September 23rd, 2008

This Friday begins the much anticipated — by me, at least — 2008 Arse Elektronika, the three-day San Francisco conference about sex and technology where I’ll be presenting on power dynamics in erotic video game fan fiction. Translation: what it means when twelve-year-olds write stories about Link and Midna doing the dirty. The conference will take place at CELLspace. Tickets for all three days are only $40. OMG are you coming yet?

See the Arse Elektronika site for a full list of presentations, which include talks on robot sex, underwater love, and much much more. The theme of this year’s conference is “Do androids sleep with electric sheep?”, so there’s a science fiction bent to the event. There’s also an opening party on Thursday where the organizers will be presenting a new book, pr0nnovation: Pornography and Technological Innovation. Plus you get a free drink with admission. Alcohol and sex tech: what more do you need?

My presentation is scheduled for 3:00 on Friday. For those of you who can’t make it — the horror! — I’ll be blogging the event all weekend. Check my Twitter (@MyOwnVelouria) for regular updates between posts. Oh, and if you still need convincing, see Laughing Squid’s photos from last year’s event. Hint: they involve mannequins with giant nipples. Hope to see you there!

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