Kat Merten aka Doll Face is working on the intersection of music and performing arts. They are based in Berlin. Coming from a background of conceptual art they frequently collaborate with artists from various fields on genre-bending performances and projects.

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Kat Merten studied conceptual art at the Academies of Fine Arts Vienna and Leipzig, and completed a postgraduate "Meisterschüler" program at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig.

Following their studies, they worked at Schauspiel Leipzig for three years, producing video and live camera works for numerous theater productions. They were a resident DJ at the progressive Cry Baby series (Institut für Zukunft, Leipzig).

After moving to Berlin in 2018 Kat Merten began producing their own music. Two performances resulted from their collaboration with choreographer Francisco Baños Diaz and dancer Luke Fierce. Kat Merten produced the music for both pieces, which were presented at Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig and Balance Club/ Culture Festival 2020.

In December 2020 their Debut EP CAKE was released on the independent record label acting in concert. The EP includes four hybrid club tracks and a music video that was featured on Vienna-based PW-Magazine for cutting-edge personas in art and culture. CAKE celebrates our daily uprising. It is a radical and emotional manifesto and furious liberation.

Kat Merten received the Musikfonds scholarship (six months) and the #TakeCare scholarship and residency in collaboration with HAU Hebbel am Ufer (two months) in 2021 to work on their genre-bending projects.

Find out more about their music here:

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Sketches For A New Love Song

with Lotte Meret

HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Video Premiere: 22. Mar 2021


feat. baby punk, Cousin, Lamb Kebab & Luke Fierce

acting in concert

EP Release: 04. Dec 2020

Bel Air

with Anja Kaiser, Felix Schütze, Francisco Baños Diaz, Lila Steinkampf, Luke Fierce & Rachel de la Torre


Video Premiere: 27. Nov 2020

Album for Endo-Financial™ tuning

with Peter Scherrebeck Hansen & Paca Faraus

SNDO - School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam

Video Premiere: 21. Nov 2020

Clitorian Reading Chairs

with Thea Reifler

This House Is Not A Home

Lothringer 13, München

Workshop: 01. Aug 2020

Peeling Fruit In Front Of Strangers

with Francisco Baños Diaz, Lamb Kebab, Lotte Meret & Luke Fierce

Balance Club/ Culture Festival 2020

Performance: 20. May 2020


with Francisco Baños Diaz & Luke Fierce

Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

Performance: 29. Oct 2019

The Clitorian Reading Room

with Thea Reifler, Ethan Folk, Paula Hans & bound by Ceca

Droste Festival 2019

Burg Hülshoff — Center for Literature, Münster

Exhibition: 03 — 07. Jul 2019


with SEXES & Francisco Baños Diaz, Natasa Dudar, Lou Thabart, Luke Fierce & Yan Leiva

Balance – Club / Culture Festival 2019

Festival Opening: 29. May 2019

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Ein Sommernachtstraum

directed by Jakob Weiss

Nationaltheater Mannheim

Premiere: 17. Apr 2021

Men In Trouble

directed by Jovana Reisinger

Kunsthalle Osnabrück

Online Premiere: 13. Jan 2021


directed by Jakob Weiss

Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

Premiere: 16. Oct 2020

Das Wundertheater — ein Triptychon

composed by Hans Werner Henze

directed by Thea Reifler & Philipp Bergmann

Bayerische Staatsoper München

Premiere: 22. Jun 2020 postponed


directed by Yves Hinrichs

Schauspiel Leipzig

Premiere: 21. Feb 2020

Fluss, stromaufwärts

directed by Gordon Kämmerer

Schauspiel Leipzig

Premiere: 24. Nov 2019

Nacht ohne Sterne

directed by Gordon Kämmerer

Schauspiel Leipzig

Premiere: 20. Apr 2019

Jeder stirbt für sich allein

directed by Armin Petras

Schauspiel Leipzig

Premiere: 18. Feb 2019

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Sketches For A New Love Song
Kat Merten & Lotte Meret
Video, 15 minutes, 2021

Part of “Spy on Me #3” @ HAU Hebbel am Ufer

From before the troubadours of the Middle Ages to the pop stars of today, love songs have been THE most popular genre of music for well over a millennium. We all know hundreds of love songs. We're constantly surrounded by them: at the gym, in the club, on the subway or at home in the shower. Love songs accompany our lives and our coexistence. But what exactly do they tell us? How do love songs shape our notions of relationships, romance, sexuality and gender roles?

