Roughly Cut: A Videotape on Circumcision

Niklas Sven Vollmer

1993, 32:43 minutes, colour, English


Roughly Cut looks at the culturally-specific practice of neonatal circumcision. The tape also operates on a personal level by literally examining the maker's own poorly circumcised genitalia as well as feelings manifested by this slip up - feelings of self-mockery, ambivalence and finally, liberation. By combining allegory, autobiography and performance with popular tabloid TV footage and documentary strategies, a hybridized form is created that invokes shifting narratives surrounding male subjectivity and representation. Further, Roughly Cut explores our understanding of "normal" and "pathological" by raising questions regarding how these notions are played out in terms of cultural aesthetics, body modification / cosmetic surgery, psychoanalysis, sado/ masochism, male sexuality and masculinity.

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