Website // 2018
The Internet influences sexuality more than anything else in contemporary times. The internet allows for the exploration of sexuality - for anyone to explore what particular sex, if any, they wish to pursue relations with, kinks, and the potential to connect with others who have similar interests. It is also a safe place to explore these sorts of things as there is the lack of IRL contact which can prevent some persons from pursuing potential interests. It is also interesting to note how the internet has become inherently sexual in that it is a place of exhibitionism - a place to attract attention and to be viewed. The advertisements on the internet also have a tendency to relate back to sex. This is a potential result of the timeless mindset of “sex sells."
While there are plenty of nonsexualized content online, there is also a tendency to be able to find sexual references or manifestations in a majority of the online experience. For example, on instagram one could follow fitness accounts. A large group of these accounts have a sense of exhibitionism - the display of their body to depict the epitome of the “hot bod.” There is obviously a spectrum in this however. Some of these accounts take the underlying sexual exhibitionism and throws it right into the consumer’s face while others are more DL about it.
[6x9] is a metaphorical representation of the experience of hypersexuality in the online space. Consumers are placed into a 6x9 grid. They take on the persona of the person presented in the browser icon. They have the opportunity to remain in the green zone, a nonsexual, mundane region. However, once they step outside of the green zone and into the yellow, there are clear sexual implications confronting the consumer. At this point, the consumer has the opportunity to continue searching deeper into the red zone, the most hypersexual part of the map, or return back to the nonsexual of the green zone. The freedom to move around the grid and explore what type of content they want to consume gives the consumers the ability to explore their own sexual fluidity.
The asterisk is another representational element of fluidity and versatility. The asterisks encloses "predications that can function alone as complete performative utterances -- in other words, we step outside ourselves to describe our actions as if we are a character in a play (linguist Francisco Yus.)" However, asterisks have many other linguistic meaning including anchoring a footnote, indicating the year of a person's birth, or creating emphasis.
The grid itself relates to Krauss' theory on the function of grids. Grids are inherently paradoxical in that they are a collaboration between the logical and creative mindset. The logical element being that the grid itself provides structure to otherwise unstructured things while the content within the grid is the choice of the creative mindset. The content within the grid, no matter how absurd or its distaste towards logic may be, the grid attempts to make sense of things. In relation to the grid, [6x9]'s goal is to use shocking and polarizing sexualization of subject matter in an attempt of normalizing and thus promoting sexual fluidity.