The work of the Danish philosopher
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
interpreted through the eyes of porn
star Spurt Reynolds (b. 1971)
The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard is notoriously difficult to understand but, at the same time, he is regarded as one of the 19th Century's most important thinkers about the human condition.
In 'Pornosophy', public artist Martin Firrell combines aspects of Kierkegaard's philosophy with the work of porn performer Spurt Reynolds to create an accessible and stimulating way of engaging with challenging philosophical ideas.
Spurt Reynolds offers his own easy-to-understand, and often touching, commentary on Kierkegaard's most important ideas including the nature of anxiety, despair, existence and passion.
Spurt had many jobs before joining the porn industry, including work as an all-night security guard and pulling pints in an Islington pub called, appropriately enough, 'The Cock'.
Martin Firrell is a French public artist who uses language to engage directly with the public, with the intention of provoking dialogue, usually about aspects of marginalisation, equality and more equitable social organisation.
For 'Pornosophy' at the Smallest Gallery in Soho, Firrell draws on the aesthetics of Ed and Nancy Kienholz's 'The Hoerengracht', the much-admired 1980s installation recreating Amsterdam's infamous red light district.
Pornosophy appears at the Smallest Gallery in Soho, Dean Street, nightly from 21 September 2020.