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08.03.2012, 20.00 hrs
Ausländer raus—Bitte liebt Österreich, or Christoph Schlingensief’s Big Brother container
As part of the Public Program, Matthias Lilienthal (director of Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin) presents the lecture Ausländer raus—Bitte liebt Österreich, or Christoph Schlingensief’s Big Brother container at Het Utrechts Archief (Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht). Against the sensitive history and political situation in Vienna, Schlingensief's action Ausländer raus—Bitte liebt Österreich [Foreigners out—Please love Austria] lead to intense and emotional discussions. Lilienthal, whose lectures are known for their dynamism and spontaneity, was a good friend of Schlingensief and is unparalleled at communicating the controversial nature of Ausländer raus. The lecture is in English, with video recordings of Ausländer raus.
The title of Christoph Schlingensief’s work, Ausländer raus—Bitte liebt Österreich [Foreigners out— Please love Austria], 2000, consists of a seemingly xenophobic slogan that is followed by a humbly nationalistic phrase whose irony makes it a fierce censure of Austria. This combination is typical of Christoph Schlingensief’s approach. The trigger for the project was a government coalition that for the first time included the rightwing and nationalistic Freedom Party of Austria. Schlingensief’s fictional deportations put the party’s slogans into practice, and made him one of the sharpest critics of its policies. He fought against these policies in his own way by using art to produce an impact that would affect the whole country.
Matthias Lilienthal is a dramaturge and director of the three-theater ensemble Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin. He lives and works in Berlin.
The exhibition at BAK will be open to 20:00 hrs. The lecture will be followed by drinks at BAK.
Venue: Het Utrechts Archief, Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht (around the corner from BAK).
Entrance fee (including the exhibition): € 4,00; discount: € 2,00.
Reservation recommended, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.