Tara Mateik

2003 | 00:12:30 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Autobiography, Body, Documentation, Feminism, Gender, Health, Humor, LGBTQ, PSA, Sexuality, Transgender, War

Are gender outlaws considered the new biological terrorists seeking weapons of mass bodily destruction? OPERATION INVERT compares the different regulations mediating botox-related plastic surgery and gender reassignment "sex change." Historical medical assessments of the invert (homosexual and transsexual) "condition" reveal seemingly outdated absurdities about outsider deviance. Nonetheless, current institutional loopholes governing gender re-assignment surgery suggest a fresh resurgence of loony pathology and diagnosis.

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Prizes + Awards

ZKM Top Fifty, International/Media/Award for Science and Art, 2005
Second Prize, University of Oregon Annual Queer Film Festival, 2005
Jury Citation Award, Black Maria Film Festival, 2006


MIX Festival, Anthology Film Archives
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

VideoEx (Zurich, Switzerland), 2005

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2005

Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), 2005


Shadow Festival (The Netherlands), 2005

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2005

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2005


ImageOut (Rochester, NY), 2005