Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sea Monsters

As Donna Haraway reminds us, the etymology of "monsters" comes from the verb "to show," so the use of computer animation in this surreal French sexuality education film designed to emphasize condom use to prevent HIV/AIDS is an interesting application of computational media both to illustrate the perceived extravagance of certain modes of sexual experience and to provide an acceptable fiction that makes the public message not strictly speaking obscene. In other words, in many ways it underlines a conventional normative moral message. Of course, it could be argued that this video also may allude to a specific artistic tradition in Japanese erotic prints in which women are shown in sexual congress with fantastically proportioned sea creatures.

Thanks to Marc van Gurp of Osocio for the link!

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