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In this video poem VALIE EXPORT speaks to the screen; the body-language action involving her loud, sensual, breathy voice is the main event, while the semantic content as "love-poem" is deliberately more of an afterthought. The focus is instead on the moment of not saying something out loud, of pre-linguistic expression. Only when the viewer follows step-by-step the letters breathed onto the glass pane as well as the performer's head movements does a sentence become decipherable, which says: "I love you."

  • Artist: VALIE EXPORT
  • Original Title: Hauchtext: Liebesgedicht
  • English Title: Breath Text: Love Poem
  • Year: 1970/1973
  • Material: video, b&w, sound
  • Dimensions: Duration: 2min, 24sec
  • Inventory no.: K458
  • Category: video
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