Published on July 3rd, 2012 | by thetoolsman44
The Naked Truth Show 01: Orgasm
Welcome to the first episode of The Naked Truth Show, our first experiment with audio. Use the links below to download the four parts of the show and then read details of the piece that inspired the topic. We will like as much feedback as possible, please use the comment box below to speak your mind. Cheers.
Orgao/Orgasm – by Laolu Senbanjo
The piece is a visual representation of an individual at orgasm; that almost inexplicable moment at the zenith of pleasure. It shows a figure kneeling, caught in a vortex of intense emotion that almost seems to threaten to consume it. There appears to be some ambiguity to the gender of the figure, it has feminine contours and a phallic protrusion oozing black cum from between its legs, a black river of death akin to The Styx, a somewhat sinister tone.
The black and red used for the lines radiating outward around the figure are striking colours reminiscent of the arcane/profane to some, and of passion, fire and inflamed/excited nerve endings to others.
There are two disembodied brains in the piece, they float, unconnected to any body, symbolizing the disconnect from rational thought at the point of orgasm.
The triquetra symbol refers to the mind, body and soul and what hapeans to their interaction at orgsm. The black ejaculate from the calabash forms a word, ‘Afromysterics’, the mystery of the artist’s thought pattern.
These are some of the many images and symbols within this piece.
Kate Hallet, a friend of the artist and of the gallery says “One of my favourite parts of this work is the hidden ‘power’ button. This to me symbolizes the clitoris for the woman or the head of the penis for the man because for most of us, all you have to do is rub it the right way and Bam! An orgasmic explosion may erupt.”
We’ve been trying to find a descriptive word or term referring to the idea/concept of orgasm in any indigenous Nigerian language, or indeed African, we haven’t found any definitive terms and some of the answers we received, like this one;
@alakoweyoruba: A kò kí n dárúkọ ọ̀rọ̀ báyìí ní Yorùbá nítorípé àṣà wa kàá kún “Ìsọkúsọ”. Àfiwé ni wọ́n má nfi sọ ọ́.
Made us doubt the existence/capacity of the languages to describe the experience, but people have helped us find descriptive ones:
Gongo igbadun ibalopo (from a prof of yoruba in UniIlorin)
Ó ti nítumọ̀. àlàyé ẹ̀ nìyen. Ṣùgbọ́n kìí ṣe pé àwọn èyàn ò mọ̀ ọ́. wọn ò kàn kí nṣọ ọ́ jáde lẹ́nu ni.
In our search we’ve inadvertently stumbled on an interesting thing about language and culture, language evolved to allow people to describe their environment, express themselves and communicate. It seems that certain ideas/concepts were taboo, and so were not discussed; perhaps this is why finding a word/term to describe them is difficult. This gives some insight into human behavior and language development.
As Kate Hallet puts it:
“The mind cannot handle what the orgasm gives, it’s like the rapture comes and takes away all senses yet gives you even more at the same time. All the mind can do is shut down and go with the flow” read her full piece at her blog here.
Everyone has individual perceptions and descriptions of what an orgasm feels like, some of which we’ve tried to gather and document. We are very interested in your thoughts on the piece and if you know of a way to describe this experience and want to share it, please use the comment box below.
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