Thursday, December 06, 2007

Sexual Jealousy

Sexual Jealousy is a powerful emotion that doesn't get the attention, exploration and cultural discussion that maybe it should. Kubrick's final film "Eyes Wide Shut" was a failed attempt to explore that world. Sexual jealousy moves people to irrational sometimes murderous behavior. In other instances it destroys lives completely.

If you haven't watched the talk I posted given by Helen Fisher on Lust, Romantic Love, Deep Attachment, you should. It's outstanding.

From artist Björn Franke
Traces of an Imaginary Affair | 2006
Mixed media | 1 object 335/265/66 | 9 c-prints 400/300

"The project investigates how jealousy can be instigated intentionally in relationships, which often serves to bolster self esteem or to test the strength of partnerships. A kit containing a set of nine tools is used as an agent to create an imaginary affair. These tools can be used to leave marks on the body such as bite marks, carpet burns, bondage marks, love bites, scratches and bruises. Probes of perfume, lipstick and hair can be applied to either the body or clothes. The kit enables partners to exhibit their obsessive behaviour, a form of psychological warfare, in the most effective way – rather than subjecting it to restrictive cultural norms."

Unlike feelings of "disgust", feelings of sexual jealousy may not be something you want to explore as "aesthetic experience". Remember the boiled bunny?

SEE: Sweet, Sweet Repulsion from The Sherman Foundation Archives.

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