A peep show or peepshow is an exhibition of pictures, objects or people viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass. Though historically a peep show was a form of entertainment provided by wandering showmen, nowadays it more commonly refers a presentation of a sex show or pornographic film which is viewed through a viewing slot.


Peep shows or a ‘Peep Show’ first came about in the 15th century in Europe. They are known in various cultures for many different things. From a basic wooden box with a hole or several for a man to come and peep through to a puppeteer theatrical showing plays peep shows have been used for various reasons. Show’s were accompanied by spoken recitation that explained or dramatized what was happening inside.

 For live peep shows, booths can surround a stage upon which usually a female performer performs a striptease and sexually-explicit poses. In Bacelona female performers at times also perform sexual intercourse with male performers on stage. In some cases, booths include paper towel dispensers for customers who engage in masturbation. A customer and performer can mutually agree on a fee for a “private dance”, which can take place in a peep show booth with a clear window and seating space for only one spectator.

Often used or associated with pornographic and erotic pictures Peep Shows seemed necessary for me to look into as an idea of how I’d like to present my final work in the Degree Show. Having a wall where people have to come up and view the work through a peep hole because of the appropriated material its made of?



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