ARTISTS ON FILM: INVISIBLE ADVERSARIES
(dir. Valie Export, 1976), 104 min.
Presented and followed by a conversation with novelist Hari Kunzru
When: 6.30pm, Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Where: Room 471, 20 Cooper Square (Bowery and East 5th)
FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC
“We don’t have witches now. We live in a modern time. But if we want witches, we must take Valie Export and burn her.” (Austrian tabloid, 1976)
Breaking free of conventional unities of body, space and time, this early feature by one of Europe's leading feminist filmmakers is a haunting excursion into psychic disintegration and crumbling identity. It loosely covers one year in the life of Anna, a young Viennese photographer increasingly convinced that the Hyksos, a hostile alien force, are invading people's bodies and responsible for the decay and rising violence around her. Valie Export skillfully exploits montage and integrates video, performance and installation art with elements from Cubism, Surrealism, Dada and avant-garde cinema.