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A pile of rubble on the floor of an art gallery. Is it art, we ask ourselves, not quite sure of the motivation that the artist must have had to toss a few builder's bricks into the corner of an gallery. Anything we choose to create can be a form of self-expression but when that creation is pornography, and of quite an extreme nature, can we label that as just another art form?

This is the dilemma facing Ira Isaacs, the controversial American film-maker that brought us such classic coprophiliac skin flicks as 'Two girls, one cup' and a multitude of porn involving women and farm-yard animals, Salon tells us. Facing the prospect of federal charges resulting from a future obscenity trial, Isaacs is defending his work as best he can:

'All the prosecution is saying is, 'Watch these DVDs and get so emotionally charged by them that you don't think anymore and you just go by your gut reaction.' I think in your gut reaction anybody who saw these and wasn't familiar with them would think they were obscene. I would think that. But once I start thinking about more than what's on the surface and what art tries to do in general, I would realize that they haven't proved anything.'

'If [people] want to protest me, picket me, write bad articles, they're welcome to -- that's their right. If they want to ostracize me as a person, that's their right, I respect that. But the government should not be in this. For the government to come after me with all their force and all their money is outrageous. Offending people should be a constitutional right.'

The debate continues but one thing is for certain: the films you find available in your hotel room late at night might never be the same again.

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