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The transformative power of touch

In SexArt director Andrej Lupin’s stimulating massage movie “Ecstasy,” Tyler Nixon transports voluptuous Nekane into a world of unfettered ecstasy, in part through the expert use of his hands. Lupin’s vision perfectly illustrates the overwhelming sensations that can be generated through the power of touch. He’s not alone in recognizing this notion; art historian and museum educator Georgia Krantz is currently employing the power of touch as a new way of ‘seeing’ art.

Krantz is the creator of the “Mind’s Eye” tours at New York’s Guggenheim – a series of sensory experience workshops for museumgoers who are blind or have impaired vision. She takes a multisensory approach to the art experience, incorporating the use of touch and smell to elicit the same, or at least similar emotions to those of sighted viewers.

“We see through our brains, not our eyes,” says Krantz. “The eye is just one of the channels through which sensory information is passed to the brain for processing.”

Krantz’s theory is supported by scientific findings that reveal human senses interact in a number of brain areas previously considered vision-specific; so effectively, the sense of touch can stimulate neurons normally reserved for sighted individuals. With the right tools, neuroscientists believe that blind museumgoers can be moved by visual art just like anyone else – that the essence of painted or sculpted art isn’t vision, but the meaningful connection created between artist and audience.

When posed with the task of interpreting contemporary artist Jeff Koons’ “Play-Doh” – a ten foot high, neon-colored mound of aluminum sculpted to resemble the popular, pliable modeling material – when it was on display at the Whitney Museum’s 2014 retrospective, Krantz handed out actual Play-Doh to blind visitors and asked them to squeeze and smell it. To get across the artwork’s ‘visual deceit,’ she then presented them with a sample of the metal used in its construction, and walked the visitors around the sculpture to give them a sense of its enormity.

Regarding artworks of an erotic nature, one of Krantz’s colleagues once used a silicone breast implant to translate Salvador Dali’s Surrealist art style. Because silicone gel mimics the feel of human fat so well, it proved extremely effective in conveying the way that Dali painted the bizarre melting and morphing bodies he’s most famous for.

Here’s hoping that one day Krantz might apply her technique to such artworks as Jeff Koons’ controversial and provocative “Made in Heaven” series. A modern day play on Adam and Eve, it features sculptures and photographs of Koons and his future bride Ilona Staller (better known as Italian porn star Cicciolina) in no-holes barred sexual scenarios.

Ultimately, there’s a great irony to Krantz’s wonderful approach to art appreciation. She and her colleagues question whether or not museums should quit striving to be quiet, odourless environments full of ‘Do not Touch’ signs, in favor of providing everyone, sighted or not, with better ways to engage with the art.

Whether you’re an art lover or not, I’d strongly recommend you watch “Ecstasy.” You can’t fail to be moved by what it says about the power of intimate touch.

About the author:

UK-based artist Billy Chainsaw specializes in mixed-media pop art and has exhibited in numerous galleries in such far-flung locations as London and Los Angeles. Learn more about his work at www.koolkrakenincorporated.com

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Mimi17 5 months ago

Great film..Nekane has wonderful breasts..

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Mimi17 5 months ago

Sounds interesting..:)

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    _fer_realz_ 17 minutes ago

    He got off in her, his jizz is dripping out of her as they kiss just before they go to the shower.

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    _fer_realz_ 19 minutes ago

    I'm "favoriting" this film and giving it my 10 because Linda Sweet is a personal favorite of mine and her chemistry with Maximilian is so ... well, sweet. (:

    But this climbing up on all kinds of furniture and objects that real people would never have sex on just to avoid the monotony of always showing sex in the same places thing is approaching absurdity when you have both Linda and Maximilian climb up on the bathroom vanity to finish off.

    It makes total sense for the story to have them start in the bathroom ~ but to finish off on a rickety, hard, uncomfortable vanity is just absurd. I can think of a zillion places I'd want to have sex and a bathroom vanity just ain't one. And I'm pretty darn certain my girlfriend would agree with me, even though she's even more kinky than I am.

    So they should have started out in the bathroom, retreated to somewhere comfortable that real people would have real sex at to finish up ~ and then ended up in the shower.

    The final shower footage BTW was quite cute and romantic and totally in place.

    An otherwise nice film with an improbable ~ and very uncomfortable (for both actors) looking ~ place for the main portion of sex.

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    Rose 3 hours ago

    Lucy is gorgeous, and brings a lot of energy to her scenes. Cute story! Who wouldn't like to warm their hands on her beautiful breasts? :-)

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    Geo1 4 hours ago

    Little late to the game here...but Agreed Timea Bella is utterly captivating in this scene. She is just so fresh and adorable and natural in her response, and a total babe as well.
    Not going to say anything about Matt here, just a little jealous of guy with a job like his...although he does it well...

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    Mimi17 6 hours ago

    Yummo..!

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