Valie Export

mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

A record spins on a turntable, with the sound switched off; the artist, meanwhile, appears on a video monitor, listening on headphones and singing along. It is impossible to capture the rich and multifaceted aspects of a thirty-year career in a few words, but Valie Export’s title for this work, “Reproduction of the Reproduction qua Immediacy,” goes a long way toward stating her central concerns. Completed in 1973 but conceived in 1967, this installation could have inspired the title of a recent retrospective of her work: “Split: Reality.”

Whereas “immediacy” generally designates the opposite of reproduction, in Export’s work subjectivity has always been understood within the narrow compass of culturally performed patterns. This is revealed in her analyses of the relationship between the subject and language, and between the individual and society—above all in her feminist works. Reproduction

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