An ode to erotic fantasies
A project in word and image, from podcast to performance.
The millennial generation has less sex than any previous generation. Meanwhile we get flooded by pornography and sex. The pressure to perform is high. Sex is everywhere and you ‘have’ to be good at it. In a time of prudishness and porn, we’re looking for the healthy centre: eroticism.
Your fantasy and erotic identity give space to be more than performance or fear. However, you’ll never hear someone about eroticism, because it’s a vulnerable subject. With Yes, Please! we want to dismantle this taboo and research the differences between generations in relation to this taboo. We want to start, develop and keep the open minded conversation going. We hope to show the power and necessity of fantasizing to grow and develop your identity and as a human being.
More info can be found below and on yes-please.nl
Research towards erotic fantasies has rarely been done the past years. Probably because many think it’s a difficult subject to talk about. Which is strange because fantasizing is in the centre of human sexuality. Eroticism has disappeared in the background while pornography got a bigger role in our society. We think it’s time to break through this shame. We should be able to talk about our fantasies. Not with the fast-food of porn, but with the slow-cooking of eroticism.
That’s why we, Company New Heroes, started a research, and search, to erotic fantasies. We are traveling through the entire country of The Netherlands with our caravan, which is currently build to be a small recording studio, to ask around for erotic fantasies. This way we’ll hear what people fantasize about, if people feel ashamed and why that would be. And are we as free and safe in our fantasies as we hope?
With our caravan named Bolleke we’ve been at many festivals (like Down the Rabbit Hole, De Parade and Lowlands) and last week we were at the Huishoudbeurs. We’re far from done! We’ll keep looking for fantasies and our database will keep growing. We’ll keep traveling in the Netherlands and Belgium. We’ll keep our site and Facebook up to date!
What’s the importance of eroticism anyway? We’ve read heaps of books, combed through studies, spoke to many experts and recorded countless erotic stories. We spoke to scientists, journalists, philosophers and sexologists. Find out all about our research and conclusions in our live show. During summer of 2019 we tour trough the Dutch and Flemish festivals and theaters to present our liveshow. You can find us for example at De Parade, Theater aan Zee and Lowlands.
Erotic stories and a live audience – it’s a match made in heaven.
The Liveshow has a lecture to give necessary information and interesting discoveries we made in our research, an erotic story to get everyone in the mood, a live interview like we usually do in our caravan, music and audience participation. We’ll listen to your opinions, answer your questions and hopefully start a conversation everyone can keep going at home!
Check the calendar to see where you can catch the live show this summer!
Big exposition (2020)
In the Yes, Please project we work towards a Big erotic exposition in which visitors go on a journey through several spaces, guided by podcasts playing erotic stories and fantasies via headphones.
The Big exposition will be a sensory, performative journey of discovery into your own erotic identity
The exposition is planned to premiere in March 2020 in Marres, Maastricht and presented at several festivals and theaters.
Going in depth
Yes, Please does many more things besides recording the fantasies, our live show and installation! We organised a writing competition together with our partner De Buren for instance, called Het Rode Oor. We do a podcastseries with the VPRO and participate in scientific research and educational projects. And in the spring of 2020 we will publish a book by Bruna, the same publisher of Nancy Friday 50 years ago. In this book we present our investigation and the most interesting fantasies we found.
If you are interested in collaboration or have questions about Yes Please, please contact project coordinator Kim via kim[at]stichtingnieuwehelden.nl