“I think that erotic tension is a really unique feeling for everyone.” Alexandra Zakharenko
Touch, sensation and intimacy: from the innermost depths of the current human experience, these terms have been confronted and redefined from the inside to the outside on a global scale. Whether it is through fear or a new found liberation, the actual touch of other people’s skin and our own is always a political act — it reveals the social bounds that constrain our understanding of the body and limit our full expression of identity and self. In WET, Alexandra Zakharenko (working under moniker Perila), explores this topic through the lens of sexuality, gathering elements such as poetry and sound to take a dive into the vivid, tactile experiences of eroticism in its most graceful state. WET, which stands for Weird Erotic Tension, steps into the zone where desire is allowed to meet fragility, tenderness and even ferocity.
This time, NSNS editor SGBA had the chance to exchange questions and ideas with Zakharenko, who shares the details on the process of translating a sensorial experience into sounds and words.
The fine line between erotica and sexuality is as complex as it is enriching, pushing our perspective of what might be considered taboo or obscene, too much for the eye. As a first question, SGBA inquires on the difference between “erotic tension” and “sexual tension” as a fundamental part of the project: