Christoph Schlingensief
The African Twintowers

Installation, Film screening


Neue Galerie Graz

Production specifics
Kooperation steirischer herbst & Neue Galerie Graz

Film and theatre-maker Christoph Schlingensief’s installation combines Norse mythology and African shamanism as well as the music of rock legend Patti Smith, text fragments from Elfriede Jelinek, and the acting of Fassbinder icon Irm Hermann: “The African Twintowers” is a portrait of everyday life, an enactment of the German present in the colonial past. The film was shot in Lüderitz/Namibia in 2005, with most of the footage shot in AREA 7, a corrugated iron slum outside the gates of this time-forgotten town.

The result is a film that is a film no more, caught up in its own parallel universe, the red thread cut, without the usual sequence of images, on eighteen monitors simultaneously.

Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Christoph Schlingensief
Autorin / Autor, Text: Elfriede Jelinek
Musik: Patti Smith
Schauspielerin / Schauspieler: Irm Hermann