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Touch Me

Jantje Almstedt In “Touch Me”, Jantje Almstedt explores what is still too often hidden beyond and between sexualized advertising images, porn, sex toys, and prudishness: authentic pleasure involving the whole body and genuine feeling and enjoyment. In “Touch Me” it becomes visible in the form of appreciative sexuality that goes far beyond commodification. Written by Ronny Matthes

"Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. Diese Maßnahme wird mitfinanziert durch Steuermittel auf der Grundlage des vom Sächsischen Landtag beschlossenen Haushaltes".
Ceramics 15.10–31.10.2021

“This is your better, smarter orgasm.” This is not how an escort or porn website advertises itself, but rather how Lioness, a smart vibrator that measures the contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor, vaginal, and sphincter muscles does. An app visualizes the data and is designed to help the user enjoy their orgasms even more. Does the drive for self-optimization not even stop at masturbation? Or is this another step towards liberating the female orgasm?

In her installation “Touch Me”, Jantje Almstedt plays with this (putative) contradiction. Oversized ceramic sex toys, glazed in bright colours, are spread out on the floor. Their smooth, sterile surfaces are contrasted by large-format digital prints on strips of fabric hanging from the ceiling, showing images of skin folds, body hair, and wrinkled bellies. Hands carefully and curiously stroke the bodies. What do these images do to us?

Janjte Almstedt Toy 01 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 01 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 70x30x50cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 02 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 02 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 70x40x40cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 03 Touch Me Exhibition
Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 03 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 03 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 65x30x30cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 04 Touch Me Exhibition
Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 04 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 04 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 65x60x35cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 05 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 05 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 60x45x45cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 06 Touch Me Exhibition
Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 06 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 06 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 70x40x50cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
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Touch Me
Length: 4:53 min

Touch Me

Jantje Almstedt

Ceramics

15.10–31.10.2021

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In “Touch Me”, Jantje Almstedt explores what is still too often hidden beyond and between sexualized advertising images, porn, sex toys, and prudishness: authentic pleasure involving the whole body and genuine feeling and enjoyment. In “Touch Me” it becomes visible in the form of appreciative sexuality that goes far beyond commodification.

“This is your better, smarter orgasm.” This is not how an escort or porn website advertises itself, but rather how Lioness, a smart vibrator that measures the contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor, vaginal, and sphincter muscles does. An app visualizes the data and is designed to help the user enjoy their orgasms even more. Does the drive for self-optimization not even stop at masturbation? Or is this another step towards liberating the female orgasm?

In her installation “Touch Me”, Jantje Almstedt plays with this (putative) contradiction. Oversized ceramic sex toys, glazed in bright colours, are spread out on the floor. Their smooth, sterile surfaces are contrasted by large-format digital prints on strips of fabric hanging from the ceiling, showing images of skin folds, body hair, and wrinkled bellies. Hands carefully and curiously stroke the bodies. What do these images do to us?

Written by Ronny Matthes

"Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. Diese Maßnahme wird mitfinanziert durch Steuermittel auf der Grundlage des vom Sächsischen Landtag beschlossenen Haushaltes".

Janjte Almstedt Toy 01 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 01 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 70x30x50cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 02 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 02 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 70x40x40cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 03 Touch Me Exhibition
Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 03 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 03 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 65x30x30cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 04 Touch Me Exhibition
Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 04 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 04 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 65x60x35cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 05 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 05 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 60x45x45cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 06 Touch Me Exhibition
Photography by Jakob Adolphi
Janjte Almstedt Toy 06 Touch Me Exhibition
Toy 06 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 70x40x50cm Photography by Jakob Adolphi