Ulrike Ottinger (Book)

Film, Art and the Ethnographic Imagination

Comprises scholarly engagements with the various outputs of the prolific Berlin based German artist Ulrike Ottinger born in Constance in 1942 to a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father both of whom were protected from the Nazis by the paternal grandmother. The book consists of thirteen contributors, one commentator and 5 interviews. 20 b&w illus.


The first English language scholarly collection of articles on the leading Berlin based German artist and film-maker Ulrike Ottinger. The articles engage with the full range of the works, from the early Berlin feature films of the 1970s and .'80s to the ethnographic documentaries also including the art exhibitions, photography shows, installations, and artist books. The book brings together feminist film theorists with art historians and cultural theorists, each with a distinctive and detailed perspective on the queer fabulist genres of Ottinger now in her 80s.

Angela McRobbie FBA (Fellow of the Bristish Academy) is a British cultural theorist, feminist and commentator whose work combines the study of popular culture, contemporary media practices and feminism through conceptions of a third-person reflexive gaze. Emeritus Professor Goldsmiths University of London PhD Loughborough University Hon Doctorate Glasgow University, Visiting Professor Loughborough University.


      Angela McRobbie


PART ONE: The Wide Expanse of Work

1. Ulrike Ottinger in the Mirror of her Movies

      Patricia White

2. Moving Artefacts: Objects and their Agencies

      Katharina Sykora

3. Wit and Humour, When Objects Look Back: Comical Constellations in Ottinger’s Work

      Gertrud Koch


PART TWO: The Cities

4. Ulrike Ottinger and the Fashion Imagination

      Angela McRobbie

5. Recycling the Image of Berlin

      Esther Leslie  

6. Prater (2007) Cinema’s Carousel

      Mandy Merck  


PART THREE: China, Mongolia, Japan, Korea  

7. Rewriting the Ethnos through the Everyday: Ulrike Ottinger’s China. Die Kunste der Alltag

      Cassandra Xin Guan

8: The Timeliness of  Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia  (1989)

      Erica Carter and Hyojin Yoon

9. ‘Time Flies but The Song Remains Forever’: Exil Shanghai as Audio-Visual Archive and Cross-Cultural Collage

      Tim Bergfelder

10: Hochzeiten

      Laurence A. Rickels 


PART FOUR: Shadows of the Past: Hoards and Collections

11: ‘Paris~Berlin et le monde entier’: Ulrike Ottinger’s Points of Departure

      Dominic Paterson

12: Shadow Plays: Charting Ulrike Ottinger’s Recent Navigations

      Nora M. Alter

13: Anachronism and Anti-Conquest: On Chamisso’s Shadow

      Thomas Love


PART FIVE:  Comment and Interviews

14: Ulrike Ottinger and the Strange Death of Metaphor

      Adrian Rifkin

15: ‘Most Young Women Are …..Bihonists’ :Interview with Yeran Kim

      Angela McRobbie 

16: ‘We Were Pioneers for Fashion Spectacles That Didn’t Exist Before’: Interview with Claudia Skoda

      Julia Meyer-Brehm

17: ‘Back Then We Often Went to The Lipstick’: Interview with Heidi von Plato

      Julia Meyer-Brehm

18: ‘The Magic of Costume and Masquerade’: Interview with Gisela Storch-Pesalozza

      Thomas Love

19: ‘As a Viewer You Have a Lot of Freedom’: Interview with Wieland Speck

      Thomas Love


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