Places Where I’ve Fuck’d – Vincent Chevalier

Posted 31 3 2010: #montreal #qc #17 y/o #bttm #oral (Places Where I’ve Fuck’d)

I grew up cruising on the edge of the internet age. My first sexual experiences were mediated through online activity. At a young age, having learned the syntax of the online cruise, I was orienting myself sexually and spatially, chatting in order to hook up with men all across Montreal. Logging onto gay chat rooms, I would advertise my desires and what I had to offer in as small an amount of text as possible: HoMa / 16 yo / 5’10” / 200lbs / 6″unc / hairy / bttm.[1] With the recent advent of social media blogging platforms such as Tumblr, cruising apps like Grindr, and search tools like Google Street View (GSV), the sexually charged links between cityscape and cyberspace became further entwined.

Over the past three years I’ve kept a little black blog, a Tumblr consisting of images of Places Where I’ve Had Sex. Using GSV, it is possible for me to virtually revisit and document these sites, no matter if they are down the street from me or on the other side of the world. The images I find are posted on the blog and labeled with hashtags, formatted to read like chat jargon, describing simple details about my encounter (age, sex acts, location). Some of the posts are made immediately after the sexual encounter takes place, while others are drawn from my memory months or years after the act. In this way, the blog is an anonymous record of my sexual history, depicting a variety of sites and sex acts.[2] This blog is neither a biography, nor is it fiction. It lies somewhere between the lived and the disclosed, the anonymous and the surveilled. It records an encounter with an unnamed other, that is in turn offered up for an encounter with the viewer, disclosed via the medium of the weblog.

Posted 16 8 2011: #montreal #qc #27 y/o #versa #pnp #pig #pissplay (Places Where I’ve Fuck’d)

 

Posted 29 2 2012 – #vancouver #bc #28 y/o #bttm #bdsm #w/s #daddy #boi (Places Where I’ve Fuck’d)

 

Posted 20 3 2010 – #montreal #qc #21 y/o #bttm #j/o (Places Where I’ve Fuck’d)


Disclosure 2.0

PWIFd is an apparatus. The record exists at the point where I put my life into play and offer it up to the reader of the blog. It is here that a subject is read: the “I” of the PWIFd, the author of the blog, the cruiser, the artist, the internet user, the anonymous stranger in the dark. In this description of the project, I am drawing upon the concept of the apparatus developed by the philosopher Giorgio Agamben. According to Agamben, the apparatus is “anything that has in some way the capacity to capture, orient, determine, intercept, model, control, or secure the gestures, behaviours, opinions, or discourses of living beings.”[3] Crucially, for Agamben, these points of capture are sites where the subject becomes visible. As such, the subject is not present in a singular position, but constituted via multiple points of encounter between the living being and apparatuses.[4] Language itself is an apparatus, but so are technologies like an archive, search engine, or chat program, physical sites like cruising grounds or bathhouses, and discursive acts such as disclosure.

Posted 6 1 2011 – #nyc #ny #27 y/o #bttm #3some (Places Where I’ve Fuck’d)

 

The little black book is an inconspicuous little journal that occupies the popular imagination as a tool for the sexually active individual to keep a record of his (or her) multiple partners, noting phone numbers, statistics, and impressions of encounters for a later date. With PWIFd, a publicly accessible weblog, however, this act of recording is also a disclosure. If we consider disclosure as an apparatus, an act of language in which I put myself into play, we can see how this gesture produces a subject that is not localized in a single identity position, but through a multitude of encounters that make it apparent. This subject is at once present and invisible, anonymous and highly surveilled, in every hashtag or GSV image on the blog, in every place where I’ve fucked. This latent presence is ultimately irreducible to any single act of disclosure, on or off the web. That is, the subject who is revealed is not static, but constantly being imagined, relocated, and updated with every encounter. My identity has always been mobile: PWIFd lays bare this connection in its concept and form.

Posted 5 4 2010: #ottawa #on #16 y/o #oral (Places Where I’ve Fuck’d)

 

Notes:

[1] I have included a glossary of important terms to help those unfamiliar with certain technologies and features of the web that I am describing.

hashtag:
The hashtag (#) is a symbol used to mark a keyword or topic of a blog post. It is a user-generated and collaborative form of categorization of websites that allows for freeform association between ideas and imagery.

Google Street View:
A popular (and somewhat controversial) feature of Google Maps that offers users a navigable and panoramic image of the street level. These images are aggregated from visual and GPS data collected by a roving fleet of specially adapted street cars that inconspicuously travel the roadways, documenting the landscape as they pass. Google Street View was launched in the United States in May 2007, and appeared in Canada in September 2009.

Grindr:
A mobile phone app that taps into a devices location-based services to connect users searching for sex (or conversation) through its instant messaging service. The app launched in 2009.

Tumblr:
Founded in 2007, Tumblr is a microblogging and social media platform that allows users to easily and freely share blog content with each other.

[2] There are over 180 posts and counting. This project can not be considered entirely anonymous, in that I link to it on my own website, have spoken about it in the press, and am writing this article about it. However, neither my name nor any indication of my identity is mentioned anywhere on the site. As noted, all images are sourced from Google Street View and therefore do not have any indication to my having been present at the site, other than the fact that it is on PWIFd.

[3] Agamben, What is an Apparatus? and Other Essays, 14.

[4] Agamben, Profanations, 72.

 

Bibliography:

Agamben, Giorgio. Profanations. Trans. Jeff Fort. New York: Zone Books, 2007.

Agamben, Giorgio. What is an Apparatus? and Other Essays. Trans. David Kishik and Stefan Pedatella. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009.

“Google Street View goes live in Canadian cities.” CBC News. October 7, 2009, accessed May 5 2012. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2009/10/07/tech-internet-google-street-view-toronto.html.

“Grindr – Learn More.” Grindr. http://grindr.com/learn-more. Accessed May 5, 2012.

O’Reilly, Tim. “What Is Web 2.0: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of             Software.” O’Reilly Media. September 30, 2005, accessed May 5, 2012. http://oreilly.com/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html.

Places Where I’ve Fuck’d – PWIF’d. http://pwifd.tumblr.com. Accessed May 7, 2012.

“About | Tumblr.” Tumblr Inc. http://www.tumblr.com/about. Accessed May 5, 2012.

Vincent Chevalier (b. 1983) lives and works in Montreal, Quebec. His art practice is about disclosure and its affects. Starting from a personal engagement with his content, he employs multiple processes of mediation, creating performances, videos, photographs, web art, and installations that underline an intimate distance between himself and the viewer. He has exhibited both locally and internationally, and is an active presence both online and in the cruising parks of various cities across the continent.  www.vincentchevalier.ca

 



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