Clayton Cubitt created an interesting video art series, called Hysterical Literature, where women were asked to read from their favourite book while being stimulated until they reach orgasm. Cubitt is a New York based photographer and filmmaker and the intention of these series was to explore feminism, the mind-body dualism and the contrast between culture and sexuality.
“Art is simultaneously a reflection and reaction to society; its mere intention is to be honest and unfiltered. If this is understood, why then does sex now cheapen the artistic message?”
-Danielle (Session 03)
The series consist of twelve short films or sessions, click on the videos bellow to watch. Feel free to comment, we highly value your opinion.
Session One: Stoya reads "Necrophilia Variations" by Supervert
Session Two: Alicia reads "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman
Session Three: Danielle reads "Still Life With Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins
Session Four: Stormy reads "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis
Session Five: Teresa reads "Sexing the Cherry" by Jeanette Winterson
Session Six: Solé reads "Beloved" by Toni Morrison
Session Seven: Amanda reads "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess
Session Eight: Margaret reads "Sleeping Beauty" by A.N. Roquelaure
Session Nine: Marne reads "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" by John Ashbery
Session Ten: Janet reads "Friendship and Character" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Session Eleven: Toni reads "The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James
Session Twelve: Fette reads "The Loser" by Thomas Bernhard