The “Sextech” Patent Has Finally Expired

Since 1998, a patent on “teledildonics”—the connection of sexual-stimulant devices to computers, phones, or tablets has stunted innovation in the sector. The patent strictly protected the—arguably overly broad—idea behind the “method and device for interactive virtual control of sexual aids using digital computer networks.” The owners of the patent, in the eyes of analysts and competitors, seemed to own it solely to troll smaller companies …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Peach-scented records, LSD for anxiety, windowless planes, gems falling from the sky and more

1. Psychedelics Could Repair Brain Cells “Shriveled” by Depression University of California researchers have observed that psychedelics like LSD and MDMA can rewire the brain—and trigger the growth of new branches between cells—long after the drugs’ other effects have worn off. Dr David Olson, one of the study’s authors and lead researcher, notes that during cases of depression (as well as anxiety, PTSD and more) …

Pornhub’s to Open Interactive Art Show

Opening in LA this July, an interactive art installation by perhaps an unexpected company: Pornhub. The month-long exhibition imagines a sex-positive, utopian society (circa 2069) in which Pornhub is in charge of the government and departments like the National Sexurity ASSociation (NSA), Domination Masochistic Vroomvroom (DMV) and more exist to make the world a better place. The show will take place over seven rooms and …

Crude, Alluring and Complex: Marilyn Minter at LA’s Regen Projects

The Hollywood gallery showcases paintings, photography, and film by the NYC-based artist

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick For her third solo show at LA’s Regen Projects (open now through 23 June), NYC-based artist Marilyn Minter is again exploring dichotomies—from the beautiful and the grotesque to glamour and grit—the show is seductive and repugnant at once. Traditional concepts surrounding gender and sexual identity, power and desire are dismantled, rearranged and reimagined. Minter—as she is wont to do—provokes viewers into …

Photographer Christos Katsiaouni’s “10 for 10” Exhibition

A decade into his career, a debut NYC showcase

Being part of New York’s art and fashion worlds probably means knowing Christos Katsiaouni. Gregarious, thoughtful and ever-aware, the photographer has captured some of the city’s most important cultural moments across his 10-year career. His work has been featured in many prestigious publications, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview Magazine, the Washington Post and New York Times. His precise eye frames moments of sublime energy. His …