+++WARNING!!!!+++ THERE IS NAKEDNESS HERE!!!
Jonathan Harris' latest project, I Love Your work, is very interesting, and in terms of content, quite a departure from his usual stuff. Well, it's not really a departure--his work is all about telling stories of life, his own, others etc. and this particular project is the story of nine women, who happen to work in lesbian porn. He approaches the topic by taking ten-second video recordings of whatever is happening at five minute intervals over the course of ten days. The results are well, you have to see for yourself really. To be honest, I wasn't that interested when it first popped up on my radar--I follow his stuff and find it quite compelling, but lesbian porn? It seemed a bit too trite and predictable to me, and I am not that enamored with lesbian porn, in spite of the supposed fascination that all men have with woman on woman sex etc.:). But I realized that however Harris told this story, it would more than likely bear many of the features that make his work so interesting to me, so I watched the little promo film above. It's all I've seen, it is probably all I will see--mostly because, well I don't know why really, maybe I will see more. The was a line in the clip that arrested me a little, one of the women says,
"I just want to leave enough images behind that I'll never be forgotten." She goes on to say that she can handle aging etc. but she wants to be remembered--a moment worthy of the project if you ask me, and I think it is probably what makes Jonathan Harris an important piece of my internet/culture/life equation. This thing with feeling the need to be 'immortal,' to live on after we are gone, is something worthy of ongoing reflection, perhaps it speaks to the desire to have life mean more than its seeming insignificant earthly arc? I'm not sure I have the answer, I just acknowledge that it is something I hear iterated in many different ways, and, to be honest, something that I have felt in my own life. Harris seems to have an uncanny ability to get these moments, to find the heart of things in most of his projects, and this venture looks to do the same. Fast Company declared that it is an, "intimate protrait of a marginalized community opening up in a way that's downright real." There is heartache, sadness, empowerment--all the complexities of life wrapped up in this project. I won't tell you to watch it, it may offend your sensibilities too deeply, nor am I applauding or decrying the women in the project for what they do/are, it just is. I just think that Harris is a compelling miner at the interface of life in the contemporary situations of our digitized world, and there is something of substance here.