Anne Tismer

Volksbühne Berlin

What would Hitler say? This question has recently gone from being posed ironically in Germany to a global musing. YouTube now has more than 140 mash-ups of the movie Der Untergang (The Downfall) (2004), which answer the question by using subtitles to show what Hitler would say if he found out that the iPad does not support multitasking play, or that he lost the LA MOCA directorship to Jeffrey Deitch. These mash-ups have turned Hitler into a global meme for uncontrolled rage. Now Anne Tismer has merged Hitler with the amazingly popular Facebook game FarmVille. Her performance Hitlerine, 2010, asked: What would Hitler do if she were a FarmVille-obsessed mother of a young daughter?

Tismer was a successful stage actress; her subsequent transformation to performance artist is symptomatic of a recent affair between art and theater in Berlin: Johnen Galerie’s twenty-fifth anniversary staged artists

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