I attended Slavina's workshop on PostPorn this Tuesday
Despite the fact that the audience were silent and very unaware of the concept of PostPorn, or familiar with porn at all, I took some useful and inspirational ideas out of the evening.
Mostly it was a basic introduction to post porn and queer porn as empowerment. Slavina showed a carefully chosen couple of videos which all challenged structures existing in mainstream porn (and other film genres).
I was once again reminded about the necessity to be able to fuck the visual, and not only identify or sympathise with it. I often hear people say that they appreciate the "realness" of post porn, even if it is not necessarily turning them on. Well baby, then it's not porn your watching..
I want to watch people that can deliver sex to me. I want to take part in the scene, not only be a sympathising spectator. I want to watch porn, not witness a love act between some strangers. I need to be invited.
This is some suggestions to how to make the "real" post porn into more of a fiction fun post porn:
1- Fuck real time transportations
If it's not a live web cam show, I don't need the "IRL"-experience. Jump cut in the material, cut off middle sections, surprise me once in a while. It is not immoral to skip the part where one part is searching for a condom and then unwrapping it, and then makes a mistake, and then tries again, and then puts it on.... Fast Forward!
2- Close Up is not a crime
Just because mainstream porn is bad at it, doesn't mean you shouldn't do it at all. Close ups are necessary. You don't want to get robbed of the setting or the bodies and characters, but at some point you need to focus on a vision that speaks a very simple language. A vision that is not symbolic, that has no meaning but is only a very accessible sensation. Something given to you up front. Objectify!
3- Porn Stars
To be a porn star is not to have a lot of sex on film. It is about communicating that you are fuckable and wonderful and totally happy about yourself in a way that makes you irresistible. The porn star should always act as if they're on a stage - proud and brave and feeding on your attention. Don't just do it - be it!