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VALIE EXPORT drew her inspiration for this video from her reading of Heidegger, whose writings attracted her interest in the 1960s, particularly in connection with reflections on the possibility of diverse types of self-expression. She thus ends the video with the handwritten wordplay "I say the sign with the signs in the sign of that which is spoken (freely adapted from Heidegger)."

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  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: Sehtext: Fingergedicht
  • English Title: Visual Text: Finger Poem
  • Year: 1973
  • Material: video, b&w, no sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 1min, 47sec
  • Inventory no.: K469
  • Category: video
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