Foreigners Out! Schlingensief's Container

Ausländer Raus! Schlingensiefs Container


Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:00pm
Schlafly Bottleworks

“Foreigners Out!” chronicles one of the biggest public pranks and acts of art terrorism ever committed. In Austria in 2000, for the first time since World War II, representatives from an extreme right-wing party became part of the government. In response, infamous German shock director and artist Christoph Schlingensief decided to engage in a unique form of protest. In a bid to embody public xenophobia and the new hate politics in the most drastic way possible, he installed a public concentration camp right in the middle of Vienna’s touristic heart, immediately next to the famed opera house. A concentration camp that cynically reflected our new multimedia culture, Schlingensief’s provocative art project satirized reality-TV shows — “Big Brother” especially — by housing a dozen real asylum seekers in containers, surveilling them with a multitude of cameras, and allowing passers-by to feed and watch them. And every day, two of the refugees were chosen through web voting to be thrown out of country.

90 min.

Directed by

Paul Poet



Film Category

Archival Presentations Art & Architecture Spotlight International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight


Art Human Rights Immigration

Co-presented with Culture Shock: A Film Series

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