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Kat Merten aka Doll Face is an interdisciplinary artist and musician based in Berlin. Coming from a background of conceptual art they frequently collaborate with artists from various fields on genre-bending performances and projects. Their collaborations and commissioned work can be seen and heard at clubs and festivals as well as art, theatre and literature houses throughout Germany and abroad.

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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 in 2015.


Following their studies, they worked at Schauspiel Leipzig for three years, producing video and live camera works for numerous theater productions. During this time 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. Three performances resulted from their collaboration with choreographer Francisco Baños Diaz and dancer Elle Fierce. Kat Merten produced the music for all three pieces, which were presented at Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig and Balance Club/ Culture Festival 2020 and 2021.


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.


In 2021 Kat Merten received scholarships from Musikfonds and HAU Hebbel am Ufer to do a wide-ranging project about love songs. In collaboration with different artists from various fields they presented a video essay at the Spy on Me #3 festival 2021 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and a scenic concert at the acting in concert festival 2021. They currently spend their time at a residency in Marseille funded by Musicboard Berlin in collaboration with Aide Aux Musiques Innovatrices to work further on their project.

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Heike Geißler: video portrait

commission: videography/ producer

for Bachmannpreis 2021

ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

Release: June 2021


Spit Drink
by Jenna Sutela
commission: videography
E-Werk Luckenwalde
Release: 7. May 2021


Ein Sommernachtstraum

directed by Jakob Weiss

commission: musical direction

Nationaltheater Mannheim

Premiere: 23. Apr 2021


Truth is a Matter of the Imagination

Pogo Bar Podcast by Thea Reifler und Philipp Bergmann

commission: sound editor

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Release: 21. Mar 2021


Men In Trouble

talkshow series directed by Jovana Reisinger

commission: camera operator

Kunsthalle Osnabrück

Premiere: 13. Jan 2021


Katzelmacher

directed by Jakob Weiss

commission: video direction

Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

Premiere: 16. Oct 2020


Das Wundertheater — ein Triptychon

composed by Hans Werner Henze

commission: video direction

directed by Thea Reifler & Philipp Bergmann

Bayerische Staatsoper München

Premiere: 22. Jun 2020 canceled due to Covid-19


Fünf

reading by Yade Yasemin Önder

commission: videography

Prosanova Literature Festival 2020


Die Worte gehören uns

video portrait of Yade Yasemin Önder

commission: videography

Heidelberger Stückemarkt 2020


Fluss, stromaufwärts

directed by Gordon Kämmerer

commission: video direction

Schauspiel Leipzig

Premiere: 24. Nov 2019


Nacht ohne Sterne

directed by Gordon Kämmerer

commission: video direction

Schauspiel Leipzig

Premiere: 20. Apr 2019

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㋛ show list of collaborations

