Mediale Anagramme. The first comprehensive presentation of this important Austrian artist in Germany. Her media-critical work explores the influences and impacts technical and electronic medias have on human perception, our communication and social behavioural forms, indeed, on our whole way of life.
An exhibition organised by the RealismusStudio of the New Society for Fine Arts Berlin (NGKB) in cooperation with the Akademie der KÃ¼nste, sponsored by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of the Federal Chancellery of Austria and the Cultural Department of Vienna.
VALIE EXPORT Mediale Anagramme is the first comprehensive presentation of this important Austrian artist in Germany. Her media-critical work explores the influences and impacts technical and electronic medias have on human perception, our communication and social behavioural forms, indeed, on our whole way of life.
The question of how, with what, and in what way cultural processes are constituted and constructed through media has been thematised in the artist' s work, which spans over three decades. The main focus of her intellectual and artist interest is the media's power of influence, which is the object as well as the means of her analysis. EXPORT's media-reflective approach is thus never confined only to the widening of artistic possibilities, rather continually strives for intervention in the social sphere.
The title of the exhibition originates from the artist. 'Mediale Anagramme' was the title VALIE EXPORT gave a text in 1990 that expounds the paradigms of her work: an uncompromising reference to media and an anagrammatic method as artistic strategy.
VALIE EXPORT (born 1940 in Linz, Austria) is one of the first and most renowned and influential media artists worldwide. Today younger creators of art orient themselves on her critical concepts, her artistic challenge, and her radicality. Pioneering the way, VALIE EXPORT coined the name 'media artist' for herself back in the 1970s. Materialising in her work is her theoretical and artistic research on contexts in which images, symbols, languages first gain their semantic significance. By deconstructing or constantly reconfiguring these referential systems, the artist demonstrates the determinedness of our patterns of perception, thoughts and values.
EXPORT's diverse and complex work resists popular exhibition concepts which place the contemporary production of the 'artist' in the centre either within a chronological structure or by organising exhibits according to groups of works.
To match EXPORT's anagrammatic method of alternating construction and deconstruction of visual and linguistic contexts, RealismusStudio has conceived a discourse parcours for the exhibition which condenses works from each of her creative periods into six thematic arenas - a principle that establishes cross-references to the different phases of her artistic work. Leitmotifs of the arenas are: deconstruction of perception, reality and representation, feminist analysis of images of femininity and gender difference, the public realm, communication structures, and technology and reality production.
Between arenas, congenial key works, such as 'Adjunct Dislocations' (1973), 'abstract film no. 1' (1978/68), 'Body Sign Action' (1970), 'Tapp- und Tastkino' ('Tap and Touch Cinema') (1968), 'Der Schrei'('The Scream') (1994), and 'Die un-endliche/-Ã¤hnliche Melodie der StrÃ¤nge ('The Un-ending Un-ique Melody of Chords') (1998), refer from the accents of each preceding arena to the main thematic emphases of the following arena. The most significant works from each large complex of works, such as her early Expanded Cinema projects, action photography and action video, Body Configurations, Conceptual Photography, Digital Photography, experimental film, video works and installations, as well as the large installations of the 1990s, are well represented in the exhibition, as are also rough papers on realised and unrealised projects.
NGBK and the RealismusStudio of the NGBK have succeeded in realising this extensive presentation of and tribute toVALIE EXPORT in Berlin. Collaboration with the Akademie der KÃ¼nste and the support of the Hauptstadtkulturfond and the Federal Chancellery of Austria has made it possible to present her work in its entirety. The exhibition will be presented in the Akademie der KÃ¼nste in all three halls, altogether approximately 2000 mÂ².
Opening: Friday, 17 January, 7 p.m.
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission fee: Euro 5.00, reduced Euro 3.00
The exhibition will be supplemented by a lecture and discussion series in the Akademie - and a film programme in Arsenal/ Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek e.V. at Potsdamer Platz. A 224-page catalogue (hardcover, numerous colour and black-and-white illustrations) on the exhibition is available at the exhibition for the price of Euro 24.00 and in bookshops for Euro 28.00.
In the image: 'Adjunct Dislocations', 1973.
The artist will be present at the press conference and the exhibition opening. She will also be available in Berlin for interviews from 13-19 January 2003.
Dr. Hildtrud Ebert, Frank Wagner
Place: Akademie der KÃ¼nste, Hanseatenweg 10, D-10557 Berlin-Tiergarten