A THREE PART WORKSHOP ON MORAL PANICS, CENSORSHIP AND THE CULTURAL VALUE OF PORN
Presented and facilitated by Itziar Bilbao Urrutia, visual artist, pornographer and adult content producer and activist for Backlash UK:
I have the pleasure to invite you to my forthcoming talks The Moral panic Art Club, at LADA (Live Art Development Agency) in Hackney Wick, London. As part of their Study Room Ambassador scheme, I will be facilitating three small gatherings on the subject of creation, new media, sexuality and state censorship.
These talks aim at starting a debate with the larger art and creative industries on the pressing subject of creeping censorship and strangling of the creative industries, from the visual arts to new media and channels of expression and it’s essential knowledge for those seeking to engage with contemporary forms of artistic and creative expression in the technological age.
LADA’s Study Room houses the largest library of performance and body art.
I am also a doctoral candidate at the School of Governance and of the University of Birmingham.
RSVP is essential. Please go to our page to reserve a place or places (scroll down below the image for the link to the booking form).
PROGRAMME AND DATES
November 3rd at 7 pm – YES, BUT IS IT PORN?
Queer and Weird: The AVMS Regulations and niche sexual practices, also relegated in the mainstream art world (live art, body performance). Censoring the monstrous feminine.
Itziar Bilbao Urrutia will be in conversation with Pandora Blake, creator of the feminist porn studio Dreams of Spanking. They will discuss their experiences as female pornographers affected by ATVOD and the AVMS Regulations (Audiovisual and Media Services Regulations, aka “the female ejaculation ban”).
November 26th at 7 pm – YES, BUT IS IT CULTURE?
Black bags, top shelves, independent producers, art, feminist, indie, queer pron and niche interests: how they get pushed out in favour of mainstream, heteronormative porn.
Itziar Urrutia in conversation with Stephen Daultrey, former editor of Bizarre Magazine, on
December 1st at 7 pm – YES BUT IS IT ART??
Art, porn and media censorship, with Myles Jackman.
In 2014, Myles Jackman was one of the solicitors who advised Itziar when her website, The Urban Chick Supremacy Cell, an art project that uses the platform of online porn, to engage in an artistic debate, was reported to ATVOD on the grounds of obscenity. The ensuing correspondence with this offshoot of Ofcom, effectively attempting to censor all adult content produced in UK, was an attempt to answer the timeless question: “yes, but is it art?”
Is pornography devoid of all cultural value? Or is porn the latest medium appropriated by the art scene? Are we entering New technologies vs old technologies as new forms of expression, sexting, revenge porn, age and consent issues, apps, etc. Moral panics, the shock of the new, the awkward relationship between law and new technologies.
All conversations/ panels will be followed by a Q&A and debate.