Material Compulsion

ten Bhomer, Marloes [Designer] (2013) Material Compulsion. (design research film).


Material Compulsion is a research film produced as part of Marloes ten Bhömer’s Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University. The research fellowship focused on the cultural positioning of the high-heeled woman. The high-heeled woman is a complex construct, one designed for, and ultimately sanctioned to, the man-made environment. When placed (through the narrative of a film, for example) in alternative settings or when forced to walk through unique substrates, she loses equilibrium (both physically and culturally) and begins to slip, fall, sink, tumble and crawl. This film depicts a high-heeled woman as she walks through different materials, including coal, sand and baked beans, as material metaphors of the different, deliberately challenging, terrains that high heeled female characters are put through in film in order to transforming her perceived identity.

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