Background, Inspiration, Contexts

Intellect Books
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Christoph Schlingensief: Art Without Borders, 2010, first edition, pp. 5 - 22
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By the end of the 1990s, Christoph Schlingensiefhad attracted as much media attention in Germany as pop stars, leading politicians, and film celebrities. The fact that he was an artist, an independent film-maker, and one of the in-house directors of the Volksbuhne in Berlin made his media profile a little more unusual. One of the defining features of Schlingensief's work is the manner in which it intervenes in the politics of the day and, throughout his career, he has actively sought to mobilize public debate about a diverse range of topics and issues including, to cite just a few examples: the recent success offarright parties across Europe; the indignities of unemployment and homelessness; the lack of visibility of disabled people in the media; the politics of fear in the post 9/11 period; and the legacy of the Nazi past in contemporary Germany.
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