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Touch Parade

2011, 5-channel HD video
Touch Parade, (crush) 9:22 min loop; (squeeze-2-pop) 5:49 min loop; (wading) 3:41 min loop; (glove love) 6:58 min loop; (pedal pump) 5:45 min loop

Touch Parade is a video installation that explores “plastic love” or fetish culture and the assimilation of marginalized sexuality on the internet. In questioning what is an explicit and/or illicit image, fetishes found on YouTube that consist of banal gestures, are re-performed by Burns. Unlike other pornographic content these videos evaded censor­ing because they were not culturally recognized as representations of sexuality. The simultaneous display of touching, accompanied by the layered sound of the various actions, provokes empathic corpore­al cognition in the viewer as a way towards questioning culturally limited notions of desire.

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade

Installation view of Touch Parade, 2011

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade

Video still, Touch Parade (crush), 2011

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade

Video still, Touch Parade (squeeze-2-pop), 2011

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade

Video still, Touch Parade (wading), 2011

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade

Video still, Touch Parade (glove love), 2011

A.K. Burns, Touch Parade

Video still, Touch Parade (pedal pump), 2011

A video composite of all five videos playing simultaneously, similar to the installation.