Ted Gioia, music historian and author of the only comprehensive scientific publication to date on the history of love songs, says: “I believe music is a source of transformation. I believe music is a change agent. It changes things.” Gioia believes in the transformative power of the love song. And he believes in its innovation: “There will be revolutionary new ways of singing of love. (...) The songs will come and they will change our lives.”*

How can we picture these revolutionary new love songs that change our way of thinking about love? If our everyday love songs would change, how might our society change in turn? Can love songs be the key to a “New Community”? These questions are central to the work of artist and musician Kat Merten aka Doll Face. As part of this year's festival theme, she will present a first look at his artistic research. For “Spy On Me”, he deconstructs five popular love songs and assembles them into new tracks. In collaboration with artist Lotte Meret, a digital EP and a canvas will be created, previewing the finished music project to be released later this year.

*Love Songs: The Hidden History. 2016. Video.

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CAKE celebrates different artistic positions and genres coming together. For each of the four tracks of their debut EP, Doll Face invited a guest artist. Among them are old and new friends like rappers Lamb Kebab and baby punk. Their lyrics complete the four different tracks. Acid, ballroom and elements of grime are merged with sounds of thunder and Molotov cocktails to form new narratives. CAKE celebrates our daily uprising – it is a radical and emotional manifesto and furious liberation.

CAKE was released December 4, 2020

on acting in concert

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PW-Magazine writes: A trip into nature turns into an ecstatic feverish dream: Doll Face, formerly known as Dorothy Parker, shares individual moments of pure catharsis with her lead single.

»The idea for ›Bel Air‹ emerged from a performance that dancer Luke Fierce, choreographer Francisco Baños Diaz, vocalist Cousin and I showed together in spring 2020 at the Balance Club / Culture Festival. ›Bel Air‹ has thus become an independent story in its own right. The video peaks in a cathartic moment, which the protagonists experience in different ways,« says the former resident DJ for the Cry Baby series (Institut für Zukunft, Leipzig), who also collaborated with the art collective SEXES.

Doll Face began producing music after moving to Berlin in 2018. Her debut EP CAKE celebrates the daily uprising – it is a radical and emotional manifesto and furious liberation. It will be released on December 4 by the newly founded label acting in concert.

Video credits: Anja Kaiser, Cousin, Doll Face, Felix Schütze, Francisco Baños Diaz, Kat Merten, Lila Steinkampf, Luke Fierce

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Peeling Fruit In Front Of Strangers is a joint production by Francisco Baños Diaz (choreographer and dancer), Luke Fierce (dancer), Kat Merten aka Doll Face (musician), Rachel de la Torre aka Lamb Kebab (vocalist) and Lotte Meret Effinger (visual artist) for Balance Club / Culture Festival 2020.

The performance took place on 20 May 2020 and combines elements of contemporary dance, rap and avant-garde club music to create an exclusive emulsion.

Video Credits:

documentation filmed and edited by Felix Schütze

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Balance Festival 2019, Opening. SEXES & Friends

Boot-up of the hybrid installation CONVOLUTION by artist collective SEXES + performance specially developed for the new production.

Installation: SEXES

Choreography: Francisco Baños Diaz

Performers: Natasa Dudar, Luke Francis, Yan Leiva, Lou Thabart

DJ : Doll Face

photos: Lucie Marsmann

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This audio piece was part of the installation "The Clitorian Reading Room" by Thea Reifler and Kat Merten for the Droste Festival 2019 at Burg Hülshoff — Center for Literature in Münster. The installation was shown in the attic of the old summer house of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, infamous19th-century German writer and composer. Annette von Droste-Hülshoff is well known for her poetry but only a few people know about her early studies of the clitoris. "The Clitorian Reading Room" is dedicated to this important part of her work as an artist and scientist. "The Clitorian Reading Room" collects letters, drawings and relicts that are related to Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's research about the clitoris. In a second room we find a contemporary approach of her Clitorian Reading techniques performed by Ethan Folk and Paula Hans that were recorded and edited as an audio piece. Fetish gear artist BOUND by Ceca designed two contemporary versions of Droste-Hülshoff's Clitorian Reading Chair that you can see in the picture above.

Read more about Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and the Clitorian Age in the exhibition text below.


The clitoris is the only organ in the human body that has continuously evolved over five million years with the singular purpose of developing greater feeling. It serves no other bodily function than to feel. Anatomically speaking, the penis and clitoris are made of the same erectile tissue. In the Clitorian Age, the clitoris is considered to be the sensory center of every human being, and this center can be more hidden or exposed depending on the individual body. The Clitorian Age sees beyond a binary conception of genitals, embracing an anatomical spectrum that is non-synonymous with gender.

References to the role of the clitoris in sensations of pleasure by anticendancts of the Clitorian Age can be found as early as the 16th century. However, these textual accounts were not culturally well-received and largely lost or forgotten. The hidden extent of the clitoris inside of the body was only fully described and the information proliferated in 1844 by the German anatomist Geog Ludwig Kobelt. Although this anotomical clitorial information became public during Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's lifetime, in prior years to its publication she had already conversed with her intellectual companions and lovers about a presumed poetic-sensitive "mesh." Those secret correspondences were only recently discovered.

