Expanded cinema: ‘As always, the screening takes place in the dark. Only the movie theatre has become a bit smaller. There’s only room inside for two hands. In order to see the film, meaning in this case to sense and feel it, the viewer (user) must guide his or her two hands into the movie theatre by way of the entrance. With that, the curtain, which up till now was raised only for the eyes, is finally raised for both hands too.
The tactile reception stands against the deception of voyeurism. For as long as the citizenry settles for the reproduced copy of sexual liberty, the state is spared the sexual revolution. “Tapp und Tastkino” is an example for the activation of the audience through new interpretation.’ VALIE EXPORT
Documentary form2 min · Black/White · Betacam SP
DCP: sixpackfilm, Wien
Born in Linz, Austria in 1940 and recipient of an honorary doctorate, this internationally renowned artist and filmmaker lives and works in Vienna. After studying at the school of arts and crafts in Linz and a college for industrial textile design in Vienna, she completed a design degree and then gained experience in the film industry, including as an editor. She has worked as a film artist since 1965, from 1967 under the name VALIE EXPORT. Alongside sculpture and installation, her work includes body performances, interactions between body and material, persona performances, conceptual and digital photography, feature films, experimental and documentary films, expanded cinema, video environments and laser installations. She also writes texts on art history and feminism.Filmography (selection)
1968 Tapp und Tastkino 1969 Die süße Nummer. Ein Konsumerlebnis 1970 Bodytape 1972 Interrupted Line 1973 Remote...Remote... · Mann & Frau & Animal · Adjungierte Dislokationen 1974 Body Politics 1979 Menschenfrauen 1984 Syntagma 1992 Das Unsagbare Sagen 1997 Vaginan 2007 the voice as performance, act and body