Thursday, June 05, 2008

On trashprint, trendy design & male gaze

click for video: Quicktime / .m4v for iPod / direct streaming for Pc at

"In a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female. The determining male gaze projects its phantasy on to the female form which is styled accordingly. In their traditional exhibitionist role women are simultaneously looked at and displayed, with their appearance coded for strong visual and erotic impact so that they can be said to connote to-be-looked-at-ness."

While voodling about at the recent presentation of Trashprint's fine new T-shirt, Sam Renseiw mused about the nature of male gaze, a feminist topic from the 70's[still] re-surfacing on some blogs. The male gaze certainly represents a problem to many. In some cultures this is solved by making women wear a burqa. In other cultures, even women develop yet stranger gazes on men, cultivating oblique standard operating procedure(s). The new T's from Trashprint - designed for Amnesty - with the slogan " People Are Not Trash", remind you to treat your fellow human with courtesy, respect and compassion, no matter the circumstances. View the montaged cut-up footage with Triotrash sound by clicking here or on the links above. (patafilm # 603, 02'05'', 11.4Mb, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video also features under-the-counter-male-gaze-footage. (Lum #119 "the amnesty T-shirt models" 00'52'',3.9MB, Quicktime/mov). Other's Lumieres at the fine Lumiere site.

Today's Patalab Metaphor Video replay-supplement features further footage from inside the same space as today's voodle.(patafilm # 498, 02'47''[18.09.2007 post], 15.4MB, Quicktime/mov.)

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Anonymous Hekla said...

Dear Sam,

Very interesting - and thanks a lot. You are a true artist in your field. I looked at the video many times amazed and amused - and the music are perfect. You did again...

Friday, June 06, 2008 8:18:00 am  
Blogger ps said...

Ah been a while since we had any shoe fetish shots or should I say perhaps... fetishoe shots.....

Friday, June 06, 2008 8:25:00 am  
Blogger ps said...

Quick and trashy rotaremix here:

Friday, June 06, 2008 9:20:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

just toying with the notion of footage....
more fetishshoeshots to come.

Friday, June 06, 2008 1:40:00 pm  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

hmmm... interesting, indeed... we're absolutely in for a friendly shoecharm repugn!!!
the lumiere is sort of... liked. isn't it? i'm not sure though... and please, by no means, don't take this wabble babble as a political statement... 'cause we're all far too civilized anyway... and... what was it again i'd forgotten just now?

b.k. / LOMEG_ROM

Friday, June 06, 2008 8:19:00 pm  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

hey ps!
great trashy rotatemix... thanks. the interesting thing about it is the centrality of it. can one shift the centre in the souftware used?
i experimented with seeding your piece up.:something else then appears. as it was only a one step, it could also be interesting finding out how application of variable speeds ie. alternating slow, fast and very fast would chage the outlook.

Saturday, June 07, 2008 8:38:00 am  
Blogger SAM RENSEIW said...

well, the quote at the start of the post, is part a 70's, radical feminist/marxist outlook. i do not subscribe to that, but came to think of it as an intersting counterpoint to the captured footage of the T-shirts presentations.

the voodle was in fact a friendly "comission" from hekla/trashprint design to promote her new t-shirt for amnesty. there was also a "fashion" photographer present, shooting the 3 fine models. they donned the t-shirts over what they where wearing that morning. i thus had the possibility of wedging my particular gaze in between his.

the lumiere is part of that exploration. a crude pun with the notion of "footage" but also attempts to see what that particular framing could do. basically a very simple framing, that nevertheless seems to produce ambivalent readings, regarding meaning, story, message.

filmic morphology of body and space, i supposed

Saturday, June 07, 2008 8:48:00 am  
Blogger ps said...

Glad you like the rotaremix. Yes you can move the centre - the couple of pieces currently over on Brut Smog use the same technique but off centre and much faster spin speeds. Essentially its rotation with chromakey. All done in max/msp/jitter.

Saturday, June 07, 2008 8:55:00 am  
Blogger LOMEG_ROM said...

I shall say hello from moi and tell you that she likes the fine fine footage very well... b.k. though, as always, wouldn't know of such things.
well... formally educated... and nothing more like that... he's in for the cause anyway! and we're so perceptive... all the time... any time... ;)

listen sam, we've got an invitation to an informal, unpretentious and restrained screening of 'whatever we like to screen' in a beautiful summer bar (you've been there with us last autumn) nearby our crime-scene. We thought of having a voodle-night with multiple screenings both indoors and outdoors. ...and we thought it might be fun to do it as a spacetwo: patalab / LOMEG_ROM thing... interested? the date is not fixed yet but will be somewhen between august the 20th and 31st.

love is the law
b.k. / LOMEG_ROM

Saturday, June 07, 2008 4:35:00 pm  

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