Okeashi (Gegengeschenk)

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

Reenactment (I)

2019

Major Label, Münster

Box

LP with the sounds of 31 Vibratoren

31 Prints from drawings of Vibrators by Tabea Blumenschein

Reviews of 31 Vibrators by Katrin Kämpf

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Since the Goethe Institut exhibition Geniale Dilletanten (Brilliant Dilletants) has been travelling around the world, more and more people have confessed to be an ingenious Dillettante.  But Wolfgang Müller (*1957), whose Merve book Geniale Dilletanten established the spelling mistake Dilletant in 1982, has long since moved on. The spiritus rector of Deadly Doris remembered the audio tape Das Typische Ding, which he recorded one year before, with Dagmar Dimitroff (*1960 - 1990), the band co-founder Nikolaus Utermöhlen (*1958 - 1996) and filmstar Tabea Blumenschein (*1952).
The relationship of the words "dilletant" and "dildo" is obvious. The Latin word dilettare means to please and to delight: The dilettante is thus translated as lover or afficionado.
Within the sound spectrum of thirty-one contemporary vibrators, we witness a resurrection of Die Tödliche Doris in 2019. She now emerges as a performer, musician and instrument in one. Doris has never been so close to us.
The band members are 39 years young and bear exciting fresh artistic names such as Kushi, Cayona, Touch, Womanizer2go or Little Paul. Their sonorous bodies of desire spread extra and overly musical pleasure.
Tabea Blumenschein welcomed her new band-colleagues in the most friendly way. The artist has captured the personalities of the new members in thirty-one exclusive colour portraits. They show thirty-one supremely unconventional individuals, all equipped with great star potential.
Cultural scientist Katrin Kämpf got the devices ready for operation and recording in noise-expert Frieder Butzmann's recording studio. Her reviews from the magazine L_Mag can be found in the original German version, English translated by Anne Gaschütz on the backs of Tabea Blumenscheins 31 corresponding portraits.


Tabea Blumenschein * Wolfgang Müller * Instrumente: Katrin Kämpf    Design: Lars Nagler

feat.

VibratingBullet, Better Than Chocolate, Tiani 2, Getaway, Rave, Flare, Cayona, Penguin, Laya 2, Touch, Cupcake, Form6, BonBon, Magic Massager, Siri2, Kushi, Feder, SallySea, Stronic Pulsator II, We Vibe Nova, Iroha-Stick, Partner Whale, Vortex Vibrations, Little Paul, Tango Smartvibe, Rub my duckie, Motorhead Overkill, Phoenix Magma Toy, Iris, partner plus und womanizer 2go.
 

Gedankenpfad Laibtätigkeit Aidmann

2019

20 pages | numerous pictures

Including a CD  with the peace "Überlieferung Josef Pfeuffer 3.6.76"

Edition of 100 | Numbered, stamped and signed byWolfgang Müller

Hybriden Verlag Berlin

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One of the recordings Nikolaus Utermöhlen brought to The Deadly Doris was that of an old tape by a gentleman named Joseph Pfeuffer. He lived in a small village near Würzburg and was considered a madman, hermit and outsider. Several times he had been put into a psychiatry. His half-timbered house he had coloured from top to bottom in bright colors by self-written laws and commandments. He looked impressive, remembered Nikolaus. He was impressed by Joseph Pfeuffer's imagination and obstinacy. Now and then he visited him. He had been very hospitable. At some point Pfeuffer Nikolaus confidently gave one of his tape reels. On this he had recorded his demands and ultimatums, again and again interrupted by exact time statements.

This tape was now the basis of the track "Tradition Joseph Pfeuffer 3.6.76", a contribution of the Deadly Doris for the compilation "Lieber Zuviel Als Zuwenig" (ZickZack summer hits 81).

When we produced the post, Dagmar Dimitroff had disappeared without a trace. She was member of a bizarre sect-like group around the Hungarian artist Janosch, the brother of video artist Vera Body. Since than, she has been completely unpredictable, missed appointments and had fierce mental changes strong mood swings. A few weeks earlier, Dagmar, Nikolaus Tabea, and I had completed the studio recordings for our first LP, which was released in 1982. After that, Dagmar was beyond reach. We thought about how we could get in touch. We appreciated her powerful drumming and her wonderful voice, which can be heard on "fliegt schnell laut summend". Where was Dagmar?

So I spoke my search call into the microphone of the recording studio in the final seconds of the 2:30 minute long Pfeuffer tracks. There is this repeated message: "Dagmar, melde dich!“

Wolfgang Müller, 11.1.2019

Kostüme

Costumes and clothing were extremely important for Die Tödliche Doris. Without clothing, Doris would have been absolutely unperceivable. One could even say she has her clothes alone to thank for her existence. Doris doesn’t have a body, much less an identity. That is to say, she has less than absolutely nothing. Her presence can solely be felt through her clothing. (Wolfgang Müller)

This the artist book contains the digitalized Super-8-Film KULISSE by Nikolaus Utermöhlen & Wolfgang Müller D 1984, 54 min., DVD.
The book is in a tote bag, designed and signed by Tabea Blumenschein. In limited edition of 120. Also there is a Doris-postcard with feather signed and numbered by Wolfgang Müller.
For the 120 ex of the Doris' tote bag Tabea Blumenschein first time break a promise she gave in 1984:  ‘I don’t want to mass produce anything. [I’m not money-grubbing enough for that. In principle I only work when I need money or when good friends require my assistance. Therefore you will never see a boutique collection from me.]’” Tabea Blumenschein in: High Society, 1/1984 January, p. 45.

Performance

2017 | Hybriden Verlag Berlin 

100 Pags | zahlreiche farbige Abbildungen | Contains a original drawing by Wolfgang Müller and 2 Film DVDs with 31 Videos by Die Tödlichen Doris 

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For his 60th birthday Wolfgang Müller (*24.10.1957) made himself a present. It’s called Die Tödliche Doris - Performance. 

