Boxing Philosophical: Can We Have Sex

Join us for a conversation about sex and art. Is sex something we have? What does it mean to be a giver, a taker, a sharer? Can we store sex, hoard it? What is sex when it is boring, or unpleasurable? Why is sex a vector for such intense, powerful forms of shaming? We learn and unlearn sex. Sex is a feeling. Sex is material. So many moral judgments are informed by how sex is presented and represented. On its glisteningly bare surface, any marketplace—especially the art world’s—is driven by titillation and provocation; but it is also regulated by forces of denial, inhibition, and repression.

Sometimes we are most who we are in sex; sometimes we are not. What does this mean? So much joy; so much suffering. In sex we encounter, emerge from, and are constituted by states of freedom and unfreedom.
Can we have sex? ICA LA’s Boxing Philosophical series invites feminist scholar Jennifer Doyle and artist Dorian Wood to consider these sensual and sensitive issues with philosopher Rossen Ventzislavov, who returns to the series as moderator/instigator.

This conversation is presented in conjunction with No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake, which will remain open until the discussion begins.

Start Date

January 8, 2020

End Date

January 8, 2020


07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


1717 E 7th St

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