| Consent |
curated by Lynsey G
March 21 - May 12, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 21: 6-8 pm
By entering this exhibit, I consent to viewing and considering its content,thereby releasing the
creators from all liability which may arise should I find myself unexpectedly offended, aroused, or
Have you ever opened up to anyone about your private relationship with pornography? Despite the
common knowledge that the use of porn, particularly online, is nearly ubiquitous—according to 2010
statistics compiled by OnlineMBA.com, 25% of search engine requests are for porn and over 28,000
people are looking at online porn at any given second—few of us think or talk about it honestly. In the
internet age, although porn is easier than ever to access, it is also easier to consume surreptitiously before
"x-ing out" and deleting the web history. If the statistics are even close to correct, most of us are consenting
cogs in the wheels of the porn industry's massive turnout, yet we often show a very different face to the
public than the one we put on when we are alone with adult entertainment. The gap between our intimate
moments and our public reactions to porn is rarely bridged with conversation or dialogue. Consent aims to
close the gap between what we think about porn and what we say—to collapse the space between the
"them" of the porn industry and the "us" of the consumer.
Lynsey G, a copywriter, reviewer, interviewer, columnist, and blogger writing for and about porn since
2007, has one foot in and one foot out of the adult entertainment industry. As something of a middle-man
between porn insiders and consumers, she has spent years talking, thinking, and writing about porn with
friends, foes, performers, directors, and everyone in between. Consent features video interviews with both
consumers of pornography and the people who make it, along with footage from dozens of adult films.
Exploring such topics as porn's relationship to body image, sexual behavior, addiction, performer and
consumer consent, piracy, sex as performance, personal and private identity, and more, Consent includes
interviews with several anonymous sources; performer and director Sinnamon Love; multiple AVN
Award–winning performer, artist, and author Oriana Small; performer and entrepreneur Nyomi Banxxx;
MakeLoveNotPorn.tv founder Cindy Gallop; artist, activist, writer, and performer Madison Young;
performer, director, and producer Mr. Marcus; performer, model, and activist April Flores; veteran
screenwriter Daniel Reilly; Fleshbot.com owner, writer, and sex educator Lux Alptraum; performer,
writer, and musician Danny Wylde; entrepreneur, director, and performer Kelly Shibari; and performer
Natasha Star; and the show's curator, Lynsey G.
Image of Sinnamon Love courtesy of Vivid.com.
Lynsey G, sometimes known as Miss Lagsalot (and a few other, more ridiculous, pseudonyms), is a
writer, thinker, and porn critic operating in New York City. She splits her smutty scribblings between
DVD reviews, set copy, sex toy reviews, performer interviews, "sexpert" advice, think-y analysis and
criticism, and memoir-like musings in SFW publications like McSweeney's Internet Tendency,
WHACK! Magazine, her blog conflicted eXXistence, The Whiskey Dregs literary journal, and The
New York Poetry Brothel, as well as a few NSFW outlets like Madison Young's TheWomansPOV
and some very "dirty" printed magazines.