An Evening with VALIE EXPORT
Introduced by VALIE EXPORT
Friday, February 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
1967. Austria. Directed by Hans Scheugl. A deconstruction and reassembly of (summer) time and (public) space in the titular working-class district of Vienna, Hernals meshes everyday observations with a jazzy little battle of the sexes. The combatants are VALIE EXPORT (in a yellow dress worthy of Contempt) and Peter Weibel (nudging a blue NIVEA balloon in proud allusion to his career-establishing Expanded Cinema Action from 1966). Filmmaker-photographer-cultural historian Scheugl was their (and Kren’s) most active collaborator in the short-lived but influential Austria Filmmakers Cooperative. Restored in 2013 by the Austrian Film Museum. 11 min.
5/62 Window Watchers, Rubbish, etc.
1962. Austria. Directed by Kurt Kren. A grandmaster of postwar European avant-garde cinema, Kren (1929–1998) didn’t have a lot of love to spare for his hometown. His rapidly edited 5/62 is a compelling expression of that stance: Vienna circa 1960, a wasteland of apathy and aimlessness. Absent any utopian moment in the world portrayed, the chosen form becomes that missing utopia. Courtesy Austrian Film Museum. 5 min.
1977. Austria. Directed by VALIE EXPORT. Screenplay by EXPORT, Peter Weibel. With Susanne Widl, Weibel, Josef Plavec. EXPORT’s eerily uncanny, almost schizoid vision of a Vienna populated by body snatchers and consumer fetishists combines sci-fi city symphony, feminist political tract, and erotic-comic performance art into a satirical condemnation of the repressive historical amnesia and will to violence afflicting postwar Austrian bourgeois society. Imagine Godard at his most surreal and you’ll have only the vaguest sense of the strange sounds and visions that pervade EXPORT’s landmark experimental film. Courtesy Sixpack Film. In German; English subtitles. 108 min.