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Art of Wagnis : Christoph Schlingensief's Crossing of Wagner and Africa

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Art of Wagnis : Christoph Schlingensief's Crossing of Wagner and Africa.
ed.: Lehmann, Fabian ; Siegert, Nadine ; Vierke, Ulf . transl.: Watson, Jacob ; Ernsting, Stefan . Iwalewahaus
Wien : Verlag für moderne Kunst , 2017 . - 248 p.
ISBN 978-3-903131-48-4

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Wagner – Schlingensief – Afrika
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Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Iwalewahaus, Oberfrankenstiftung, Universitätsverein Bayreuth e.V.

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In the oeuvre of moviemaker, theatre director and action artist Christoph Schlingensief (1960–2010) two topics are particularly important: the myth of Richard Wagner and the image of Africa. Schlingensief not only addressed both topics in parallel, however, he confronted them in unknown ways. He arranged a Wagner Rallye (1999) through the deserts of Namibia, exposed the African in Wagner’s opera Parsifal (2004–2007) at the Bayreuth festival and processed this first opera experience in his shooting of The African Twin Towers (2005–2009). Towards the end of his life, he started to realize his vision of the African Opera Village (ongoing). By now fleeing the Wagner cult in Germany, he aimed at an institutionally liberated opera in Burkina Faso. But what does it mean to dislocate and negotiate opera within the context of Africa?

This publication comprises essays, artistic contributions and interviews with contemporaries that approach Schlingensief’s work from different disciplinary perspectives, allowing us to see behind his projects and ideas and provide artistic responses. The triangle Schlingensief – Wagner – Africa is thus activated in different constellations and offers fresh insights into the oeuvre of the contemporary German artist.

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Item Type: Book / Monograph
Additional notes: Mit künstlerischen Beiträgen von Wolfgang Spahn, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Johan Thom, Jürgen Hinterleithner, Daniel Kojo Schrade
Keywords: Christoph Schlingensief; Richard Wagner; Afrika; Burkina Faso; Operndorf Afrika; Oper; Bayreuther Festspiele; Parsifal
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions > Research Units > Iwalewa-Haus - Afrikazentrum der Universität Bayreuth
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Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 700 Arts and recreation > 700 Arts
700 Arts and recreation > 750 Painting
700 Arts and recreation > 760 Graphic arts
700 Arts and recreation > 780 Music
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 13:53
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 09:12