Note: If you see this text you use a browser which does not support usual Web-standards. Therefore the design of Media Art Net will not display correctly. Contents are nevertheless provided. For greatest possible comfort and full functionality you should use one of the recommended browsers.
Valie Export «Eros/ion»
Valie Export, «Eros/ion», 1971
Photograph: M. Clay/H. Hendrich | ©

 Valie Export

An action in which the body is employed as carrier and transmitter of signs/traces for a semantic analysis by means of a body demonstration. 'Eros/ion' investigates the relationship between social signs and body, the relationship between culture and body, material and body. First I roll about in broken glass, body cutting by screen, and then on the glass plate, finally on a paper screen. The marks produced on my skin-screen by the splinters of glass leave informal, painterly traces on the paper screen. The splinters are transformed into signs by this reduction into traces of an aesthetic process on the body. Identity of signs and carrier material. The art context as a condition of reality. The socially prescribed significance of the material – meaning and image as material – is transformed and overcome.


Valie Export