At gøre intimitet med Grindr

Kristian Møller Jørgensen

Publikation: KonferencebidragPaperForskning

Resumé

Since its advent in 2009 the geo-chat sex and dating app Grindr has risen to ubiquity for men seeking sex with men in many metropolitan areas. Well passed the point of critical mass the apps have become not only sustainable options for their users, but in many cases indispensable media for finding intimacy and being intimate. This paper asks what happens to people’s practices and experiences of intimacy when they are negotiated through locative apps, and is based on partipant observations and interviews in East London.

Research of locative media often fall in two opposing categories, either exploring its potentials as an empowering tool for place making and belonging, or its capacity for erosion of privacy along with critically assessing the commercialisation of yet another part of our bodily and social practices. This paper asserts that we should push past dialectical thinking and not only think of locative media in terms of opportunity and risk, or strategically formed power landscape open to some form of tactical navigation. The relationship between bodily practices of intimacy and mediating technologies is in Donna Haraway’s term a heterogenous assemblage radically open to surprising ways of doing intimacy. Understanding mediatization as becoming evermore related to shifts in embodiment and spatiality, I describe the mediatised intimacies through André Janssons sociospatialised mediatization concept (Jansson, 2013). I ask how people may adapt their intimate practices when geo-chat with their set of affordances are experienced as materially indispensable; how hierarchies of desirability premediates the positioning and representations of self; and finally, how the normalisation of mediatised intimacy takes many different forms, depending on the degree to which the practices are seen as normal or taboo.
Bidragets oversatte titelAt gøre intimitet med Grindr
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato5 maj 2015
Antal sider4
StatusUdgivet - 5 maj 2015
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedGeomedia: Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds - Karlstad Universitet, Karlstad, Sverige
Varighed: 5 maj 20158 maj 2015
Konferencens nummer: 2015

Konference

KonferenceGeomedia
Nummer2015
LokationKarlstad Universitet
LandSverige
ByKarlstad
Periode05/05/201508/05/2015

Bibliografisk note

Jeg indser at jeg har indberettet denne aktivitet forker. Jeg vil mene at den skal opgives som et paper og ikke en aktivitet. Kan det ændres?

Citer dette

Jørgensen, K. M. (2015). Doing intimacy with Grindr. Afhandling præsenteret på Geomedia, Karlstad, Sverige.
Jørgensen, Kristian Møller. / Doing intimacy with Grindr. Afhandling præsenteret på Geomedia, Karlstad, Sverige.4 s.
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