mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm explores camming. Specifically live-streaming sex sites where broadcasters and viewers are engaged in radical actualization of the world’s oldest profession doing the most common of acts, masturbation.

I’m currently researching sex chat technology and communities. That will lead to performance, photography, and poetry. With the help from other cammers from cigar-smoking retirees to 20-something sex workers of various gender, race, class, and sexuality. 

Sex chat websites like Cam4 and Chaturbate operate like social media. Each user has a page, and when broadcasting, it displays their video and a chat box. The first post lists terms of refusal—how a broadcaster chooses NOT to play. “No cam, no chat” means a broadcaster only engages with other broadcasters. Further “no face, no chat” warns those showing anonymous body parts. These refusals bring users together selectively. Freely. Whereas a sex worker builds community through tokens, a digital currency linked to interactive dildos, chat bots, and Amazon wish lists. “No pay, no play” is less a personal refusal than a perpetuation of the platform as gaming. To win at masturbation.

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm will explore the poetics of “no” and the art of failure.