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Ulrike Ottinger

Still Moving: Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press, 1984


Like Freak Orlando, the third of the ‘Berlin Trilogy’ brings together two iconic modern works. Here the points of departure are Oscar Wilde’s ageless libertine hero Dorian Gray, and the demonic anti-hero Dr Mabuse (protagonist of three films made by Fritz Lang from the 1920s to the 1960s). Ottinger reworks these characters in significant ways, with Dorian portrayed androgynously by actress, model and artist Veruschka von Lehndorff, and Mabuse played by Delphine Seyrig as a media mogul set on world domination. This narrative is inter-cut with an opera relating the Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands, creating a parallel account of power and appropriation. Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press is dystopian fairy tale reflecting on the power of media images, and shot through with Ottinger’s trademark visual inventiveness and wit.

Presented in association with ‘Filming Ruins’, organised by Dr Dominic Paterson and supported by The Chancellor’s Fund,University of Glasgow.

£3-£4; Book via Eventbrite.

Buy a Season Ticket to all Ulrike Ottinger: ‘Still Moving’ screenings.

For information on more events around the Ulrike Ottinger exhibition, see Mobilisations, a programme by students of the Masters in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) course.

Sun 29 April, 3-5.30pm

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