at Zuzu's doesn't consist of your typical two eggs and toast. Instead
while ZuZu does offer pancakes, farm fresh butter and sugar, the menu
also provides a generous portion of hot bootie.
Proudly serving sex along with other porn video vignettes is the
newly formed Philadelphia-based ArtNerd Porn Collective, an
eight-member group that makes and screens queer-positive, sex-positive,
feminist porn. "We are a group of friends building a community where we
can have fun and safely express our sexuality and creativity,"
explained ArtNerd Hannah Burton by e-mail.
Co-sponsored by Grand Opening! and The Video Underground, Truth
Serum Productions presents an evening of indie porn from the Art Nerds
along with performances by Miss Dominica K, Thru The Keyhole Burlesque
and readings by Michelle Brennan on Sunday, Feb. 22 at The Milky Way in
For the most part, The ArtNerds offer a new marker in our
sex-phobic and sex-obsessed culture. But as this mixed gender group -
which despite Burton preferred to preserve their anonymity than reveal
names - will tell you, they simply came together to make hot porn that
represents their desires. Their motivations vary from boredom with
queer porn to an interest in public sex to becoming superstars. As one
member put it: "I joined the collective because I've been jealous of
Hugh Hefner my whole life. Why does he get to sit around in silk PJs
with all the hot girls? I want that for me, too."
While Hefner is certainly a straight Playboy icon, the collective
draws its main inspiration from queer sexperts like Susie Bright, Annie
Sprinkle, Christopher Lee, and Shar Rednour. Each ArtNerd identifies as
"white, queer, feminist and smart" between the ages of 19 and 30
While the collective has only just begun to screen their homemade
movies, Boston audiences should expect a wide body of work. As Burton
detailed, their flicks range from "sweet making out to fist fucking and
from straight forward narratives to conceptual explorations." Burton
added, they also, "fetishize the irony and humor of tittie fucking and
take a fresh look at the intensity of blow jobs." But besides striving
to give blow jobs a new cinematic look, the group's main objective is
to offer clips of sexual variance about themselves and their "perverted
friends" without instigating the shock factor.
"For some of us, turning the camera on our sex feels very
anti-extreme and non-shocking," wrote Burton. "Our queer, feminist sex
is normal to us, not shocking in the way that Howard Stern and Larry
Flint talk about sex because that trivializes what we do every day."
Instead, by performing the radical acts of fucking in public, the
collective aspires to turn the private into public by creating
accessibility for sexual knowledge, access and recognition.
"We wanted to see what our sex looked like in the light," said
Burton. "We wanted to see our hotness on the screen and redefine the
images of what queer sex looks like."
Catch The ArtNerd Porn Collective on Sunday, Feb. 22 at The Milky
Way, 403-5 Centre St., JP. 21+. Tickets: $8. At 8 pm. For more
information, visit www.truthserum.org.