Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained

Martha Rosler

1977, 38:00 minutes, colour, English


"'An opera in three acts.' The first is the part-by-part measurement of a woman by men in white coats who record her measurements while a chorus of women produce musical tones in response. A voiceover outlines the processes of internalization by which women and Others are socially constructed. In the second act, a woman breaks eggs into a bowl. In the third act, photos of women and children being measured are accompanied by a litany of crimes against women." - Martha Rosler

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Critical Writing

The Getty Gets Serious About Video
by Carol Kino. The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2007.
Feminist Video: Reiterating the difference
by Marita Sturken. Afterimage, Apr. 1985, v. 12, no. 9.
California Video: Art or Television
by Mary Stofflet. Studio International, June 1982, v. 195, no. 995.
An Interview with Martha Rosler
by Martha Gever. Afterimage, Oct. 1981, v. 9, no. 3.
Interview with Martha Rosler
by Martha Rosler and Jane Weinstock. October, Summer 1981, v. 17.