The Erotic City: Taking Love To Another Level

As kick-off of the upcoming art event Liefde in de Stad, organised by concert hall Paradiso this month in Amsterdam, we’d like to introduce an installation that was part of the event back in 2006. ‘Liefde in de stad’ means something simple like ‘love in the city’. Because we are very interested in the erotic…

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Leisure Suit Larry In The Erotic City

Recently I rediscovered the obsolete but incredibly exciting computer game Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards. The whole game breathes the Erotic City concept as it combines the adventure of looking for love with the metropolitan atmosphere. “Set in the fictional city of Lost Wages, the story follows a middle-aged virgin…

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Intimacy Shelters

On this blog we’re looking for an interpretation of the Erotic City. Within this third post regarding that topic, we freely interpretate the public installation shown above. Rotating Shelters is a project by the German artist duo Winter/Hörbelt. Recently they designed these colourful round ‘cabines’ as a part of the redesign of the newly laid-out courtyard of the Willem Arntsz Huis,…

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Communal Erotic Spaces

The issue, really, is the absence of the erotic city. It forces us to ask: what do our spaces reflect about our treatment of sexuality? Where are the public city brothels? Why aren’t we holding drunken orgy celebrations open to all? Post-‘Sins of the flesh’ West creates a public suppression of sexuality and eroticism. There…

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Introducing The Erotic City

According to the Times, the blog Cycle Chic Copenhagen belongs to the Top 100 Blogs Worldwide. Cycle Chic Copenhagen reports about biking culture in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen. But after the fact that Copenhagen is a real bicycle city, most of the 3,623 frequent readers that Feedburner reports, must be especially interested in the sexy way the message is put forward: by portraiting ‘cycle chics’. To me it’s interesting that the blogger understands what the single most important quality of a city’s public domain is: people on the street, for this particular situation the presence of pretty girls (not hard to find in Copenhagen though). In fact, Copenhagen Cycle Chic focuses on the erotic dimension of the city. And because it’s not done to just take pictures of nice girls in a voyeur-like way, the biking theme is introduced. It’s a great contribution to Copenhagen’s city marketing to represent the city as a progressive bicycle city with plenty of pretty girls. It makes you wanna ride a bike yourself.

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