• WHO WAS 1968?
    28 Sept 2018 − 13 Jan 2019

    LENTOS Kunstmuseum WHO WAS 1968? Art, Architecture, Society Curated by: Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer Loans by Kontakt from: Heimrad Bäcker, Stanisław Dróżdż, VALIE EXPORT, Stano Filko, Běla Kolářová, Július Koller, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević and Goran Trbuljak A decade of eruptions, departures and redefinitions in the steel city Linz. The year I968 marks a turning point that ushered in a new era. Across Western Europe and in the United States Student protests and workers’ revolts called into question the post-war power structure itself, while Soviet tanks bulldozed the Prague Spring into the ground and signalled the end of the hope that the Eastern Bloc would open up to the West. This exhibition harks back to the echoes of I968 in Linz and Upper Austria. Embracing the arts, architecture, music, film and literature, it unfolds for the first time a synoptic map on which key figures and moments of local history – some largely unknown to this day – are accorded a place. It enables visitors to embark on exploratory trips and to survey the rich fabric of relationships and linkages that includes points of contact with international scenarios and trends. Experiments in the aesthetic field were begun with a view to escaping from the cultural stuffiness of the first two post-war decades. The participating artists include: Claudia von Alemann, Ant Farm, Heimrad Bäcker, Josef Bauer, Bill Bollinger, Dietmar Brehm, Gerd Conradt, Waltraut Cooper, Stanisław Dróżdż, Erró, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Stano Filko, Helmuth Gsöllpointner, Timo Huber, Johann Jascha, Martha Jungwirth, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gerhard Knogler, Běla Kolářová, Juliús Koller, Peter Kubelka, Zofia Kulik, KwieKulik, Maria Lassnig, Fritz Lichtenauer, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Josef Nöbauer, OHO, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Friederike Pezold, Cora Pongracz, Chris Reinecke, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Zorka Sàglovà, Dominik Steiger, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević, Goran Trbuljak, Tucumàn Arde, Jiřì Valoch, Agnés Varda, Peter Weibel, Hannah Wilke, Jana Želibská, Želimir Žilnik, Zünd-Up



VALIE EXPORT is one of the pioneers on conceptual media art, performance and film. Her artistic work comprises video environments, digital photography, installation, body performances, feature films, experimental films, documentaries, Expanded Cinema, conceptual photography, body-material interactions, Persona Performances, laser installations, objects, sculptures, texts on contemporary art history and feminism. In the focus of EXPORT’s work who conceptually chose her pseudonym (to be written in capital letters) in 1967 and has since her early beginnings programmatically understood herself as a media artist has been the human body that she declared as the material for her taboo breaking, gender critical approach towards sexual politics and its inherent social and cultural  taboos. EXPORT includes technology, specifically technological media in order to analyze its ways of functioning and its various modes and effects of exerting power. Methodologically she practices an experimental "short circuit“ between technical media and the body-as-medium. With various inventive tactics, among them the early Expanded Cinema works, she goes in search of the ways in which media uphold the powerful structural connection between technology, ideology, and the practice of everyday life. In her transgressions of the borders between different media and materials, between forms of expression, the crucial point is always the body, mostly her own body, presented by the artist as a functional part of the “apparatus”, as manipulable material. In this subversive media scenario, the body / the artist is both an active figure and a passive surface for projections, a processed carrier of symbols and information. In the direct “short circuiting” with the media apparatus, the body is revealed as what she refers to as the “locus of civilizing”: “The female body is the site where ‘culture’ erects a blockade against the woman.”




1940, Linz / AT

After studying at the Arts and Crafts College in Linz from 1956 to 1959, the artist continued her education at the Design Department of the Higher Federal Teaching and Research Institute of the Textile Industry in Vienna (Austria) from 1960 to 1964. In 1967, she changed her at that time official name Waltraud Höllinger into the pseudonym VALIE EXPORT. In 1967 she co-founded the Austrian Filmmakers’ Cooperative in Vienna. EXPORT taught at numerous international institutions, including the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (USA) and the University of the Arts in Berlin (Germany). Since 1995 she has been teaching as professor at the Media Art Academy in Cologne (Germany). In 1995 EXPORT was awarded the “Generali Foundation’s Prize for sculptural works” and in 2000 she was the recipient of the “Oskar Kokoschka Prize”.

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