Playback West-Berlin / Videos of Die Tödliche Doris

Over the course of seven years, the post-punk band Die Tödliche Doris made its mark on the 1980s musical scene in Berlin. Often consisting of a maximum of three or four performers at any one time — Wolfgang Müller, Nikolas Utermöhlen, Dagmar Dimitroff, Käthe Kruse, Chris Dreier, and Tabea Blumenschein — the group assumed a number of configurations as diverse as the artistic mediums in which they worked. At times conceived and produced independently of their music, their films and videos exemplify their collaborative and self-referential approach to artistic production, which often bordered on the burlesque. Reciting texts, narrating images, re-recording and overlapping sound, they transformed documents into events, reinventing their own music and filmed recordings both on stage and in front of the camera.

Commentary by Alena Williams and Wolfgang Müller on a selection of video works from Die Tödliche Doris, which were either performed live or produced explicitly for television in West-Berlin from 1981-84.

Broadcast live on September 14, 2009 at 19:00 from the Studio of Herbstradio 99.1 FM Berlin in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Language: English and German.

Works discussed:

Naturkatastrophenkonzert (1983)
WDR Kôln
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7mAk_tTjkY

Debut (1984)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nby8anf8p4

Chöre und Soli (1984)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1DVkRb6lzo

Cavaliere (1984)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1nrmnubGW4

Cavaliere (1984)
Live in Villingen-Schwenningen, Live Played Back in Berlin, Live Played Back in Bruxelles, Live Played Back in S’Hertogenbosch
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU6D-BlCPR4