SOUL HOLE

Video, Sound

4:48

Two homosexuals meet on a dating app called "SOUL HOLE". The faceless figures become transfixed with each other and bubble together in passionless attraction. We learn nothing other than that they meet on the platform and become homogenized. The two move through the Belvedere Guest House (a clothing-optional resort catering to gay men), as a single organism.  This project was shot in the summer of 2017, and was edited / scored during my residency at Signal Culture. 

Gay hookup apps (i.e. Grindr and Scruff) come with a unique digital labor in exchange for unique sexual experiences. The vast majority of hookups spawned from these apps are meaningless sexual encounters that end in unsatisfying if not compromising situations. The potential of having your wildest sexual fantasies actualized or attaining a sense of intimacy without having to show all your cards is seductive. It's low risk, "private" courting. However, what happens is a fast paced excess of toothless scrolling, curating photos, and cringe greeting signals (taps, woofs). These labors are rewarded with mostly empty conquests. Two people, who don't know each other or have any commonalities, slam together and then dissipate. Cruising today is lying in bed suffering from horniness and depression. We're infantilized under this framework of sexual freedom.

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