This multi-modal research study examines men who engage in sex with other men (MSM) in Toronto and the use of methamphetamines in direct relation to sexplay, a practice known in North America as “PNP” (party and play). The project title acknowledges, on the one hand, the kinds of durational sex practices which often accompany meth use and, on the other, the vinyl long play record (or “LP”) which carries importance as a tool that accompanies sexual play.
PNPLP is materializing through three interventions that are intended to break the silence surrounding social-sexual meth use: written, video, and audio. Employed is sensory ethnographic research that explores the world of social-sexual pleasure seeking and experience that include meth use. Deployed is exploratory arts-based research regarding such spaces, inclusive of sound as part of data and outputs in relation to video, also known as A/r/tography, a qualitative method. This research is putting the following three methods to work:
i) Content (queer sexuality studies space theories), field research (participant observation, participant comprehension).
ii) Employing language, images, materials, situations, space and time via art, research, and education.
iii) Semi-structured qualitative interviews.
LA&PS Minor Research Grant
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