Described by filmmaker Herbert Achternbusch as "filth for intellectuals", the films of the late German artist, actor, performance artist, and film and theatre director Christoph Schlingensief (1960 - 2010) combine over-the-top B-movie aesthetics with a stringent critique of contemporary politics and colonialism. With nods to the
New German Cinema and Viennese Actionism, Schlingensief tackled complex themes of nation, violence and Western materialism and used his films to mobilise debates on the spread of far-right political parties across Europe, the politics of fear after the events of 9/11, and the legacy of the Third Reich in post-war Germany.
Presented in conjunction with the Christoph Schlingensief exhibition at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany London
Friday 11 May - Saturday 26 May 2012
Tate Modern, London, UK