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Christoph Schlingensief, The African Twin Towers: Stairlift to Heaven, 2007, stairlift, digital video projection (color, sound, 29 minutes 20 seconds). Installation view.

Christoph Schlingensief

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Christoph Schlingensief, The African Twin Towers: Stairlift to Heaven, 2007, stairlift, digital video projection (color, sound, 29 minutes 20 seconds). Installation view.

The phrase “Spiel ohne Grenzen” (Game Without Borders), the subtitle of one of Christoph Schlingensief’s many outrageous theatrical productions, succinctly characterizes what held the vast range of work together in this posthumous exhibition staged by Klaus Biesenbach, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, and Susanne Pfeffer, and traveling to MoMA PS1 in New York this month. The manically prolific Schlingensief began his career as a filmmaker and morphed into a theater and opera director, TV-show moderator, pseudo politician, all-around provocateur, and finally artist before his untimely death at the age of forty-nine in 2010. Across mediums, Schlingensief was a consummate performer who dedicated himself to radical political engagement, always working at the tenuous boundary between fantasy and reality. The result was both a persona and a form of political theater, enacted on-screen and in

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