Heavily influenced by Nick Zedd’s legendary underground films, the German artist and filmmaker Christoph Schlingensief similarly used camp, absurdity, and horror–to, in his case, attempt to upset Germany’s postwar complacency and neurotic relationship to its own past. The short films of these two artistic enfant terribles will be shown tonight at MOMA, in conjunction with the presentation of Schlingensief’s work at MoMA PS1. Nick Zedd will be there in person to discuss his work, after the screening of his Ecstasy in Entropy (1999) and an excerpted version of War is Menstrual Envy (1992) with Stephanie Weber, Assistant Curator of Media and Performance Art.
The screening is part of a larger series of screenings running through May 29th, which contextualizes Schlingensief’s filmic production—little known in the U.S.—within that of his peers and influences, including John Waters, Ken Jacobs, and George Kuchar. See the full schedule of films here.
Short Films by Nick Zedd and Christoph Schlingensief, Introduced by Nick Zedd, Monday, May 26, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Museum of Modern Art, Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building. Tickets can be purchased here.
You can read our recent interview with Nick Zedd here.