VALIE EXPORT: Expanded cinema

Film screenings and discursive programme
28/07 and 29/07/2021, 19.00 to 22.00
Gallery - legacy of Milica Zoric and Rodoljub Colakovic

Speakers: Brigitta Burger-Utzer (co-founder and director of sixpackfilm (1990-2020), Dagmar Schink (Managing Director, VALIE EXPORT Center Linz), Dejan Vasic (independent curator and editor of the art program of CZKD), Miroslav Karic (curator of MSU)

The event is realized in cooperation between Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, the Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade and the distribution company sixpackfilm from Vienna.

After initially being met with a great deal of hostility, VALIE EXPORT is now considered one of the most important and influential artists to combine multimedia works and theory with a feminist approach. In 1967 she programmatically chose a pseudonym to symbolically distance herself from the identity and role assigned her as a female artist working in a male dominated society. The forms she employed to express her ideas range from drawings, sculpture and conceptual photography to installations and performances. Moving images in film and video play a central role in her work, and images and how they are presented in the media were her themes from the very beginning. Her interest in the structure, technology and effect of moving images is juxtaposed with the human body as part of an existence divided between reality and representation. (Brigitta Burger-Utzer)

The selection of short films and one feature film represents over forty years of artistic activity of VALIE EXPORT. The selection includes experimental film and video studies, video performances, feminist media critiques as well as the practice of expanded cinema, ranging from 16 mm film, the first video systems to research of images with medical shooting techniques. Whether conceived for a cinema hall, exhibition space or television, selected video works and films of VALIE EXPORT show the specificity of her poetics and approach when it comes to thinking about the forms of moving images and the possibility of their extensions in space and time: ”I always see film as a sculpture that, for me, has varying levels of ways of observing it. I have found a way to continue expanded cinema in my physical performances in which I, as the centrepoint for the performance, position the human body as a sign, as a code for social and artistic expression.” VALIE EXPORT “Expanded Cinema as Expanded Reality”


Film screenings

Thematic talks on the artistic practice of VALIE EXPORT will be held before the screenings of the films, starting at 7 pm.


Wednesday, July 28:

Syntagma, 1984, 20 min

Raumsehen und Raumhören / Space Seeing – Space Hearing, 1973-1974, 6 min

Facing a Family, 1971, 5 min

Adjungierte Dislokationen / Adjunct Dislocations, 1973, 10 min

Elfriede Jelinkek: News from Home 18.8.88, 1988, 30 min

The voice as performance, act and body, 2007, 11min 34 sec


Thursday, July 29:

Unsichtbare Gegner / Invisible Adversaries, 1977, 110 min

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