Do you remember this film “Hysteria” (2011) about female hysteria in the Victorian era where a doctor whose practice specializes in the treatment of “hysteria”, a popular diagnosis for women of that time. If you don’t know what that is, here’s a little enlightenment. Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women. Women considered to be suffering from it exhibited a wide array of symptoms, including faintness, nervousness, sexual desire, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in the abdomen, muscle spasm, shortness of breath, irritability, loss of appetite for food or sex, and “a tendency to cause trouble.” We get that, and it happens to the anxious people, and how to get rid of it? That doctor found that something exciting, stimulating or swelling will help you though it; an orgasm. But there are tons of ways for you to reach orgasm without direct stimulation or common coitus. As far as human being live with their constantly buzzing mind, they or we will find any way to get la petit mort.
Now move along to our man who happened not shy at all to bring it on a plate. Clayton James Cubitt, a.k.a. Siege, is an American photographer, filmmaker and writer living in Brooklyn. If you go straight to Google Image, you’ll find his pornographic photographs of juicy and obscene models. The man loves tossing our sexual tensions. He has acute worship for women, I must say because he used a lot of female models. He comes up with unusual erotica, austere style, and a slight censor. The tingles that we all need to tick our mind and sense in getting sexual stimulation. It’s not a porno, its erotica. The difference is, in porno you get the whole visual, see the bland story and you just chug it in with no imagination. But in erotica, you become a peeping tom. You get bits, whether the visual or audio or even a zoom-in circle-bordered picture of a green pea on a table, and you think of a nipple. That’s erotica. You see a pool of milk and a man’s abs glistening in the middle of it, you get aroused by thinking of wordplay or any play in your mind. It’s erotica. You feel the passion and can’t hold any longer yet still prying to get the innumerable possibilities of the whole story in it.
Cubitt’s project “Hysterical Literature” is probably the most viral one. It’s mix of literature and sex in a black-and-white video, obviously. But Cubitt said, “It’s not literally showing any sex. The sex is hidden.“ It is hidden, we can’t see hardcore penetration, but we hear women reading their personally picked literature with breathy punctuation, soft gasps and sighs. Again, he stated, “I prefer it when people experience some mystery and magic and ‘WTF’ when first seeing them, but I understand that life is busy, and bloggers want to get their readers to look at what they post.” It’s not Terry Richardson-esque or Nobuyoshi Araki-esque, but definitely gritty and controversial. He sees narcissism has been creeping up every individual and just snaps it, and I think he made it. Check out Stoya’s session with Necrophilia Variations as her reading and watch her shudders before make it to the closing line. This project is like a graceful voyeurism.
Not to mention his other projects “Long Portraits”. “Magic Interview” where he asked a simple question like “What happened after you left school?” to a girl and toying her with a vibrator. It’s like “Hysterical Literature” but more interactive and shorter. You have no idea how bad people get distracted by sex. We know orgasm affects brain chemistry. Your mind goes completely blank at the highest sexual experience. You feel so full yet your head is empty. It’s hysterical!
More info about him, you can check his site or maybe his Instagram, coz he posts a lot!
Words by Febrina Anindita