FkN JPGs
net art, performance, video, photography, editions, books
2016-2020

FkN JPGs is a series about pornographic narcissism that started as online performances that were later transformed into an archive, poetry, photography, and video art. What happens when I become what I desire? When images act as instruction? Episode 52, moonikakas.jpg is illustrated here.  



Perform: Every week for a year I restaged a sexually suggestive scene from my digital porn collection using special effects (green screens) and real transformations (prince albert piercing). I live-streamed the results to a sex chat website. Cam4 viewers saw the original jpeg that was posted as a profile pic, the live reenactment of it, and a chat box that allowed the artist and audience to interact.

Archive: Everything leading up to, during, and after each performance was collected from buying props to asking the audience to take and share photos of the performance. All of it was cataloged and posted to Tumblr.

Video: some audience members went beyond just taking photos and took videos of the performances. I edited these clips with the chat to create something beyond a documentary. New storylines, new fantasies.

Publish: I worked with the poetry collective TROLL THREAD on a trilogy. Each book, in the publisher’s words, is a “how to” specific to the platforms I used. FkN JPGs on eBay documents the buying and selling of props. FkN JPGs on Cam4 presents the chat as poetry. And FkN JPGs on Tumblr is a photo book sourced from my audience.

Photograph: I am currently creating two archives. First, photographing the props using steganography where I secretly embed the original pornagraphic image into the code of the jpeg. These hacked, haunted images will be sold as stock photography. Another suite includes life-size prints of the original jpeg with the person removed from the image. These were used as green-screen backdrops.

Edition: I versioned the series across two more platforms: iTunes and Print All Over Me. The first is a playlist of the music that used for the performances. The cover art, song names, and lyrics were replaced with the original porn and chat from the series. The second edition for PAOM is a silk scarf printed with a few lines of chat.

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Screening
Killer Dentist Press, New York

Readings
Montez Press Radio, New York
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Ask

Looking for funding to turn the documentation into an experiential, online archive. 

Mark

Thankful to be commissioned by Rhizome, supported by Eyebeam, awarded by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, bested by Hyperallergic, and collected by MoMA.