Facing a Family

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


Facing a Family, 1971

"Expanded Movie", "TV-Aktion", "Imaginäre Leinwand"

Video, black and white, sound, 5 min Telecast Feb. 28, 1971 by ORF in "Kontakte" on the topic of "Family and TV" (isolation)


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
2009 Toronto, CA, Mercer Union 2007 Vienna, AT, Österreichisches Filmmuseum 2000 Innsbruck, AT, Galerie im Taxispalais