Video

Thumper

Si Si Penaloza

2000, 06:17 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 135.00

Thumper was made on a Hi 8 video camera in the heat of summer 2000. The Thumper machine is a homemade horse massager built by a farmer from Cookstown, Ontario. After I brought it home from the flea market, I didn't know whether to mash potatoes with it or whack the weeds.

In the video, I air-guitar with the Thumper on my crotch. I'm wanking in boy's briefs to Sparklehorse's "Happy Man" from the Good Morning Spider LP. The Thumper is a unique and beautiful sex toy for that feel-good extra-happy wank. It's the private culture of Doing-It-Yourself and Doing-It-With-Love. It nearly gave me a seizure the first time I used it - the horse machine is that powerful. This is the diddling program for the truly numb. Sex, porn and masturbation overdrive/overdose can be like that - blunt, bald and boring. In our most private over-stimulated moments, we are unspeakably dumb.

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