Created by Allistar D. Peters & Meng Li for Sousveilance Culture:
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Gazelena [ gaiz - eh -leena ]
is a character we introduced to the streets in downtown manhattan. April 22nd, 2008 afternoon, gazelena had a trip starting from broadway & 8th street, manhattan. (see below the trip route in pink)

What happend to her during the trip? how did people (audience) react to her?

Images captured from video:

Video footage of Gazelena on the NYU sybway




This is an urban intervention performance to explore the street voyeurism and exhibitionism. issues we want to address:

+ The Gaze

This concept is extended in the framework of feminist theory, where it can deal with how men look at women, how women look at themselves and other women, and the effects surrounding this¡­ wikepedia

+ Voyeurism

I found this to be very enticing given that we all became voyeurs both willing and unknowing. Some would argue that when we portrayed Gazelena in public we provoked an environment of entrapment. But we use television as a window into the worlds of other, willingly and unknowingly. We can choose to look away but we often can¡¯t. In my view Voyeurism has bled over into everyday displays of attention seeking, away from and in parallel with sexual pleasure and continues to converge on a growing segment of ages. I found these articles interesting.
Layers of Voyeurism
Cultural Voyeurism & Social Media
Here¡¯s another article I found from the Internation Herald Tribune - Slum visits: Tourism or voyeurism? A bit of a stretch but valid food for thought.
And here¡¯s another wikiped synapsis of Voyeurism with links.

+ Pleasure

I refer to Pleasure derived from the Gaze. The satisfaction or joy, even momentarily, one gets from the gaze. It can be as innocent of a unusual but pleasant sighting to uninvited erotic stimulation, event by comments made by mainly men who had something to say. I will leave this to your imagination on all fronts.
Stanford Encyclopedia¡¯s take on Pleasure.
The pleasure seekers - An article from The New Scientist.
Laura Mulvey¡¯s Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

+ Power

One question which came up was the ever shifting roles of Power, power between the Man and the Woman, between the Voyeur and the obsessively observed, the exhibitionist and the onlookers. Who has the power? Does having a camera give Gazelena the Power? The power to capture your gaze and show to the world? The Power to entice you to look? Who has the real Power? Men? Women? Both? I see a constant shift influenced my many internal and external factors. Hope this appetize¡¯ your thoughts¡­
Another wikiped¡­ entry Power

+ Exhibitionism

Now, sure there¡¯s lots brewing in the mind by now on anticipation of this topic. When we think of exhibitionist we think someone exposing themselves in a sexually explicit way. in fact the clinical term for Exhibitionism is a mental disorder characterized by a compulsion to display one¡¯s genitals to an unsuspecting stranger¡­ - Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders. But can one be an exhibitionist with there clothes on? again, in this day of new media and the acceptability of the exposed skin and body form I think we can extend the term Exhibitionism to the clothed and the visual sexual implicationist - Yeah! I made this word up. We can expose ourselves, our private selves in more ways having access to many mediums with the desire to attract attention, desired and unwanted, wet provoked. But think about it, and while you do check out.
Welcome to the Naked Generation
Chris Heathcote: Exhibitionists and Yoyeurs
At the end Gazelena who is deemed and exhibitionist became a Voyeur by virtue of the camera. These intermingling roles have found its way into the new social construct


Building process:
First prototype: demoed in 721 broadway, Tisch school of the arts, hall.

Second prototype: (suit)

Thanks to Laura Moore, Jada Wux, and of course Marisa Olson, our professor for sousveillance culture class.