Phantom Foreign Vienna

Phantom Fremdes Wien

Phantom Foreign Vienna

Lisl Ponger


In cafés, social centres, back rooms and religious locations, between 1991 and 1992 Lisl Ponger filmed the celebrations and gatherings of various cultures and ethnic groups present in Vienna. 10 years later, she tries to bring all this material together into some kind of order. In her self-reflective, multi-layered montage featuring voice-over narration, Ponger succeeds in ensuring her shots retain the carnivalesque and exuberant, the fleeting and diasporic, and thus also the phantom-like gure of foreign Vienna.

Awards for ›Phantom Fremdes Wien ‹
Golden Gate New Vision Award – San Francisco International Film Filmfestival 2005

Director / Cinematography / Editing

Lisl Ponger

Sound design

Dietmar Schiepek


Hakan Gürses, Viennasi MC


Gabriele Kranzlbinder, Alexander Dumreicher Ivanceanu, Amour Fou



Lisl Ponger

Lisl Ponger was born 1947 in Nuremberg. She studied photography at the Graphische Lehr­ und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna and photographed works by Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch and Peter Weibel, among others. Her own extensive work in photography, film and installation media is located at the line between art, art history and ethnology. Stereotypes, racism and the construction of the gaze are important themes of her work. Ponger lives and works in Vienna.

Films by Lisl Ponger (Selection)
Imago Mundi – Das Gültige, Sagbare und Machbare verändern 2007 | déjà vu 1999 | Passagen 1996 | Semiotic Ghosts 1991 | Train of Recollection 1988 | Substantial Shadows 1987 | The Sound of Space 1986 | Tendencies to Exist 1984 | Souvenirs 1982 | The Four Corners of the World 1981 | Space Equals Time – Far Freaking Out 1979