Archival Glimpses

Two display cases at the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz with contents that change every three months provide insights into the Archive on the basis of physical documents from the premature legacy.


Archival Glimpses, Take 10

01/09 – 28/02/2021

Virtual Bodies

In the 1990s, based on her extensive collection of materials on the history of the body, VALIE EXPORT developed an essayistic script for a documentary film, spanning the history of culture, art and science, artificial intelligence and the dimensions of the virtual, and the areas of fiction and literature. For the draft script, these building blocks were intertwined with her own works, because dealing with bodily rituals and inscriptions into the body in a world of increasing technisation and virtualisation has been a subject of VALIE EXPORT's artistic work from the 1960s to this day.

The screenplay The Virtual Body. From the Prosthetic to the Post-biological Body was to be realised within the framework of the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation), with budgetary reasons preventing it from being produced despite years of preparatory work. Now this script is available, supplemented by comprehensive editorial work: a project the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz has been able to realise in cooperation with Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and VALIE EXPORT.