Christoph Schlingensief is famous in Germany through film, theater, opera, television, and not least his larger than life persona. But even there hardly anyone knows his extremely diverse body of work in its entirity. The Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building will now introduce Schlingensief to a New York audience with a selection of feature and documentary films by and about the artist.
At the age of 24, young Schlingensief made his fourth feature film, Egomania (1986), starring Tilda Swinton and Udo Kier. A nightmarish film set on an island in the midst of winter and from today's perspective—a decade later Schlingensief would become known for his irreverent and oftentimes polemic film, theater, and opera work—a premonition of his artistic output in all its diversity.
Schlingensief's legendary Germany Trilogy about Helmut Kohl's "jigsaw politics" deals with political issues of the time and shows his uncompromising artistic position and his faible for hyperbole. The trilogy's films, 100 Years Adolf Hitler (1989), The German Chainsaw Massacre (1990), and Terror 2000 (1992), quickly reached cult status and turned Schlingensief into the bad boy of the German cultural scene.
At the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, Egomania and the Germany Trilogy films will be projected in loop for the duration of the exhibition. These films were also shown in the German Pavillon at last year's Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion 2011. Additionally, we will present a documentation of a political performance, Ausländer raus (2001), and Via Intolleranza II (2010), a recording of a theater production. In the interview film Christoph Schlingensief and His Films (2005), the artist himself talks about his work.
Schlingensief's opera village project in Burkina Faso is the subject of Crackle of Time (2012), which on October 10 at 7:00pm will be screened for the first time in the US and open the exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building. On October 17, we will show African Twin Towers (2005-2009), with Patti Smith and Irm Hermann, among others.