VALIE EXPORT, Fragmente der Bilder einer Berührung, 1994, installation, installation view, ŻAK | BRANICKA, 2013
© VALIE EXPORT
Opening April 26, 2013, 6 to 9 pm in the frame of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013
Opening times during Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013: Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm
Screening of METANOIA: 29 videos by VALIE EXPORT June 6, 11 am to 6 pm
ŻAK | BRANICKA is delighted to present Bilder der Berührung [Images of Contingence], an exhibition of works by VALIE EXPORT to be shown during the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013. The exhibition highlights the artist’s groundbreaking expressions of physical contact and its implications in various media, including installation, drawing, photography, film and archival materials. The title of the exhibition is rooted in VALIE EXPORT’s installation work Fragmente der Bilder einer Berührung [Fragments of Images of Contingence] of 1994, in which pole- and wire-hung light bulbs are rhythmically immersed into cylinders filled with milk, used oil, or water. These liquids are fundamental sources of our existence. At the same time, their physical fusion with electricity implies a life-threatening danger—a contradictory, yet also mutually conditioned state of joining and repelling. The rhythmic movement in this work is repeated in a second installation of the exhibition, Die un-endliche/-ähnliche Melodie der Stränge [The un-ending/-ique melody of cords] of 1998, a recording of a threadless sewing machine and its sound.