Ausländer Raus is a thrilling, insightful and outrageously funny chronicle of one of he biggest public pranks ever committed. Austria 2000: Right after the FPÖ under Jörg Haider had become part of the government, the first time an extreme right wing party became state officials after WW2, infamous German artist Christoph Schlingensief instigated a unique form of protest. Realising public xenophobia and the new hate politics in the most drastic ways possible, he installed a public concentration camp right in the middle of Vienna´s touristic heart, right beside the pittoresque opera where hundreds of tourists and locals pass by daily.
It was a place that cynically reflected on a new multimedia culture. Satirising reality TV shows, Big Brother especially, a dozen asylum seekers were surveilled by a multitude of cameras, could be fed and watched by passer-by´s and two were thrown out of country through web-voting per day. The way fascism looks in the 21st century: Bright. Sensational. Interactive. Funny. Frightening. Austria freaked out. Thousands of screaming people gathered. Attacks with knifes, beatings, acid occurred. Political intrigues. Headlines all over Europe. 800.000 worldwide joined via internet. An incredibly heated week, capturing the European right-wing drift in real time. Democracy the hard way.
AUSLANDER RAUS! Schlingensief's Container by Paul Poet
Wednesday 14 December 2016
doors open: 8.15 PM
address: Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam