Imago Mundi

an avant-garde film by Lisl Ponger
World Premiere: documenta XII

Austria 2007 // 37 min // digital


The film Imago Mundi re-stages a 17th century still life - bringing its symbolic criticism of religious and secular power structures into line with those of a post-colonial, neo-liberal and globalised world. It does so in order to propose a re-consideration of both the representation of politics and the politics of representation. Leading us on an excursion through the layers of symbols, work processes and the art forms of film, photography, dance, theatre, music and literature it uncovers the normative parameters that form the invisible or unacknowledged cultural cage in which we spend most of our time. In the interaction of political discussion, art forms and levels of meaning the film is a text which can be read as part of a discourse on political art and political activism.

Concept, realisation and editing

Lisl Ponger


Caroline Champetier


Peter Ponger


Bruno Pisek


Ljubomir Bratic, Araba Johnston-Arthur, Lisl Ponger, Nora Sternfeld, Luisa Ziaja, Marie-Christine Friedrich, Moravia Naranjo, Julian Sharp


Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Lisi Ponger


AMOUR FOU Vienna & Lisl Ponger

Supported by

Innovative Film Austria, City of Vienna Culture




Documenta XII, Kassel 2007
Calcutta - India International Women Film Festival 2007
dokumentART Film & Video Festival Neubrandenburg (D) / Szczecin (PL) 2007
FID Marseille 2007
Diagonale 2007