Portrait VALIE EXPORT: Foto © Hertha Hurnaus, 2009

Scherentänzerinnen, 2008

Tanzquartier 2009

Scherentänzerinnen, 2008
Foto © Lucas Beck, 2009

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Foto © Lucas Beck, 2009

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Scherentänzerinnen Skizze, Skizze, 2008

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Two scissors, crossed in a graceful sculpture epitomise the elegance and form but also the necessary sharpness of contemporary dance. A sculpture of “dancing scissors” serves the performer VALIE EXPORT as the starting point for their draft of the TQW campaign in March / April 2009 and as a medium to promote up-and-coming dancers.

“Every movement is like a cut in space.” With Scherentänzerinnen VALIE EXPORT is translating a core principle of her long artistic practice into a sculpture. Since the 1960s – not least through the use of her own body – EXPORT has been making art noticeable as a “cut” in our habitual experience of reality. She reveals reality to be a construction that is formed through the norms of society and practiced patterns of perception. Through this, in her works she constantly marks those moments that facilitate resistance, self-determination and the overcoming of learned patterns.

“Every cut demands a manual movement, an individual rhythm, no standardised movement! Each hand cuts in different rhythms.” This principle can be experienced even in using normal paper scissors.

For VALIE EXPORT’s sculpture edition for the Tanzquartier Wien two metal scissors cut into each other at a right angle. A clearly visible weld merges the two into a hapitically tempting and simultaneously dangerously pointed object.

Robbed of their original way of functioning, the scissors as an artwork demand attack and playful experimentation.

Fully in the tradition of EXPORT’s conceptual photography, the TQW March / April poster (and all the other printed matter and adverts) shows a pair of scissors as a “virtual” instrument piercing an analogue film strip. The basis of the motif is a manual cutting movement by the artist, who to make the poster worked with scissors on an original experimental film role (from the 1960s) from her work archive to make the poster. The cut on the computer-generated image goes at an angle to the film frame and extends the principle of the wedged scissor dancer to the media level of the TQW fonts.

From: press material, TQW Wien, März 2009.

 

 

Category Works, 2000-2009, Sculpture (selection), 2008, S


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