- EXPORT Valie, From the Underdog File, 1969.
Photo. Josef Tandl.
With a keen for art actions guaranted to capture public attention, Valie Export playfully and provocatively radicalizes the relationship between the sexes by taking to an extreme women’s liberation from male oppression. She walks her partner, Peter Weibel, on a leash, taking onto the streets an action aimed at documenting and revealing as a power game the relationship between the sexes. In contrast to the later term ‘performance’, with generally related to a prescribed course of action in a art context, public ‘actions’ were planned loosely enough to accomodate unexpected events and changes in procedure and content.