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Valie Export «Visual Text: Finger Poem»
Valie Export, «Visual Text: Finger Poem», 1968 – 1973
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 Valie Export
«Visual Text: Finger Poem»

A short videotape showing a frontal view of Valie Export's semi-figure as she forms various signs by hand and lines them up in a row throughout the tape. It is a sign language using only the fingers and hands, a poem without words or movement of the lips. At the end, the following German text appears, which – freely adapting the philosopher Martin Heidegger – suggests a possible theoretical frame of reference: 'Ich sage die zeige mit den Zeichen der Sage frei nach Heidegger' ('I say the showing with the signs of the legend').