CUSEEMESEX
safe sex on the net 1997
 
   
 

I started this work as a consequence of entering the world of computers and then soon after, internet.
I was very interested to see the computer being used, not just as a
" numbers cruncher" but also as a means of communications.
The growing use of miniature cameras attached to computers opened up the possibility of teleconferencing - the video telephone, something which from my childhood had always tickled my imagination.
As a small child, I had expected that by the year 2000 we would all be wearing plastic clothes , robots would take care of all our whims and fantasies, we would be whizzing round in small hover cars and talking into our watches and communicating with each other via video phones.
It has come as a bit of a blow that just a few years away from the millennium very little of this technological utopia has actually happened. ( just as a point of interest; Singers in the late 70's started to sell all their interests in sewing machines and allied fabric industry based on predictions that within a decade we would all be wearing plastic clothes. By the 80's they had beaten a hasty retreat and once more centred their business around sewing machines…so it wasn't just wishful eight year olds who were caught out. )
It wasn't until the advent of cheap personal computers in the late 90's that video telephones finally became a possibility ( not in our personal hover cars but in the much less exciting environment of the working office or sometimes even at home )
1997 Video conferencing comes of age. Up to 8 people could simultaneously be seen , look at and talk to each other on the screen. It was cheap, it was exciting, it was interactive ( which was the new buzz-word ) and it worked! Communications were on line, we were wired, we had entered a new age.

Once equipped with a computer and a camera I looked around to see with whom I could talk. Who was out there?
I had heard lots of rumours in the press about "virtual sex" When it came down to it, it was difficult to find . But, finally I found the address of people who went on line and did all those things that the newspaper had been screaming about for so long. It was a deliciously wicked moment. I had arrived. I was no longer a "newbie" I was now a seasoned "surfer"
What I found was 7 people in video conference ( 8 including me, who was now know as a "lurker" as I was not participating just watching. Once upon a time I would have been called a "voyeur" I suppose. ) The other 7 were all men, all were known by different names, ( see the list of names to the right ), all could be seen only from the neck down and all were showing their penis's in different states of erection. These people were masturbating on line. I called back the next night and they were still there doing the same thing. I called back each night, they were still there.
In the course of the next 3 months, I followed these mainly headless figures and it became increasingly obvious that here was the real virtual sex that the media had been worrying us with for so long. This wasn't just a one off occasion, this was every night. The sex lives of these men now revolved around a computer, a semi darkened room and a partner or partners who could be on the other side of the world.
I began to paint these images live, on line and showing them the paintings as they were being painted. Most of the men were interested, often jealous when another person and not them was chosen to be painted and very few expressed a negative opinion. The original paintings were much smaller in scale but as the work progressed so the scale of the work increased until it reached the size of the present paintings. 100cm x 80cm
I am very pleased that the project is now finished as the strongest emotion which surfaced whilst painting these images was one of sadness. I think that what these men are doing could in part be a manifestation of the general alienation felt by most people and in the age of HIV and AIDS this is taking safe sex to it's limits.
All those childhood dreams of whizzing around and everybody being in contact seem such a long way away.


Keane January 1997 Barga (LU) Italia

 

 

Xs'rs_sy2_me

boy in bed

whataguy

whoopy

big gun

forplay

jase

lander

cockney

kutter

playguy

jack on

sober8

dirty knees

lqqk

UcumSee

RuggedMan

beyondo

SweeTbutt

Stuffer

notimportant

Bidude

friend

TK

Bunnybear

caligula

buck

^HornyGuy^

Navy

4U

showguy

KYbred

Takashi

Driver

paws

nudedude

boiseboy

play'n

Sir_Henry

dr.T.bone

Clyde

Shadowlord

Gavler

Sandra7200

number6

Smooth

other ideas

trickydicky

sub

iyor

swimfins

SmoothDallas

undieboy

2hot

SFHrdBod

chinese

fang

pitt

 These paintings were shown along with other work by the G7 group from 31 may - 12 June 1997 in the Salle des Voutes Cassis France with the patronage of the Mayor of Cassis Jean - Pierre Teisseire

 

 

 

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