ASCENDING PERFORMANCE features a digitized Super 8 film of the naked artist. By slowly making the idiomatic ‘swipe’ gesture over the image on the smartphone screen, the user can play through the frames of the film one by one. Through repetitious performance of the gesture, an erection gradually emerges.
The work engages with the blurring of the boundaries between artistic and pornographic content in the context of web 2.0. It seeks to complicate the logic of gratification of the viewer’s expectation and the pretence of realism in mainstream pornography, whilst challenging our conditioned experience of smartphone technology: the user’s continuous, slow repetition of the ‘swipe’ gesture both draws attention to the physicality of the touch movement on the phone screen, and reframes the gesture as a masturbatory act.
The app launch in November 2013 is accompanied by the simultaneous appearance of advertisements for the work in Artforum International Magazine and on pornhub.com.
Download & installation directions (the app is free of charge)
System requirements: Smartphone with Android 3.0 or higher
1. Download MiKandi from mikandi.com
2. Open the MiKandi application and search for ‘ASCENDING PERFORMANCE’
3. After registering, download and install ASCENDING PERFORMANCE