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Esther M. K. Cheung, Gina Marchetti, and See-Kam Tan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028566

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028566.001.0001

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On Isaac Leung, Cyber Sex as Pseudo-Science:

On Isaac Leung, Cyber Sex as Pseudo-Science:

The Artist's Search for Sex Spaces in Hong Kong (and Beyond)

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Katrien Jacobs

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter investigates the work of the researcher as “sex artist” or vice versa, the “sex artist” as researcher, wondering if artistic types of research methodology ought to be taken seriously in the fields of media and sexuality studies. More specifically, the chapter hopes to work out this question in dialogue with a gay media artist from Hong Kong, Isaac Leung. Leung became internationally known as a “sex artist” when he volunteered to use digital media to investigate aspects of his sexual desire and identity. As a sex artist, he found that the methodologies of mainstream contemporary art and media scholarship could not capture his more fragile and quickly evolving sexual needs. As a response to the perceived outdated nature of institutionalized research methodologies, many sex artists have opted to take on “DIY” (do-it-yourself) technologies, aesthetics, and performative approaches to make their assertions.

Keywords:   sex artist, research methodology, Hong Kong, Isaac Leung, digital media, sexual desire, identity, aesthetics

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