"Ways of seeing Erotic Architecture".
These articles were based on, and inspired, by the
atmosphere and philosophy of the Alternative Space. The
following article was published on the 22nd July 2011.
PROVOCATIVE SPACES PROMOTE “A JOY
Exciting spaces are needed to allow, and
promote, the happening of extraordinary experiences.
Extraordinary experiences are based on
the excitement created by transcending normal day to day
behavior. These erotic moments can take the form of
transcending the cerebral (money or material objects),
physical (sex), or spiritual experiences (religion). The
most extraordinary experiences are always highly emotionally
The erotic has little to do with sex.
The erotic experience relies on the
senses. For an experience to be erotically charged, it must
be light hearted positive and happy. A depressed person can
never experience the erotic, or create erotic spaces. A
stressed person is lost to the erotic. A tired or hungry
person will not be interested. Real physical pain does not
enhance the erotic experience. The body, soul and mind must
be clean and healthy to enjoy the erotic. The erotic is in
essence playful. Erotic places and moments are based on a
“joy for life”.
Transition spaces that allow the
discarding of stress and depression before entering the
erotically charged spaces are essential. The spirit of the
participant must be ”rested”, ”healed” and “cleaned” before
the joy for life can manifest itself. This healing and
cleaning process cannot be forced, and will take up lots of
time. Without this healing process of the spirit, the
erotic will become blatant and gross. This should not be
The quality of specifically created
spaces can promote the liberation that allows the actor to
transcend normal behavior and create the erotic impulse. The
erotic impulse reacts with the senses. The ultimate erotic
impulse is when all the senses concur in a moment of
The design of environments that
challenge the logic, the needs, the emotions, the
expectations and the taboos imposed on our senses, is
critical for the joy for life impulse to flourish. Such
environments help the person to discard inhibitions, and
feed their inner spirit, allowing them to live out what
is often suppressed, secret and hidden.