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MONDAY, JUN 23 2014, 07:30 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York, in collaboration with Pro Helvetia and the Consulate General of Switzerland, present

Up to and Beyond Her Limits

Curated by Pascal Richard and Christopher Zimmerman

The program juxtaposes VALIE EXPORT’s expanded cinema, Carolee Schneemann’s films, and Pipilotti Rist’s single-channel videos. Playing off a title of one of Schneemann’s performance pieces, this two-part program—Performing the Body and Sonic Immersion, Sonic Subversion—explores how these radically creative women have challenged patriarchal modes of seeing and domination and have opened alternative spaces and perspectives from which to think about the body, sexuality, and performativity.



Program 1: Performing the Body (total duration: 48:53)

VALIE EXPORT | Touch Cinema (1968, 1:08, b&w, sound)
Carolee Schneemann | Body Collage (1967, 3:57, b&w, silent 16 mm film on video)
Pipilotti Rist | Pickelporno (1992, 12:02, color, stereo)
Pipilotti Rist | Blutclip (1993, 2:40, color, stereo)
Carolee Schneemann | Interior Scroll - The Cave (1995, 7:30, color, sound)
Pipilotti Rist | Als der Bruder meiner Mutter geboren wurde, duftete es nach wilden Birnenblüten vor dembraungebrannten Sims // When My Mother’s Brother Was Born It Smelled Like Wild Pear Blossom in Front of the Brown-burnt Sill (1992, 3:55, color, stereo)
VALIE EXPORT | Hyperbulie (1973, 6:31,  b&w, sound)
Pipilotti Rist | (Entlastungen) Pipilottis Fehler (1988, 11:10, color, stereo)

Program 2: Sonic Immersion, Sonic Subversion (total duration: 40:11)

VALIE EXPORT | Ein Hauchtext: Ein Liebesgedicht // Breath Text: Love Poem (1970-73, 2:23, b&w, sound)
Pipilotti Rist | I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986, 7:46, color, stereo)
Pipilotti Rist | Sexy Sad I (1987, 4:36, color, stereo)
Pipilotti Rist | You Called Me Jacky (1990, 4:06, color, stereo)
Pipilotti Rist | I'm a Victim Of This Song (1995, 5:06, color, stereo)
VALIE EXPORT | Raumsehen und Raumhören // Space Seeing - Space Hearing (1973-74, 6:19, b&w, sound)
Pipilotti Rist | Aujourd'hui (1999, 9:55, color, stereo)

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7 :30pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York will present Vulvic Space: The Autobiographical Films of Carolee Schneemann featuring two of her ground breaking works: the ‘notorious masterpiece’ Fuses and Plumb Line.

Fuses (1964-66, 29:51, color, silent 16mm film on video)
Plumb Line (1968-71, 14:58,  color, sound Super 8mm film on video)

The screenings will be followed by a discussion with Carolee Schneemann and Christopher Zimmerman.



The Expanded Cinema of VALIE EXPORT

For nearly five decades, VALIE EXPORT has been an influential and provocative figure on the international art scene. Her ‘expanded’ practice includes film, video, photography, text and performance. Initially expanding the Viennese Actionist project to confront a complex feminist critique of the social and political body, her works achieve a compelling fusion of the visceral and the conceptual.

By Expanded Cinema, I mean the extension of the traditional film category to open stage or space, the removal of the commercial-conventional chain of film production…Expanded Cinema is a collage, extended in time and multiple space and media layers…escaping from the bi-dimensionality of the surface.’ VALIE EXPORT


Pipilotti Rist’s Single-channel Works

Pipilotti Rist's work spans single-channel videos, sculptural interventions, curatorial mandates, books, and, of course, installations in museums and public spaces. The celebration of life and acts of creation are key features of Pipilotti Rist's art. And while Rist's early single-channel videos are fundamentally hopeful and affirmative they are not directly political although they open themselves up to a variety of often playfully subversive readings.

The whole sublimely wretched business of sexual differentiation has sunk itself particularly deep in the unconscious. This is why I am convinced that we can get at the deep sources of the infection only through the power of the visual, of figuration and of sound...’ Pipilotti Rist


The Films of Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann, multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker, transformed the definition of art, particularly with respect to the discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, and the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body.

As a transgressive female artist, I have a heightened sense of implicit threat.

By going public with my body I deprivatized it.’ Carolee Schneemann