Georg Seeßlen

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Georg Seeßlen during his lecture at the "Cologne Congress 2017"

Georg Seeßlen (* 1948 in Munich ) is a German author , columnist , cineast and film and culture critic .


Seeßlen studied painting with Karl Fred Dahmen , art history and semiology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich .

He was a lecturer at various universities in Germany and abroad. He works as a freelance writer on social, cultural and film topics, for u. a. epd Film , Frankfurter Rundschau , Der Freitag , Jungle World , specifically , Der Tagesspiegel , taz , Die Zeit and Das Science Fiction Jahr and published numerous books on the subject. Seeßlen regularly writes features for radio that deal with current trends in cinema and popular culture , mostly in collaboration with Markus Metz , with whom he brought out several books.

Seeßlen was elected as a new member of the Film and Media Art section at the spring general meeting of the Berlin Academy of the Arts on May 25, 2013.

He lives in Kaufbeuren and Liguria .

Topics and positions

Seeßlen deals critically with current social developments in his film reviews and books. In more recent publications such as Orgasm and Daily Life , Seeßlen deals with television and current political events. Seeßlen sees entertainment politically. For example, the telenovelas in Latin America had accompanied the exploitation of women in the informal family economy decades ago, in Germany it was no different: "The afternoon of television belongs to the loser women of neoliberalism ". In an interview in 2016, Seeßlen expressed the hope that refugees could save Europe from “further brutalization and stupidity”. In an essay in February 2017, he advocated the thesis that “the last remaining weapon of the left and liberals” was the language that right-wing populists like Donald Trump “poison”.


Jan Distelmeyer discussed Seeßlen's Scorsese biography in 2004 :

“How can one live up to abundance? [...] Own, because the ramifications cannot necessarily be followed without contradiction, because this sovereignty is based on a combination of knowledge and observation that is unique in German film journalism, and because Seeßlen has made this semiotic - culture-critical method his personal for over 25 years . [...] 'Martin Scorsese' is so much a personal and paradigmatic book that it virtually challenges the book 'Georg Seeßlen'. "


The jury of the Bert Donnepp ​​Prize awarded Seeßlen the media journalism prize for 2017. She paid tribute to his many years of media journalism. He is a very precise observer and gains insights from TV comedy formats or the Eurovision Song Contest, "which can be socio-politically illuminating for the reader".

Fonts (selection)

Radio (all with Markus Metz)

