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"Sexting AF" art show puts your naughtiest texts on blast at Littlefield.

We all have sexting stories. Some are amusing — the embarrassing autocorrects, the dirty messages we’ve mistakenly sent to the wrong recipient, the sexy selfie attempts that end up anything but. And then there’s the more insidious experience — the unsolicited dick pics, the misogynistic comebacks from rejected Tinder bros — which is unfortunately no less common. These days, the art of seduction often comes down to how smooth you are with two thumbs and a smart phone.

A new art show, "Sexting AF", opening Wednesday night at Littlefield in Gowanus, will examine the state of modern dating through the lens of its “evolving media landscape.” Namely, what gets sent and what gets received via text, tweet, Tinder message and the like.

One curator, Sam Travis Ewen, is a professor of media and propaganda at Hunter College. He says the idea for the show emerged from the ongoing conversation he and his friends have had about the experience of, you know, being young professionals navigating the “murky waters” of dating sites in New York City.

While the new flirting mediums “break down the barriers of engagement between people,” it then becomes fascinating to examine the different ways people behave — both the good, and the bad, he explains. “What does attraction mean in a digital age, when you can hide behind a screen?” poses Ewen.

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To answer those kinds of questions, a 16-person curatorial committee, including Ewen and his media-savvy comrades, sifted through more than 300 user-submitted sexts to gather the show’s NSFW content. (It takes a village). The bulk of what they received will be put on blast/projected in a slideshow on repeat on two big screens, while 40 selections the team has deemed “best in show” will be framed, displayed, and priced at $75 each (with partial profits going to Planned Parenthood). The messages will be anonymized, the names blurred out to protect the (not always so innocent) senders and recipients.

Beyond the gallery and slideshow of sexts, the night will foster conversations that illuminate different perspectives on how technology has influenced modern romance. Alexandra Tweeten, the founder of viral Internet site Bye Felipe! will give a talk, “Documenting Disasters in Sexting,” examining instances of men lashing out when their virtual advances aren’t received in the way they envisioned.

In a lecture titled “Reframing Sexting as a Positive Relationship Behavior,” Emily Stasko, a researcher in social psychology at Drexel University, will share the results of her study on how sexting within committed relationships can be good for couples.

Artists will create interactive engagements. Bring your favorite screenshots, and Michael Birch Pierce will render them in a live stitching (see the embroidered penis in the above gallery). Artist Kim Ye will set up a “Female Gaze Photobooth,” creating a visual experience that captures “where her desires and the subjects meet,” Ewen explains. And erotic photographer Val Scaramella will take your portrait, a sort of live-action version he's calling “Your Next Best Sext.” While Ewen doesn’t expect folks to strip down and pose obscenely, “with enough alcohol, you never know what will happen,” he jokes.

You have until Tuesday at midnight to submit sexts to be included in the slideshow. Until then, be safe texting and otherwise. In the words of Lil Wayne, “Better wear a latex, cuz you don’t want that late text, that ‘I think I’m late text.’”

If you go

Sexting AF
Littlefield
622 Degraw St.
Wednesday, April 5, 5-10 p.m.
$30.75

 
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