The Beholder

Opening Monday October 23, 6-9pm

from: 24.10.2017   to: 04.11.2017

Within “The Beholder” group exhibition, organized in conjunction with the acclaimed PornFilmFestival Berlin, SomoS Art House presents performative projects and ephemeral installations as critical responses to the notions of erotic fantasy, consumption of images, and the spectatorship and voyeurism of sexuality in our mediated society.

“Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder” is a common saying that attempts to express the idea that the perception of beauty is subjective. Sexuality in its totality also is a topic that is subjective and completely based on individual viewership–one’s sexual satisfaction, or catharsis even, can only be fulfilled if one places themselves in the position of the Beholder, giving into one’s fantasies, preferences, and authentic desires.

Porn functions on the notion of consumption; it must be consumed by an audience of both exhibitors and voyeurs. The aim of the exhibition is to explore the interaction, regulation and connection of these two archetypes by way of various artistic mediums.

Presenting works such as durational performances, participatory installations, and time-based works, the exhibition will explore questions such as whose gaze is catered to? What is the role of power relationships, capitalism? What’s the relation between liberation and porn today? Does its production follow demand or the other way around?

The Beholder exhibition at SomoS Art House in Berlin will take place from October 24th to November 4th, 2017, in conjunction with the Porn FilmFestival Berlin.

Artists interested to participate are invited to view our Open Call.