From glory holes to craigslist and back again, this body of architectural research ventures through a temporal geography of queer desire, anxiety, and the banal artifacts one might find in the backdrop of a caught-in-public porno. Shame, surveillance, and love are questioned as the architectural catalysts for a post-digital queer humanism.
The discourse of queer aesthetics opens to queer spatiality, where a deliberate focus is placed on sites of social encounter, on and offline. As pride and visibility are marketed to those who once found love in spaces of guilt and confusion, will the swipe-right age of love liberate bodies in space or mask new taboos?
Craigslist.org began as an email distribution list in the
San Francisco Bay Area in 1995. What began as a strictly social platform for software developers turned into a housing, services, gigs, jobs, for-sale, and personals forum covering hundreds of cities worldwide, though probably most ubiquitous and notorious within the U.S.
Mainstream journalists have used Craigslist as a scapegoat for U.S. sex-trafficking since the beginning of its popularity as an online forum and cruising site for men and women seeking anonymous or taboo sex. Gender, communications, and internet demography research has consistently shown, however, that the majority of personals ads depict desires as banal as the sites of encounter themselves (bj @ home depot off charles street?)
Because of Craigslist’s anonymized posting process and the technofuturistic queer affinity for the internet as a site of liberation, it also allowed me a new platform to discover the spritual properties of a suburbia between suburbias and transmute my spatial identity from the stall to the mall.
From the anonymity of the glory hole, to the erotics of the curtain, a transparent screen of lustful media divides two players, users, lovers. Two sets of data taken from craigslist m4m, biometrics with selfies and coordinates with aerial images, register on the screen. The projected data sets obscure one another providing security through anonymity. The implication of the body in this environment blocks one data set, revealing the other (biometrics or locations, depending on the side. The implication of two bodies disrupts both data sets, thus a connection between the transparent screen.