Video

Misaligned Shafts

John Orentlicher

1989, 12:30 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 347.05

Misaligned Shafts traces the evolution of the mechanical vibrator and its predecessor technologies, in interviews and location images, to analyze sexual ideology within a patriarchal culture. The viewer is informed of the early treatment of hysteria in women by doctors hands to orgasm, water therapy and later the vibrator, from the mid-eighteen hundreds to the early nineteen hundreds. The tape comments on current practices of the vibrator.
Video is acknowledged through formal devices and a non-linear structure.

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