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Cheap Blonde

Janet Merewether
1998

This experimental video rearranges the same sentence 22 times: ‘A famous filmmaker said: “Cinema is the history of men filming women”’, while deconstructing the video image of a woman bathing in a waterfall.

"Curiously interactive, seductively simple, Janet Merewether's five minute video Cheap Blonde lures its audience into playing along with no hands-on and not a mouse in sight. We're offered an apparently limited set of images, instructions and a computer generated voice which switches from male to female. This is a work so constucted that we laugh as sentences implode and explode like a poetry machine, as an image of a ‘cheap blonde’ who might have fallen out of some shampoo advertisement becomes a site of intimate reflection, as the twelve word sentence (" A famous filmmaker said 'Cinema is the history of men filming women' ") transforms radically into meaningful nonsense. This is every abstract gaze theory you've ever heard made wittily and powerfully palpable." 
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  • 1. Virginia Baxter (OnScreen/Realtime#26 Aug'98)
Review of dLux media arts' digital video program
'D.art', Sydney Film Festival, June 1998.
Format
SP Betacam
Duration
00:05:00
– via d/Archive 
– via d/Archive 
– via d/Archive 
Janet Merewether, Cheap Blonde, 1998.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions.
Janet Merewether, Cheap Blonde, 1998.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions. 
Janet Merewether, Cheap Blonde, 1998.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions.
Janet Merewether, Cheap Blonde, 1998.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions. 
Janet Merewether, Cheap Blonde, 1998.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions.
Janet Merewether, Cheap Blonde, 1998.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions. 
Janet Merewether, Cheap Blonde, 1998.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions.
Janet Merewether, Cheap Blonde, 1998.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions.