Tokens (2020)

Lotte Louise de Jong

Sponsor: V2_Lab, Host: V2_Lab

Tokens is a multimedia installation that explores the implications of the terms of use and the monetary conditions imposed by sexcam-platforms and their payment partners on sex-cam workers. It does so, on the one hand, by implementing the ‘viewing conditions’ directly into the exhibition in the form of an installation that applies them to the different works exhibited. On the other hand the content of the works will offer a critical perspective. Three works will be presented in the space; a video, a video-sculpture, and a newspaper ticker.

Sexcam workers are completely reliant on big tech companies to provide them with payments. Where visitors of these sites can easily pay with their MasterCard or PayPal to purchase ‘tokens’ (the payment currency on many cam platforms), performers are struggling to get paid because these services don’t want to ‘engage in sex work-based services’. At the same time the performers have to agree with an extensive terms of use ‘contract’, that basically takes away all the rights of the performers and negates any liability by the platform.

With this project Lotte Louise de Jong maps the power structures and shows the oppressive role many dominant platforms and companies play with regard to this form of sex work. She believes that the responsibility should be placed on those who earn the most from it.

Tokens is a work by artist Lotte Louise de Jong with the collaboration of artist and researcher Antonia Hernández

Text by Antonia Hernández.

Thanks to the performers:  YoungRiceWang, Lady Morrigan, Oliver Valentine, Residual, Faith and Fawna Fuller.

Development by Luke Murphy and Tancredi Di Giovanni.

This project was developed during a residency as part of a Summer Sessions residency at V2_.