"There ain’t sex in it. It’s body worship, which becomes sex."
Maurice Braddell “The Artist” in FLESH
NEO JOE POP is a video art project inspired by 1968’s movie “Flesh” (Produced by Andy Warhol and directed by Paul Morrissey).
Joe Dallesandro features in the movie as a male prostitute - Joe, The Hustler. In the scene where “Joe” is taken to The Artist's (Maurice Braddell) house, he finds himself being objectified in a very particular way, in a way where the body is first seen as a model of beauty, a process of analysis that will trigger any kind of interaction that follows. That scene is, here, taken as a motto for an exploration on the subjects of the “body”, a moving teleimagistic collage of my own body with Dallessandro, approaching the concept of “body worship”.
NEO JOE POP is a a reflection on the subject of the “body”, the acknowledgment of ourselves as Biopolitical Machines intrinsically connected with a process of “pornification” that is nowadays overflowing through any media channel available to individuals. A process that is often connected to sexual explicit imagery but that in fact itself is strongly represented in History, often connected to practices such as sports, gods, myths…
NEO JOE POP is, also, an approach to techniques such as glitching, digital montage, and exploring the medium as a way to re-define, re-edit, re-configure. Following old formats and mixing them up with newer ones, altering their meaning. The body as an object of desire, of continuous and perpetual transformation, in this video the aim is to investigate that search and at the same time giving it a erotic, rather than sexual, meaning; exploring through sound the sexual obsessions.