Sunday, February 5, 1995

Austria 6

Intimate Invasions

San Francisco Art Institute

Subversive visions of sexuality and home life. Valie Export’s feature-length Invisible Adversaries (1977) horrified the authorities with its feminist position, visceral sexual imagery and critique of Vienna. Blending stylized drama and expressionistic visuals, it portrays the psychological breakdown of a young woman striving to have an artistic career. Followed by four short films by Scheirl & Ursula Purrer which reflect the vibrant Austrian super-8 movement of the 1980s. With rude spontaneity, their Body-building and Super-8 Girl Games parody and radically upend male-dominated body ritual performance art.