Pleasure Pouches

Photo: Photography students at Leyton Sixth Form College
Photo: Photography students at Leyton Sixth Form College
Photo: Photography students at Leyton Sixth Form College

Pleasure Pouches is a performance/workshop inviting people to explore, share and enact their desires by picking a pouch to play with. Through fantasy and imagined touch, smell and taste, participants develop a desire that they share with others and then attempt to categorise. The options are gushing ’n’ gaping’ , squeezing’ ’n’ rolling’, flicking ’n’ thrusting’, tearing ’n’ tossing’ or “other”. Participants can choose to be perverts by contaminating the purity of the categories. They are then asked to make a sticker to identify themselves with their desires and go “find their people”.

Once found, participants are asked to define their community in terms of what they do/don’t do, their politics and their icon (which is chosen from 19 laminated options). Communities are shared with the rest of the group and partners chosen for enacting desires based on them as individuals instead of as fetishised, stereotypical features of that group in human-form and acknowledging any discriminatory ideologies they’re playing out.

Pleasure Pouches was performed at Learning Space: DESIRE. 50 years of new society, nGbK, Berlin