I Love Your Work Looks at the Lives of 
 Lesbian Porn Stars

This week, award-winning multimedia artist Jonathan Harris releases I Love Your Work, an interactive documentary about the private lives of nine women who make lesbian porn.

Feminist porn pioneer Jincey Lumpkin, the founder of Juicy Pink Box — a NYC-based production studio that produces high quality, stylish and immensely sensual films by-ladies-for-ladies who love ladies — collaborated with Harris on the project.

Lumpkin is also one of the film’s subjects, acting as a bookend, adding commentary at the start and end of the documentary. “When you watch I Love Your Work, you realize it’s less a project about porn and more a project about women and how they live today,” Lumpkin says. “It's an emotional exploration — an instant classic.”

 

For ten consecutive days, Jonathan Harris followed the nine ladies of Juicy Pink Box around the clock for 24 hours; taking ten-second video clips every five minutes, filming whatever the women happened to be doing at the moment. The project contains 2,202 of these ten-second clips with approximately six hours of footage.

To present the project, Harris built a stunning interactive website that allows viewers to comb through the entire material. The 10-second clips follow the time format used by porn sites when offering free teasers that entice viewers into paying to see more.

Tickets for the fully interactive website are $10 each and available now; however, the website is limited to only ten viewers per day. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly, making the project difficult to see — in contrast to the instant gratification typical of Internet porn. This approach also pioneers a new economic model for digital work, where a limited number of tickets are sold to access content that’s been made artificially scarce. If it works, it could provide a viable funding mechanism for artists, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, and writers.

I Love Your Work is the latest in a string of award-winning storytelling projects Jonathan Harris has created.  In 2006, he released the We Feel Fine, a search engine for human emotions that attained high acclaim in the digital art community, was presented at the TED conference, and became a book published by Simon & Schuster.  In 2007, he released The Whale Hunt, the Webby Award winning documentary about an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean ice, where he took photographs timed to match his own heartbeat.

In 2008, he was commissioned by MoMA to create an artwork about online dating, which produced the interactive installation I Want You To Want Me.  In 2009, when he turned 30, he began documenting his own life with a photo and a story every day, and he called this project Today.  In 2010, he released Cowbird, the global storytelling community with a huge cult following, building a public library of human experiences.

I Love Your Work is a bit racier than things I’ve made in the past,” says Harris, “but it’s handled with a lot of sensitivity, and I think it’s a really intimate and revealing portrait of a community that’s usually pretty marginalized. Especially with all the recent talk about marriage equality, this feels like a timely and useful glimpse into the actual everyday lives of some real-world lesbian couples.”

10% of ticket sales are donated to the Sex Workers Project (part of New York City’s Urban Justice Center), which provides social and legal services to people who engage in sex work — whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion.

For more information about I Love Your Work, visit iloveyourwork.net

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