But the work of producing a real performance is easy for Kink to obscure, especially within the physically dominating structure of the castle. Every Upper Floor video starts with a shot of the armory, dramatically lit, flags on its top waving, then fades to an image of the Kink logo. The leather, iron, and brick aesthetics may signal erotic torment, but there’s homey consistency to the Upper Floor shows, with regularly scheduled brunches and orgies. A rotating yet recurring cast of characters appear each time and on the same sets, like the “house slaves” in the Kink uniform of black stockings with a contrasting red weft, held up by black garters. A viewer can imagine she is looking in not on a porn set but on some ongoing, unfolding sexual moment.
— For the Love of Kink, new by me for Dissent