Tap and Touch Cinema, 1968 (video still), video, 1:08 minutes, sound, b/w, courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix [EAI], New York
Valie Export was interested in exposing attitudes to the female body in Western society by means of acts performed in the public sphere. In the documented performance Tap and Touch Cinema (1968), Export stood on a central street in Munich with a curtained box attached to her upper body. Passersby were invited to stick their hands into the box and to touch her breasts for 30 seconds only. In this work, Export created what she defined as a projection space for male fantasies, which brought to an extreme cinematic convention that objectify women.
Born in Pennsylvania, 1939; lives and works in New York