ANAGRAMMATIC BODIES
Hommage à VALIE EXPORT

Conference
13 – 15/05/2020
VALIE EXPORT Center Linz

In 1999, VALIE EXPORT drafts a screenplay titled The Virtual Body. From the Prosthetic to the Post-biological Body, where she compiles insights, visions, and projections regarding the history of the (virtual) body from the Middle Ages through to the present. However, lack of funding prevents its becoming a reality. This script is now available, edited, provided with an extensive annotation apparatus and richly illustrated, and gives occasion for an assessment.

From today's point of view, this text allows conclusions about the state of science and medical history, of neurobiology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, and other sciences and arts in the 1990s, with these proving to be of remarkable actuality. Always having been interested in science history, technologies, and apparatuses, and how they form and deform the social and individual body, particularly the female one, or the subject in general, EXPORT's path from the 'Body Configurations' (1972-1982) to experiments in Expanded Cinema and structuralist film to her so-called 'Medial Anagrams' of the 1990s seems a logical consequence.

One of the numerous pivotal texts on this matter is provided by the lecture 'The Real and Its Double: The Body' which, with its examination of the 'virtual body' through figures like Unica Zürn, Danielle Sarréra and Mary Shelley, appears to initialise the compiling 1999 screenplay.

On the occasion of the artist's 80th birthday, the VALIE EXPORT Center invites to a journey through the history of the body and its future projections with a conference – with lectures, performances, screenings by: Christa Blümlinger, Christina von Braun, Diana Bulzan, Dorit Chrysler, VALIE EXPORT, Sabine Folie, Ulrike Grossarth, Karin Harrasser, Ira Konyukhova, Kristin Marek, Gloria Meynen, Marie-Andrée Pellerin, Salome Schmuki, Hito Steyerl, Nathan Stobaugh, Constanze Ruhm, Chor Mala Sirena, et al.

A conference of the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz. Conceived by Sabine Folie in cooperation with Dagmar Schink and Anna Fliri (organisation, realisation).