas Schöffer subverted this idea and moved into designing and creating spaces of pleasure away from the male gaze. These spaces were imagined for cohabitation of men and women, with the focus on quality of life and the ultimate in sensory experience! However, many of these spaces were completely imaginary…
Playboys were typically free and easy, businessmen with no time form bonds with women, just enough for fast sexual exploits.
During the 1960s and the rise of Playboy, it became important for men to be stylish. They were now told how to dress, what to eat and read, and even how their houses should look. Playboys were typically free and easy, businessmen with no time to form bonds with women, just enough for fast sexual exploits. Looking back through old issues, it’s now so clear to see how women and objects were viewed in completely the same way! Everything about a Playboy home involves the coordination of normal day-to-day life and seduction. As if they’re saying “this is where I have my morning coffee, and right over here is where I sleep with the many women who come and go!”
You may remember my XConfessions film Try My Boyfriend, which throwsback to kitch 60s style through the set design. But in this case, the people who dominate that space are strong, sexual women!
It got me thinking about the idea of the “bachelor pad” and how a stylish home wasn’t connected with the idea of cohabiting or having long lasting or respectful romantic encounters. It also occurred to me how much we now recycle the iconic imagery and design of Playboy in modern erotic cinema, but with a new and exciting perspective! You may remember my XConfessions film Try My Boyfriend, which throwsback to kitch 60s style through the set design. But in this case, the people who dominate that space are strong, sexual women! And too right!
Spaces are so important to sex! And of course incredibly important to producers of erotic film! In Meow, a Kittens Orgy the set design has all the characteristics of a typical playboy apartment. Grand wooden furniture, deep and vivid colours, fur rugs, velvet and marble. However, in this apartment you’ll only find women, four of them to be exact! The set was so important for this short. I wanted it to appear decedent, as well as lend itself to the sensory ideas that were integral to the film! Like rubbing your skin against something that’s soft, cool, hard or fluffy.
In Verso‘s short film Stairlove a couple make the most of the staircase and beautiful cool hardwood floors.
You can buy or rent all of these shorts and more from Verso and other directors at my site eroticfilms.com!
The exhibition can be seen at the CCCB Barcelona until March 19 2017!