In this artist edition Müller describes the background of the performative actions of the band Die Tödliche Doris, which he started together with Nikolaus Utermöhlen (1958-1996) in 1980. The band dissolved into white wine in 1987. From 1980 onwards, other band members joined, such as Chris Dreier (*1960), Tabea Blumenschein (*1952), Dagmar Dimitroff (1960-1990) and Käthe Kruse (1958).

From 1980 till 1987 Wolfgang Müller and Nikolaus Utermöhlen were students of the film class of Prof. Wolfgang Ramsbott at the University of Arts, Berlin. They made several super-8 movies, which are now to be found in collections of the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin, the Kunsthalle Hamburg, the Design University Kobe, Japan and Schloß Moritzburg, Halle. 

Because of financial reasons, video was a rare medium for most art students. Nevertheless, by borrowing cameras and the help of TV productions a variety of videos came about. Die Tödliche Doris - Performance comprises 31 digitized, edited, and restored versions. 

From 2008 till 2016 the videos were edited by Wolfgang Müller with the help of Ming Wong and under the supervision of An Paenhuysen in the studio of Ulf Wrede. Special finds were made like a recording of a performance at The Kitchen, New York, titled Hommage to Allan Jones, or the trilology Debüt during the NDR Video Night in the same year 1984.   

The video Chöre und Soli (1984) visualizes perfectly the transfer of the medium film into the medium of video: the faces of Die Tödliche Doris members were projected in super-8 film format. Topics such a deconstruction and reconstruction were implemented in both performance and technique. The concept performance was also extended to the medium itself: “Not only the performance visible on the tapes, but also the process of the editing of the videos itself is a performative procedure, and thus a performance,” says Wolfgang Müller: “For Die Tödliche Doris, the concept performance contains various processes of materialization, of metamorphose, and of interactions between individuals, media, and different time frames.”

DVD 1

01 Festival Genialer Dilletanten, 1981 (07:34)

02 Konzert SO36, West Berlin 1982 (12:32)

03 Naturkatastrophengesang, 1982 (01:21)

04 Naturkatastrophenballett, 1983 (01:47)

05 Naturkatastrophenkonzert, 1983 (02:56)

06 Über-Mutti Live Konzert Paris 1983 Played Back Berlin 1984 (04:21)

07 Pfadfindertreffen, 1984 (05:34)

08 Kavaliere, 1984 (06:22)

09 Chöre und Soli, 1984 (03:46)

10 Debüt, 1984 (04:17)

11 Matinée LIVEPLAYBACK (06:26)

12 Die Schuld-Struktur (Rekonstruktion), 1984-2009 (01:26)

13 Hommage an Allen Jones (03:13)

14 Kavaliere LIVEPLAYBACK, 1985 (07:47)

15 Noch 11 Vorstellungen, 1985 (16:00)

16 Maria, 1985 (02:31)

 

DVD 2

17 Interview, 1985 (02:39)

18 fliegt schnell laut summend LIVEPLAYBACK, 1985 (03:19)

19 Zwei Herzen/Two Hearts, 1985 (01:24)

20 Werbespot/Advertisement, 1985 (00:34)

21 Metamorphosis into Doris, 1985 (00:40)

22 I. Debüt in Helgoland "art performance" (12:05)

23 II. Unser Debüt "rock show“ (07:39)

24 III. Allgemeines Debüt „Volkskunst/folkart" (3:39)

25 Nachdenken, Gedächtnis und Gesang, 1986 (06:44)

26 Noch 0 Vorstellungen, 1987 (04:37)

27 Ausflug, (documenta VIII), 1987 (01:54)

28 DIE GESAMTHEIT ALLEN LEBENS UND ALLES DARÜBERHINAUSGEHENDE, 1987 (05:02)

29 Gemischter Chor/Blended choir,1989 (02:13)

30 Song of BAT (I), 1989 (01:02)

31 Song of BAT (II), 1987 (03:59)

 

 

Losspielen

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

Why Die Tödliche Doris was never exhibited in the Berlin Gallery

Roleplay by Wolfgang Müller and An Paenhuysen

2017 | Walther von Goethe Foundation | english | signed

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Why The Deadly Doris Was Never Exhibited in the Gallery Berlin is a comedy on the art world and its social customs at the beginning of the 21st century. It relates the story of a Belgian curator, Marie Vandenberghe, and a German artist, Fred Reich, who are eager to make a career in the Berlin art scene. But their plans are obstructed when they fall into the hands of the director of the Gallery Berlin. During a residency in Aschersleben the duo finds itself once again confronted with the painful debacle. The impasse is broken when they embark on an art project inspired by the 17th century experiments in the physics of vacuums by the Magdeburg inventor, scientist and politician Otto von Guericke. A future in air sculptures might now pave its way.

Die Lagerbestände der Tödlichen Doris
Cadavre Exquis auf Messeflyer (Art Frankfurt)

Die Teilnahme an der Kunstmesse ART Frankfurt bedeutete für die Kreuzberger Galerie Zwinger ein hohes finanzielles Risiko. Jede teilnehmende Galerie erhielt einen Art-Frankfurt-Messe-Flyer in hoher Auflage für die Eigenwerbung. Die Tödliche Doris schlug vor, aus diesem Flyer ein Kunstwerk zu machen: Sie versah nun den Flyer der Galerie mit einer "Doris"-Figur und der Auflagenhöhe. Die Gruppenmitglieder bemalten nun individuell 120 dieser gedruckten Messe-Flyer und gestalteten so jeden dieser Flyer zu einem Unikat
 

Naturkatastrophen
Ephemera