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Based on her large collection of material on the history of the body, in the 1990s VALIE EXPORT developed an essayistic script for a documentary film that encompassed the history of culture, art, and science, artificial intelligence, the dimensions of the virtual, and with forays into the fictional and the literary. In the draft script, these building blocks were interwoven with VALIE EXPORT’s own works, for her engagement with body rituals and inscriptions in the body in a world that is increasingly technicized and virtualized has been the subject of VALIE EXPORT’s artistic work ever since the 1960s. It was intended to realize this work titled Der virtuelle Körper. Vom Prothesenkörper zum postbiologischen Körper [The Virtual Body: From the Prosthetic Body to the Postbiological Body] in Austrian Television’s series ORF Kunststücke; however, despite years of preliminary work it was never made due to budget constraints. This script, which has been thoroughly reworked and edited, is now available: a project that the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz realized in collaboration with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein NBK and VALIE EXPORT.