WEIGHT: 52 kg
Services: For family couples, Food Sex, Naturism/Nudism, Spanking (giving), French Kissing
The project linked the horrific exploitation at the heart of diamond mining with the horrific and destructive effects on women's bodies of the exportation of toxic hazardous electronic waste to Asia, the rapid increase of trafficking of women for sexual exploitation because of new online channels, the penetration of web order brides, and other extraordinary die-products of the computer revolution. Generous funding for this project was provided by the Puffin Foundation.
Out of this research creation project, I made a series of digital prints titled Cyber. Labia I used the term labia in the sense of dar labia - to talk on e-waste, e-work, porn, and Internet geography. Some of the images from the series depict what have become very routine views of women from online pornographic web sites superimposed on maps of the geography of Internet use.
Implicit to this overlay is a reflection on flows - the most violent pornography and sex work was made or done in the 'Third World,' the Internet traffic and sex tourists were coming from the 'First World,' the hazardous waste flowed 'First World' to 'Third World. I also created a chapbook, generously edited by Moira Roth, titled Cyber. Labia: Gendered Thoughts and Conversations on Cyberspace. This chapbook went into more detail on elements of cyber exploitation, on the performance, and included a DVD of the music video of the performance.
I sent this chapbook out to numerous cyber feminists, sold numerous physical copies, and it is available as a PDF here. I created a new version of the performance, in 4 parts. Beginning with the song Computer's Are A Girl's Best Friend , then taking apart computers while a very distorted version of the video played behind me, then penetrating myself with computer parts and accessories then sharing stories of trafficking online.
The costume was made from the dozens of CD Roms mailed to me by AOL and Netscape, which at the time flooded people's mailboxes with waste. For this exhibition, I constructed a base for the costume that rotated degrees when plugged in, with the help of the magical Tinkerer's Workshop in Berkeley.