Uses of the Erotic: Erotic as Power
Human Dynamics

“Now, there are many kinds of power - both the ones we use and the ones we do not yet use, acknowledged
or otherwise.”

My own experience to contextualize and process Audre Lorde’s recording of her 1978 delivery of Uses of the Erotic: Erotic as Power during the Fourth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women seemed to mirror Lorde’s description of one’s rediscovery with the erotic - one that created a sense of validity and understanding within myself.

Within the medium of film utilizing Lorde’s audio, I wanted to capture an authenticity and agency from my actors, and thus my cinematography was directed by the actors’ instructions. These instructions were in addition to the lowered position I put myself in, which visualized their figures as a source of power. Along with these images, their figures were juxtaposed against the ocean, a domain of innate power.