  • The digital future of cinema: myth, magic and picture rubbish. First broadcast on March 19, 2006 on Deutschlandradio Kultur
  • Pixel-Monsters Electronic Kisses - The Brave New World of Digital Cinema , Radio Feature, WDR 2006
  • Nice sound, terrible noise. Looking for an acoustic aesthetic in a noisy time. Radio feature about sound design, Deutschlandfunk 2008
  • The Dick Files. A science fiction author feels observed , radio feature about the author Philip K. Dick , Deutschlandradio Kultur 2008
  • "Scoring cat! Full of treachery, a gap in the bridge “- The Long Night of Rascal Stories , Time Travel, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2008
  • A century of cinema passion - the history of the oldest movie theater in the world , time travel, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2008
  • Mockumenta 3. The fake event of the year 2009 , radio feature, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2009
  • On the transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity , time travel, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2009
  • “Anything but no hero” - The rediscovery of the writer Rudolf Lorenzen , Deutschlandradio Kultur 2009
  • The cinema speaks German - gloss and misery of synchronization , time travel, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2009
  • Elevator blues. Elevator to the penthouse. Radio feature about the changes in the residents of the upper floors after the introduction of elevators, Deutschlandfunk 2009
  • This is where dreams are made. The Bavaria Filmstudio Radio Feature, SWR 2010
  • Monsters, Girls and Motors - A Brief History of Drive-In Cinema , Time Travel, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2010
  • Sweet and stupid and very business-promoting - the success story of the mascot , time travel, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2010
  • Zombies! Deconstructing a Myth. Radio feature on Voodoo , Deutschlandfunk 2011
  • Whiskers and bikini line - a short cultural history of body shaving , time travel, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2011
  • Trash. A declaration of love. Radio feature about " Trash " as an honorary title for pop products, Deutschlandfunk 2012
  • "Addicted to Truthfulness." The director Michael Haneke. Radio feature about the film director Michael Haneke , WDR 3 and Deutschlandfunk, 2012
  • Heldendämmerung: Notes on post-heroic society , radio feature, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2012
  • Millions of pictures. How the market changes art. Radio feature about the effect of the art market on art, Deutschlandfunk, 2013
  • Interview with the speaking machine. Text-to-Speech programs and the pitfalls of artificial communication , Deutschlandradio Kultur 2013
  • Anarchist and child friend. A Long Night about Kasperl's Metamorphoses , Long Night, Deutschlandfunk 2014
  • Deep Impact - Cosmic Catastrophes , radio feature, Deutschlandfunk 2014
  • About freedom - the dialectical relationship between freedom and control , two-part radio essay, Deutschlandfunk 2014
  • A special energy. The encounter between art and pop , radio feature, Deutschlandradio Kultur 2014
  • "Love is colder than death." A Long Night about Rainer Werner Fassbinder , Long Night, Deutschlandfunk 2015
  • Twilight on the edge. A long night about villains and seducers , Long Night, Deutschlandfunk 2015
  • Best of Mao, Hitler, Stalin. Dictators as sensitive artists , radio feature, Deutschlandfunk 2015
  • The filmmaker Christoph Schlingensief. "75 minutes with your fist on the screen" , radio feature, Deutschlandfunk 2015
  • Divestment as a strategy against climate change. "Pull the coal off!" , Radio essay, Deutschlandfunk 2015
  • Midnight Crime - Murder in Studio 12 , radio play, Deutschlandfunk 2016
  • Eckhard Henscheid's fight against stupidity - a trip to the land of the stupid Germans , radio feature about Eckhard Henscheid , author of the New Frankfurt School and for the satirical magazines pardon and Titanic , Deutschlandfunk 2016
  • What is money anyway? , Radio essay, Deutschlandfunk 2016
  • Look-play and light-picture. The Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Connection. With Hans Helmut Prinzler . Radio feature about the filmmaker Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau . First broadcast on January 21, 2017 on Bayern 2
  • The human being as a citizen , radio essay, Deutschlandfunk 2017
  • People and elite. A crisis report , Bavaria 2, 2017
  • Special offers: How shopping impulses are triggered by “creative” pricing , Radio-Essay, Deutschlandfunk 2019
  • Pulp Fiction in the Empire: The Kolportage writer Robert Kraft , freestyle feature, first broadcast on August 23, 2020 in the DLF, director: Matthias Kapohl

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Michael Rutschky : Towards the end. Diary entries 1996–2009. Berlin 2019. p. 73.
  2. ^ Ekkehard Knörer : Lexicon of Critics: Georg Seeßlen at, September 14, 2001
  3. Jörg Auberg: Rohstoff Dummheit , About the intellectual duo of authors Markus Metz and Georg Seeßlen, , January 5, 2013
  4. Akademie der Künste Berlin - AdK blog from June 27, 2013 , accessed on July 17, 2013
  5. Michael Rutschky: Towards the end. Diary entries 1996–2009. Berlin 2019. p. 73.
  6. Georg Seeßlen: Global comfort machine. The Telenovela: A brand new, ancient format conquers the German screen. "Storm of Love" starts in the first . In: Der Tagesspiegel , September 25, 2005.
  7. Benjamin Moldenhauer: Discourse on the AfD , Spiegel Online, March 17, 2016
  8. Donald Trump: Voice attack of the right-wing populists - Trumpets of Trumpism - SPIEGEL ONLINE . Website mirror online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Jan Distelmeyer : epd film . No. 2/2004 , 2004, ISSN  0176-2044 , p. 54 .
  10. Bert Donnepp ​​Prize to epd film author Georg Seeßlen In: epd-film .de, January 22, 2018, accessed on January 26, 2018.
  11. Table of contents (pdf), prologue (pdf)
  12. March 17, 2016: Interview
  13. Dominik Irtenkauf: Donald Trump: Populism as Politics , Interview with Georg Seeßlen, Telepolis , January 20, 2017
  14. Uli Krug: That's the end! Georg Seeßlen is right. He judges contemporary pop even more mildly , Jungle World , March 29, 2018
  15. Script from Here dreams are produced. The Bavaria film studio
  16. Script for "Trash"
  17. Script from "Addicted to Truthfulness." The director Michael Haneke.
  18. Script from Millions of Pictures. How the market changes art.
  19. ^ Script from Best of Mao, Hitler, Stalin
  20. ^ The Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Connection , Bayern 2 , January 21, 2017 ( Download )
  21. How shopping impulses are triggered by “creative” pricing , Deutschlandfunk , May 19, 2019