Evocative Wordplay and Utopian Image-traces in Schlingensief’s Participatory Projects

Scheer, Anna (2021) Evocative Wordplay and Utopian Image-traces in Schlingensief’s Participatory Projects. In: Arbeit am Bild. Christoph Schlingensief und die Tradition. Inter/media (14). Wilhelm: Fink Verlag, Austria, pp. 245-260. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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One of the defining features of the public performance events of the late German artist, Christoph Schlingensief, is the manner in which he sets up what can be termed social experiments in motion that encompass installation, performance, and activism and intentionally obfuscate distinctions between art, reality, political, and social critique. These works, however, also involve the demonstration of private activities in public spaces in a way that implies a reification of the private sphere inaccessible to the tampering of political and corporate interests. The works cited in this chapter all reveal an interest in rejecting the status quo and a desire for generating a collective hope that can envision something better in a way that recalls the utopian philosophy of of the unorthodox Marxist philosopher, Ernst Bloch (1885-1977). His major works, The Spirit of Utopia (1923) and his three volume The Principle of Hope (1938-47), explore utopian principles and, importantly, the possibility held out by all artistic mediums to engage the viewer in imagining latent or unrealized possibilities for a better world. This essay explores the interfaces between the artist’s practice and the utopian philosopher’s ideas.

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Keywords:Schlingensief, Ernst Bloch, utopias, counterpublic, participatory arts, Performance art, political practice, social critique
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
L Social studies > L200 Politics
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R290 German studies not elsewhere classified
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R200 German studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V222 German History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:07 Oct 2021 14:11

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