"I know it when I see it", is an installation that seeks to test the barriers between pornography and art from the spectator's point of view. The installation consists of a black box with a peephole through which spectators can see videos being played on a small screen, and a postcard printer. The videos, included at the bottom of this description, are digitally distorted porn videos. The distortion techniques employed create abstract visuals that, at specific bits, allows the user to see relatively explicit sexual imagery. By leaning over and looking through the peephole, the spectator becomes a voyeur.
On the right side of the black box there is a dial, that can be used to switch through four different videos, and a button, that, when pressed by the user, makes a screen shot of the video and sends it to the printer. The content of the postcard, then, depends on the moment the user hits the button; it can be an abstract image or a sexual ("pornographic") picture.
This whole system references how the personal perception of "obscenity" relies on how visually explicit the content of an image is, and also the medium through which it is shown-consumed (video, print). Ultimately, its purpose is to have the user question himself/herself what divides pornography from art, and if such distinction actually exists.