Stanley Kubrick's World of Shit

Dr Mick Broderick, Media Communications & Culture, Murdoch University

2001: A Space Odyssey Zero Gravity Toilet Instructions (PTO)

Conventional approaches to the Kubrick oeuvre have frequently privileged readings that concern recurrent thematics such as technology, intelligence, games, communication and antimilitarism. Increasingly, however, a revisionist line considers Kubrick’s cinema as articulating the boundaries of difference, particularly that of masculine /feminine. Less, however, has been written analysing the writer-director’s penchant for the scatalogical. As an imagistic essay this discussion explores Kubrick’s repeated motifs of excrement, abjection and ablution through decore, production design, and mise-en-scène, where place and action evokes gendered responses in some potentially surprising ways (with rare clips from Fear and Desire).


Pubtalk is a sociable seminar series at the Fremantle Hotel, Corner of High and Cliff St, from 6pm every Thursday.
Childcare is available. Details:




1.            The toilet is of the standard zero-gravity type. Depending on requirements, System A and/or System B can be used, details of which are clearly marked in the toilet compartment. When operating System A, depress lever and a plastic dalkron eliminator will be dispensed through the slot immediately underneath. When you have fastened the adhesive lip, attach connection marked by the large "X" outlet hose. Twist the silver coloured ring one inch below the connection point  until you feel it lock.

2.           The toilet is now ready for use. The Sonovac cleanser is activated by the small switch on the lip. When securing, twist the ring back to its  initial-condition, so that the two orange line meet. Disconnect. Place  the dalkron eliminator in the vacuum receptacle to the rear. Activate  by pressing the blue button.

3.           The controls for System B are located on te opposite wall. The red  release switch places the uroliminator into position; it can be  adjusted manually up or down by pressing the blue manual release  button. The opening is self adjusting. To secure after use, press the  green button which simultaneously activates the evaporator and returns  the uroliminator to its storage position.

4.           You may leave the lavatory if the green exit light is on over the door.  If the red light is illuminated, one of the lavatory facilities is not  properly secured. Press the "Stewardess" call button on the right of  the door. She will secure all facilities from her controll panel  outside. When gren exit light goes on you may open the door and leave.  Please close the door behind you.

5.           To use the Sonoshower, first undress and place all your clothes in the  clothes rack. Put on the velcro slippers located in the cabinet  immediately below. Enter the shower. On the control panel to your upper  right upon entering you will see a "Shower seal" button. Press to  activate. A green light will then be illuminated immediately below. On  the intensity knob select the desired setting. Now depress the Sonovac  activation lever. Bathe normally.

6.           The Sonovac will automatically go off after three minutes unless you  activate the "Manual off" over-ride switch by flipping it up. When you  are ready to leave, press the blue "Shower seal" release button. The  door will open and you may leave. Please remove the velcro slippers and  place them in their container.

7.           If the red light above this panel is on, the toilet is in use. When the  green light is illuminated you may enter. However, you must carefully  follow all instructions when using the facilities duting coasting (Zero  G) flight. Inside there are three facilities: (1) the Sonowasher, (2)  the Sonoshower, (3) the toilet. All three are designed to be used under  weightless conditions. Please observe the sequence of operations for  each individual facility.

8.           Two modes for Sonowashing your face and hands are available, the  "moist-towel" mode and the "Sonovac" ultrasonic cleaner mode. You may  select either mode by moving the appropriate lever to the "Activate"  position.    If you choose the "moist-towel" mode, depress the indicated yellow  button and withdraw item. When you have finished, discard the towel in  the vacuum dispenser, holding the indicated lever in the "active"  position until the green light goes on...showing that the rollers have  passed the towel completely into the dispenser. If you desire an  additional towel, press the yellow button and repeat the cycle.

9.           If you prefer the "Sonovac" ultrasonic cleaning mode, press the  indicated blue button. When the twin panels open, pull forward by rings  A & B. For cleaning the hands, use in this position. Set the timer to  positions 10, 20, 30 or 40...indicative of the number of seconds  required. The knob to the left, just below the blue light, has three  settings, low, medium or high. For normal use, the medium setting is  suggested.

10.         After these settings have been made, you can activate the device by  switching to the "ON" position the clearly marked red switch. If during  the washing operation, you wish to change the settings, place the  "manual off" over-ride switch in the "OFF" position. you may now make  the change and repeat the cycle.

New: 2001 | Now: 6 May, 2015