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Musika: Hans Hartel.
Argazki zuzendaritza: Fritz Köberl.
Partehartzailea: Irmilin Hofer.
The "body" and specifically the "woman´s body" is often used as a focus for questions of origin, subject-object relations, political resistance and sexuality. It may appear that this is also the poses an ironic realtion of "Syntagma", yet Valie Export´s notion of "body language" (Körpersprache) poses an ironic relation to these questions that actually acknoe¡wledges "the end of the body" or at least the final break with the way in which we understand it to be a biological, existential, or metaphysical entity.
Export has broken away from any notion of unity -either or body, space or time- into a fragmented world of doubling and difference that is caught in representation. Through a vision that is tactile without contact she depicts the non-coincidence of the present with itself, the schizophrenic breakdown of identity. The "body" and its metaphors -mattresses, book-texts, printed photography paper, tv monitors, etc.- are all shown in the film as "speaking"; however, "body speech" does not issue from a place of cohesion, but as a selected movement, like circuitry within a system. simply, the "subject" of any given time or speech-act is a "syntagma" in the sense of a piece of machine language in a computer. The begining of the film´s title shows the image of two strips of film leader. Slowly two hands are seen pushing their way into the space occupied by the strips of leader. The hands make room for themselves in the center of the image and spell out, letter by letter, "Syntagma" in sign language.
Export seems critical of the opposition between the metaphysics of the body, nostalgically and ceremonially retained in our age, and the body of the 21st century which is functionally the equivalent of a machine that produces meaning. As the speaker (enunciator) of the film she seems, inbetween the opposition, at the wake of the organic body preceeding the creation of the completely intelligible body.
/ Valerie Manenti
Representación de la política feminista del cuerpo de Export. Una voz en off lee una cita del libro del psiquiatra Laing sobre la locura y la esquizofrenia en el mundo moderno. El director utiliza un amplio despliegue de variaciones inventivas sobre la esquizofrenia o la alienación visual, incluyendo pantallas divididas, imágenes reflejadas y efectos de espejo.
Fokuak: Hasieratik. Zinema feministaren historiak. Proiekzioa, 2019ko urtarrilak 18an Tabakaleran.