Facing a Family

© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg © Bildrecht


Facing a Family, 1971

Concept of the TV action Felt-tip pen on graph paper Note, typescript text on paper, 10.7 x 21 cm Black-and-white photograph, 8.6 x 13.6 cm Color photograph, 6.6. x 13 cm 42 x 60 cm, framed 45 x 62.6 cm


Artwork text

Two families sit face to face, one in a TV set, the other at home. No program is visible since the screen that one family is looking at is also the screen of the other. What one sees is the reaction to the program, i. e., the specification screen being transmitted to the TV. This reaction, in turn, is the same as in the audience, since the reaction of this family still/also represents a program for the other family. The whole thing can last some 5-20 minutes. Television in the family; the family in television. (VALIE EXPORT)

Lending history
2011 Bregenz, AT, Kunsthaus (KUB) 2010 Vienna, AT, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Luwig Wien (mumok) 2002 Berlin, DE, Freie Akademie der Künste 2000 Innsbruck, AT, Galerie im Taxispalais