Christoph Schlingensief (Book)

Art Without Borders

Edited by Tara Forrest

The work of acclaimed German artist Christoph Schlingensief spans three decades and a diverse range of fields, including, film, television, activism, opera and theatre. Christoph Schlingensief: Art without Borders is the first book to be published in English on Schlingensief’s groundbreaking, politically engaged body of work. Leading scholars in the field offer a critical assessment of Schlingensief’s hybrid practice, and an interview with Schlingensief himself provides the reader with insight into past and present projects. The book will be an essential resource for artists, curators, students and academics in the fields of theatre and performance studies, film studies, cultural studies, German studies, political activism and art history.

Category: Performing Arts


Tara Forrest is a senior lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Anna Teresa Scheer is a performer and theatre director who worked in Berlin from 1992 to 2006, including a period at the Volksbühne, where Christoph Schlingensief was in-house director.

Foreword – Alexander Kluge

Background, Inspiration, Contexts – Tara Forrest and Anna Teresa Scheer

Chapter One: The Tunguska Manifesto: Schlingensief’s Critique of Film and the Restitution of Experience – Richard Langston

Chapter Two: An Obscene Reckoning: History and Memory in Schlingensief’s Deutschlandtrilogie – Kristin T. Vander Lugt

Chapter Three: Theatre of Self-Questioning: Rocky Dutschke, ’68, or the Children of the Revolution – Sandra Umathum

Chapter Four: Passion Impossible or Man with a Mission: A Go! manesque Intervention – Anna Teresa Scheer

Chapter Five: Putting the Public Sphere to the Test: On Publics and Counter-Publics in Chance 2000 – Solveig Gade

Chapter Six: ‘Right now Austria looks ridiculous’: Please Love Austria! – Reforging the Interaction between Art and Politics – Denise Varney

Chapter Seven: Productive Discord: Schlingensief, Adorno, and Freakstars 3000 – Tara Forrest

Chapter Eight: The Fusion and Confusion of Art and Terror(ism): ATTA ATTA – Brechtje Beuker

Chapter Nine: Media Play: Intermedial Satire and Parodic Exploration in Elfriede Jelinek and Christoph Schlingensief’s Bambiland – Morgan Koerner

Chapter Ten: Schlingensief’s Animatograph: Time Here Becomes Space – Roman Berka

Chapter Eleven: Citizen of the Other place: A Trilogy of Fear and Hope – Florian Malzacher

Chapter Twelve: Blurring Boundaries/Changing Perspectives: An Interview with Christoph Schlingensief – Florian Malzacher

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