Research/Video, 2017

The network of sexual encounters created through the practice of cruising requires specific and ephemeral geographies that do not locate spaces but bodies.

Nowadays a huge percentage of the sexual relations that are materialised in the public sphere are triggered by Internet through different technological devices such as computers, tablets or smartphones that act as hotspots where connections can be made. The technology of the GPS (Global Position System), the LGM (Locative Geosocial Media), and the IFS (Information Filtering System) generate finely calibrated maps of the furtive sexual encounters happening in the urban realm in real time. Satellites, servers, software, interfaces… are also part of these visualisations. Badoo, Down, Tindr, Brenda, Blued, Glimpse, Grindr, Happen, Hinge, Jack’d, Pure, Scruff or ManHunt are smartphone applications that generate maps of the sexual urbanism happening close to the user’s location.

While in 1937 specific architectures participated in the making of a sexual cartography, Grindr deploys a series of technologies to make bodies the centre of a collective sexual system. Now there is no need to describe the spaces in which the public sexual encounters take place. However, what needs to be highly defined is the physiological features of bodies taking part in the sexual rendezvous.