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff used the clitoris as a figure of thought and understood it to be central to the expression of “nature-bound” sensuality. Based on this concept, she developed body-related methods for writing and reading poetic texts, thereby coining the term "cliterature". In her legendary "Clitorian Reading Room," she used to sit on a chair with an opening in the seat to write, edit, and recite her poetry. Whether or not one of her companions “assisted” from below, can only be speculated today.

After a brief lull in the twentieth century - including unfortunate setbacks such as the sudden loss of the clitoris’ entry in the 1938 medical standard work "Grays Anatomy” - the rise of the clitoris resumed in the 21st century. In 1998, the urologist Dr. Helen O'Connell was the first to use magnetic resonance imaging to scan the nerves of this sensitive organ. The first 3D sonography of the excited clitoris was published in 2009 by Dr. Odile Buisson and Dr. Pierre Foldès. Since the unexpected historic breakthrough of 2020, the triumphant advance of the Clitorian Age can no longer be stopped. The hidden, widely branched and highly sensitive structure of the clitoris has become the eponymous metaphor for an age in which complexity, diversity, inconsistency, opacity, intuition and feeling, are of highest value.

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This is the teaser for „How to Stay Single Forever“. „How to Stay Single Forever“ is a playlist of popular love songs curated by Katharina Merten for the exhibition "Die Politik der Freundschaft" at KV Kunstverein Leipzig in 2017. In between the love songs we hear excerpts from an interview of porn director Jennifer Lyon Bell with Dutch philosopher Simone Van Saarlos about non monogamous relationships (printed in GIRLS LIKE US, issue #8, 2016).

I want your everything
As long as it's free
I want your love
Love-love-loveI want your love

(lyrics of „Bad Romance“ by Lady Gaga)

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Oh, Simone, you’re from this consumerist generation where you think you need to consume something, to consume a person and throw it away.

(excpert from the interview with Simone Van Saarlos)

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A journey underneath the surface of pop featuring speeches taken from interviews, documentaries and p0rn.
Short summary of an audiovisual performance by Anja Kaiser (V) and Katharina Merten (A) | 50 minutes | Germany © 2016

sources used in this short version:

Paris Is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston, 1991
Virtua Girl HD
Slow Motion Falling Money HD
Hatsune Miku Dancing in Augmented Reality
Everyday Make-Up Joseph Harwood
Park Bom makeup tutorial by Anastasiya Shpagina
DIAMOND CAMO! | Black Ops 3 Live

Money to burn | A Ma$turbati0n Solo Scene directed by Belladonna, 2010
Industry Sexxx Slave | l s d x o x o
Golden Girl (Kala rmx) | Venus X X Cara Delevingne - Women In The World Summit 2015
Wow | C.Z. X Paris Is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston, 1991
Kitty Kats and Big Faces | Traxxx Romay
Gucci in the skycell w diamonds | ??? (Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci X Nguzunguzu - Skycell mashup)
BBHMM | ??? (Rihanna) X Feminists Fall Out Over ‘violent, Misogynistic’ Rihanna Video

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K(y)nk Magazine writes: Upon the release of XVII's solo debut EP NODRUMS, k(y)nk presents an exclusive premiere of a video for "Like Almond" featuring the rapper Lamb Kebab. Get a taste of the almond milk below.

An interplay of joyous raves and sombre melodies, NODRUMS is divergent in its essence, shaping a style of its own. The German producer XVII reflects the soundscape of his mind; outspoken and provocative, yet drifting on the waves of slight gloominess.

The video for “Like Almond”, directed by German artist Kat Merten for a track made in collaboration with the Cuban-American rapper Lamb Kebab; is explicit in its exploration of sexuality and taboos. Enter the world where you tune into the daily “Bitch News” and brace yourself for the breaking reports.

NODRUMS is released on 7.7. 2017 with a special release party at the Institut fuer Zukunft in Leipzig with XVII, lmaabs and Lamb Kebab. Come dance with us!

More info: LEVEL • レベル Release Party XVII EP w/ Imaabs

Video credits:
Video: Kat Merten
Track: Like Almond – Lamb Kebab (prod. XVII)

Text: Gabriela Holesova

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NUDES is a collaboration between choreographer and dancer Francisco Baños Diaz, dancer Luke Fierce and musician Kat Merten. The performance took place at Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig on the 26th of October 2019.

Video Credits
Video Documentation
: Felix Schütze
tle Grfx: Anja Kaiser

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This is a glimpse of the four hour VJ Set by Anja Kaiser and Kat Merten for the electronic music festival Nachtdigital 2017.