Love Songs for a New Future

collaboration with Paca Faraus, Peter Hermans, Peter Scherrebeck Hansen

acting in concert festival, Witten

Premiere: 20. Aug 2021


Sketches for a New Love Song

collaboration with Lotte Meret

HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin

Video Premiere: 22. Mar 2021


Cake

featuring baby punk, Cousin, Elle Fierce, Lamb Kebab

acting in concert

EP Release: 04. Dec 2020


Bel Air

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

PW-Magazine

Video Premiere: 27. Nov 2020


Album for Endo-Financial™ tuning

collaboration with Paca Faraus, Peter Scherrebeck Hansen

SNDO - School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam

Video Premiere: 21. Nov 2020


Clitorian Reading Chairs

collaboration with Thea Reifler

This House Is Not A Home

Lothringer 13, München

Workshop: 01. Aug 2020


Peeling Fruit In Front Of Strangers

collaboration with Elle Fierce, Francisco Baños Diaz, Lamb Kebab, Lotte Meret

Balance Club/ Culture Festival 2020, Leipzig

Performance: 20. May 2020


Nudes

collaboration with Elle Fierce, Francisco Baños Diaz

Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

Performance: 29. Oct 2019


The Clitorian Reading Room

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

Droste Festival 2019

Burg Hülshoff — Center for Literature, Münster

Exhibition: 03 — 07. Jul 2019


Convolution

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

Balance – Club / Culture Festival 2019

Festival Opening: 29. May 2019

Love Songs for a New Future

scenic concert, 45 minutes

in collaboration with Peter Scherrebeck Hansen, Paca Faraus, Peter Hermans

acting in concert festival, 2021


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"(...) the end of the romantic love that was fed to many of us is not the end of love, but the beginning of it." (Silvia Federici in an email to Şeyda Kurt, printed in "Radical Tenderness", 2021)

How do the love songs of the future sound? What’s the sound of a love song that has left the beaten paths of our heteronormative view on romantic love? How does a love song sound that wasn't written from a single person's point of view but by a collective body?


These are the questions that Kat Merten aka Doll Face examines in "Love Songs for a New Future". Together with a team of interdisciplinary artists, they trained an artificial intelligence with hundreds of love songs and texts about love. Based on this polyphony, the machine learning algorithm generated texts about love that Kat Merten and Peter Scherrebeck Hansen bring on stage in this scenic concert.


concept: Kat Merten aka Doll Face

creative realisation: Doll Face & Peter Scherrebeck Hansen

research & collaborative writing: Paca Faraus

programming & collaborative writing: Peter Hermans


photos: Roxana Rios

Sketches For A New Love Song

video, 15 minutes

in collaboration with Lotte Meret

part of Spy on Me #3 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, 2021

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How can we picture revolutionary new love songs that change our way of thinking about love? Can love songs be the key to a “New Community”? These questions are addressed by artist and musician Kat Merten aka Doll Face and artist Lotte Meret.

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.

Bel Air
music video, 4 minutes
in collaboration
with Anja Kaiser, Elle Fierce, Felix Schütze, Francisco Baños Diaz, Lila Steinkampf, Rachel de la Torre

premiered on PW-Magazine, 2020

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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.

(PW-Magazine)

Peeling Fruit In Front Of Strangers

performance, 30 minutes
in collaboration
with Elle Fierce, Francisco Baños Diaz, Lamb Kebab, Lotte Meret
Balance – Club / Culture Festival, 2020

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Peeling Fruit In Front Of Strangers is a joint production by Francisco Baños Diaz (choreographer and dancer), Elle 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 combines elements of contemporary dance, rap and avant-garde club music to create an exclusive emulsion.

video documentation: Felix Schütze

NUDES
performance, 20 minutes
in collaboration with Elle Fierce,
Francisco Baños Diaz
premiered at
Edit Campus Programm, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, 2020

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video documentation: Felix Schütze

Convolution

installation/ performance, 20 minutes

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

Balance – Club / Culture Festival, 2019


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Boot-up of the hybrid installation CONVOLUTION by artist collective SEXES + performance specially developed for the new production for Balance – Club / Culture Festival 2019.


photos: Lucie Marsmann

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㋛ show list of releases

Cordeiro Azul (Doll Face Remix)
remix compilation

released by Andras_2020

September 2021


Cake
EP, 15 minutes
released on acting in concert

December 2020


fragile solidarities

compilation including the track Bel Air by Doll Face feat. Cousin

released on acting in concert

August 2020


Tender Squads

festival sampler including the track Burn by Doll Face & Lamb Kebab

released on Balance Club/Culture

May 2020

Doll Face's Debut EP CAKE celebrates our daily uprising – it is a radical and emotional manifesto and furious liberation.


feat. baby punk, Cousin, Elle Fierce, Lamb Kebab

released on acting in concert, 2020

cover art by Anja Kaiser

fragile solidarities sampler including Bel Air by Doll Face feat. Cousin
released on
acting in concert, 2020

cover art by Lea Hopp

Balance Club/ Culture Festival sampler Tender Squads
including Burn by Doll Face & Lamb Kebab
released on
Balance Club/ Culture, 2020

cover art by Anja Kaiser