The Darkest Spot

Anneke Duran

Anneke Duran

Colours: when the eye is the darkest spot, wrapped in darkness on a sunny day.
Last year it’s been Lizard Squad, this year it’s Phantom Squad – this kind of scum that’s penetrating gamer’s networks won’t die out. And after the one or another arrest new leagues of script kiddies, eager to pass their tests of courage, emerging from the dust. Who knows, maybe they are just collecting street credibility for further criminal activities in the future. Your parents are certainly proud of you, kids!

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So Retro!

Liana, Logan

Liana, Logan

A blast from the past, or: is anybody remembering David Cameron? The guy who fought porn, oh, and he was Prime Minister, too? David Cameron’s Internet porn war won’t put women off watching it – quelle surprise – because ladies are looking (for) porn, too! Nice news article. And when both men and women are looking for porn, and some governments are building up firewalls that will prevent exactly that – what will happen?
The revival of the printed porn magazine! So retro, so cool again! Continue reading

Tumblr, Twitter, and the like

Anita Berlusconi

Anita Berlusconi

The emphasis on interest has created the buzzword of the day: Tumblr, and also Twitter, is an interest graph while networks like facebook and Google+ are social graphs. Note the difference: Twitter is rather transparent and you quickly learn how’s following whom. Tweets can be read by many, not only followers. Tumblr users are collecting stuff they’re interested in from people they are following. There is no ‘public life’ like Twitter has. Tumblr’s dashboard is one’s very personal window to the world, and that’s why so many of us got so upset when Yahoo was buying this platform. Continue reading

Aesthetics of Porn

Rosie, Flores

Rosie, Flores


Mental Sinema likes that moment of anticipation, the silence before ecstasy. We are looking at porn images as if it was art. Why shouldn’t it be art?
Mental Sinema isn’t that interested in the porn industry but in the aesthetics of porn. What are the patterns? How does porn work? Why are we attracted or disgusted? How does it reflect our own desires?
On our travel through porn we have discovered that porn needs some kind of cultural context. If a viewer assumes an image to be porn or not is dependent from his cultural circle. Since the legalisation of porn this context is changing constantly.
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