Artist Talk: Ulrike Ottinger

Published: 4 April 2018

Friday 20 April 2018

‌Friday 20 April 2018
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Goethe Institut, Glasgow
Admission free - booking required

Goethe logo‌For Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2018, The Hunterian presents Still Moving: The films and photographs of Ulrike Ottinger, the first Scottish exhibition of renowned Berlin-based artist Ulrike Ottinger.

Join Ulrike and Hunterian curator Dr Dominic Paterson at the Goethe Institut to hear her introduce the exhibition and her wider artistic practice.

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About the artist:

Ulrike Ottinger was born in Konstanz, Germany in 1942. Initially working as an artist in Paris, where she made Pop-influenced paintings, she moved to Berlin in 1973 and gradually embarked on a series of experimental film works. Among Ottinger’s notable feature-length films are Madame X (1977), a coproduction with the ZDF television network, and the Berlin Trilogy of Ticket Of No Return (1979), followed by Freak Orlando (1981) - described as ‘a history of the world from its beginnings to our day, including the errors, the incompetence, the thirst for power, the fear, the madness, the cruelty and the commonplace' - and Dorian Gray In The Mirror Of The Yellow Press (1984). A series of quasi-ethnographic documentaries followed, including China. The Arts – The People (1985), the hybrid travelogue / fantasy Johanna D’Arc of Mongolia (1989), and the eight-hour Taiga (1992). Subsequent projects include films applying an ethnographic lens to Ottinger’s own culture, such as Countdown (1990), and Prater (2007). Throughout her career Ottinger has also made photographs, created largely in parallel with the film works.

Ottinger has taken part in many major art exhibitions, including Biennale di Venezia (1980), Documenta (2002), the Berlin Biennale (2004), the Gwanju Biennial (2014), and EVA International, Limerick (2016), among others. She has had solo exhibitions at institutions including Witte-de-With Museum in Rotterdam, the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid, Kunst-Werke Berlin, and the David Zwirner Gallery in New York. In 2011 she was awarded the Hannah-Höch-Prize for her creative work. The German Film Critics Association awarded Ottinger's twelve-hour film CHAMISSO'S SHADOW as Best Documentary 2016 at the Berlin Film Festival.

"Deliriously sumptuous and transgressive, Ulrike Ottinger's world can hardly be confused with humdrum reality. Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels, a journey alternately dazzling, infuriating, hilarious, and rewarding. Mongolian nomads, feral feminists, and Shanghai and Jewish culture rub elbows in the oeuvre of a unique filmmaker who combines an outlaw's spirit and an ethnographer's eye with an artist's sense of wonder." (Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice).

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First published: 4 April 2018

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