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All photos by the author. The group of porn actors, directors, producers, and artists gathered for our interview were from all over. Performance artist, sex worker, and musician Mad Kate is American, as is producer and filmmaker Harvey Rabbit, who works on explicit and non-explicit films. Berlin is a rare, welcoming place for radical perspectives in porn, which is often dominated by a starchy, commercial aesthetic.
Over the years, this community has built a scene that values a radical, punk ethos, one that frequently has more in common with experimental film than with the more straightforward goals of mainstream porn films. International artists make up a strong subsection of almost every creative scene in Berlin, where the low rent has attracted creatives, many of whom hail from Western Europe, Australia, and the US.
The porn scene is no different. I met Lina Bembe, a Mexican porn performer at the red-brick courtyard office of Ersties, a members-only, female-focused porn website, near the Landwehr Canal. Also on the team at the podcast is Paulita Pappel, a performer who also directs and produces. Though the Institute was shut down in by the Nazis, this spirit of openness returned to the city after the end of the war, with West Berlin providing something of a playground for queer people even if homosexuality was technically illegal until The ban on same-sex relations on the other side of the wall was lifted a year earlier, but queer people continued to be monitored and harassed by the Stasi until Queer porn screenings and parties often take place in mainstream venues, with crowded audiences, and are advertised openly.
She offered the example of her friend who had been filming a sex scene in a car in Treptower Park. DIY is a prized frame of mind in the scene, that allows participants to pursue creative freedom over financial reward.
For example, her film When We Are Together —a queer, short porno about making a porno—narrates her own complicated desire on a journey through trailer parks and sex clubs. People in the community often barter and trade services. A low- or non-existent budget might sound galling to those who recognize the labor that goes into making any kind of film, let alone one that asks performers to risk the stigma that is still attached to appearing in porn in many countries.