Homometer II

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


Homometer II, 1976

"Body-Aktion", "Straßenaktion"

Video documentation of the action black and white, sound, 2 min 51 sec Performer: VALIE EXPORT Photography: Hermann Hendrich


Artwork text

In this street action, I hang a loaf of bread in front of my belly so that passers-by can cut off pieces. I see this street action as a continuation of my investigation On the Mythology of the Civilizing Process (1971), and, in particular, into the interpretation of symbols—bread as a symbol for motherhood and grain as a symbol for seed. The bread gives my form the appearance of a pregnant woman. This is a psychological experiment with symbols and behavior. (VALIE EXPORT)