“EVERYBODY’S FIRST ORGY is mind-boggling. I remember mine. Half of me was thrilled, the other half terrified. I didn’t know what the social rules were. What should I wear? How should I get out of what I wear?” So confessed radical feminist Betty Dodson during a 1973 Playboy roundtable that gathered several notorious personalities of the day, such as Screw magazine editor Al Goldstein and porn star Linda Lovelace, for a “symposium on emerging behavior patterns, from open marriage to group sex.” In thirty-eight-year-old artist Gerard Byrne’s three-channel video New Sexual Lifestyles, 2002, amateur actors restage this conversation from three decades ago in a building of the same era: the Goulding Summerhouse, a stunning modernist construction of glass and steel built by Scott Tallon Walker Architects on the outskirts of Dublin in 1972. As important a context, however, is the one provided by
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