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Ulrike Ottinger
Freak Orlando
Freak Orlando
1981
Freak Orlando (1981) is an outrageous time-travelling masquerade, structured in five episodes. Classified by Ottinger as Welttheater (World Theatre), it aims to encompass human history from its origins to the present, emphasising prejudice, incompetence, lust for power, fear, madness, cruelty and everyday life. Albeit with extreme irony, Ottinger revisits Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando: A Biography (1928), considered a landmark of modernist, feminist, queer and transgender writing, which follows a poet who lives for centuries, through various historical time-periods, and while doing so changes sex. Ottinger’s protagonists are a series of ‘disillusioned characters’ that recall carnival’s embracing of the marginalised, Tod Browning’s film Freaks (1932) and the photography of Diane Arbus.

In this way, Ottinger blends Woolf’s novel with German camp into a theatre of difference.
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original title
Freak Orlando
year of acquisition
2004
type of object
Audiovisual recording
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MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
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R.2499
date
1981
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Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA
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35 mm film transferred to video, colour, sound, 122 min 3 s
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© Ulrike Ottinger, context: FREAK ORLANDO
Orlando: A Biography
Feminism
Camp (style)
Queer
Woolf, Virginia
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