© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg © Bildrecht, Photo Kaligofsky Werner


Splitscreen-Solipsismus, 1968

"Expanded Movie"

"Expanded Movie" Film installation Film, N-8mm, color, silent, Screen, aluminum foil 3 min (loop) Performer: Hubert Weninger Dimensions variable, Projection area approx. 130 x 173 cm


Artwork text

Splitscreen-Solipsismus is an example of the pioneering media artist VALIE EXPORT’s “Expanded Movie” practice. The film image is duplicated by a mirror set at a right angle to the projection. The boxer throwing punches near, and against, the edge of the image becomes two boxers. He spars with or fights against himself. The fists invariably fly synchronously; each action is its own reaction. It feels like the film does not need us spectators—the boxer is completely absorbed in himself. In reality, though, our eyes and perspectives are of fundamental importance for this film: it is only by seeing the double in the mirror that we complete it. (Jürgen Tabor)

Lending history
2011 Bregenz, AT, Kunsthaus (KUB) 2008 Athens, GR, Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) 2007 Vienna, AT, Österreichisches Filmmuseum 2007 Moscow, RU, National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA) 2004 Geneva, CH, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain 2004 Sevilla, ES, Centro Andaluz de Arte Cont. (CAAC) 2003 Paris, F, Centre de la Photography 2002 Berlin, DE, Freie Akademie der Künste 2001 Brno, CZE, Haus der Kunst 2001 Los Angeles, CA, USA, Museum of Art St. Monica 2000 Oldenburg, DE, Kunstverein 2000 Innsbruck, AT, Galerie im Taxispalais