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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Interactive art

A while back I saw and saved a funny image of a woman 'flashing' Edvard Munch's SCREAM.

I was going through some image files recently and unexpectedly came across it, having forgotten I had saved it there. As a result I was immediately reminded of a similar semi-naughty image rendered by none other than Norman Rockwell:

And as anyone here may suspect, I couldn't leave it at that and tried to find other images that were similar or somewhat interactive. One well-known fictional example of this are the wonderfully-interactive oil paintings lining the walls of Hogwarts Castle in Harry Potter.

But what of art interacting with real people? Nowadays there are TONS of interactive art exhibits. In fact Rosa and I just participated in one at the Morris Museum where a 'mirror' of motorized fuzzy balls with a black side and a white side, turn to reflect whatever you are doing in front of it in a fuzzy black silhouette. And there are plenty of others that any persistent Google search will reveal. Naturally not all ended up being even as innocently suggestive as the Munch & Rockwell images:

The above shot depicts an ostensibly two-dimensional image breaking the "plane" of conventional rendering and a viewer playing with that. A master of such plane-breaking illusion was obviously M.C. Escher:

But instead of going too far down the road of mere plane-breaking illusion, I went back to limiting my choices to instances where the line between the audience and art was blurred, or where the line between the artistic and the artist was toyed with. One example of the latter was something I recalled from the old play, "Oh, Calcutta!" where the intended victim of a consensual 'punishment' is initially described fictionally as a mere character in the play, and then is 'outed' as a real person/actor whose free choice seemingly coincides with the intent of the playwright and narrating actor.

A very rare photo of the skit "Who, Whom" from OH Calcutta!

One of the best collections of seemingly-interactive art in the arena of the kinky is a 4-image photo-set at the Troupe of Slaves site I have linked in my margin. The images seem to be encoded in a way that does not allow for their copying, so instead I will just include the link to the site itself:

Once there, go to the 'Exhibitionism' heading and enjoy.

But what of RL interactive spanking opportunities? I believe there are still some theme restaurants that do this but they don't seem to rise to the level of 'interactive performance art' as much as being a watered-down, kinky, tourist experience. The exception to that seems to be the annual Burning Man Festival (link). While I suppose it could be argued that it's not much different than a theme restaurant paddling, there does seem to be an overall performance art immersion experience inherent in Burning Man. But as someone who has never been there, I could be too optimistic.

What I would LOVE to see are real examples of the types of kinky interactive, performance art situations as depicted fictionally in the Troupe of Slaves imagery. In this day and age, I am somewhat surprised that such situations didn't pop up in my search. Perhaps it's a matter of privacy, or perhaps such things just are not out there. All I know is that I personally would find such an experience intriguing and hard to resist.


  1. I don't have a lot to offer on this one. But, I will say that I saw that first picture a few months ago on another blog and just about fell out of my chair laughing.

    1. Yeah, I'm not sure but I think it might have been Red's "Consensual Spanking" blog.....but wherever, it's a keeper.

  2. Well.....

    Uhmmm..... welllllll.....

    I looked at all of them (not just the ones you mentioned), and I just might go back again!

    1. I see you as a prime candidate for Burning Man.In fact I would not be surprised to learn that you have been there.

    2. I have not attended, but many of my friends have. The idea of camping for more than a day or so gives me the heebie-jeebies!