Valie Export: Invisible Adversaries

Peter Weibel


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One of the most original films in this year’s Exposition, Invisible Adversaries is a tour de force of cinematic invention. It should bring international recognition to Valie Export, an Austrian experimental filmmaker known heretofore in America mostly by reputation. This is her first attempt at a feature-length narrative, and it reveals a prodigious talent at work.

Experimental Cinema [dvd]
Anna, an artist, is obsessed with the invasion of alien doubles bent on total destruction. Her schizophrenia is reflected in the juxtapositions of long movie camera takes with violently edited montages: private with public spaces; black & white with colour, still photographs with video, earsplitting sounds with disruptive camera angles. Anna uses her body like a map; after a devastating quarrel with her lover, she paints red stitches on herself. Watching their scenes together, we realize how seldom, if ever before, the details of sexual intimacy have been shown in film from the point of view from a woman. Export privileges rupture over unity and never settles for one-dimensional solutions. —Artforum, Nov. 1980
Notes & Video details

Contains a 20 pages booklet, bilingual English-German

110 minutes, Color, B&W
DVD PAL / No Regiional code
(Original format: 16mm)
Index Edition, EAN 9120020380218