After the first round of German video clips, compiled by Christoph Jacke (see here), we're heading to Volume 2. This time Holger Schulze, professor of musicology and head of the Sound Studies Lab at the University of Copenhagen, is focussing on really heavy videos from trash to rave with a great deal of irony and parody – a real counterpoint to the first round. See five video clips from other countries in our ongoing videclip series here.
Artist: Deichkind feat. das Bo
Track: Ich hab eine Fahne
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A subtle and rather timid audiovisual analysis of the social and corporeal excess we like to call The FIFA World Cup – in all its historical and contemporary ramifications. A masterpiece by the ex-hip hop crew turned rave-collective Deichkind.
Artist: Friedrich Liechtenstein
Track: Belgique, Belgique
A journey on a train – into a highly idiosyncratic (or more: collective?) utopia of love – from Berlin to Belgium. We travel in time. And we can sense the freezing elegance of a time in which Europe would have been also a Love Utopia. A EUlovia. (See «5 Video Clips from Europe»)
Artist: Ikke Hüftgold
Track: Hackevoll durch die Nacht
A hymn to getting wasted in Normcore-style: referring to one of the best sold German records recently («Atemlos durch die Nacht» by the one and only Schlager-queen these days Helene Fischer). A joyful ripoff. A mean and ugly carnival against naïve and infantile hopes for a music. Now: puke in vertigo!
Track: Ein Affe und ein Pferd
The Berlin hip hop crew K.I.Z. (often inconclusively – but always weirdly and offensively – translated as «Cannibals in Plainclothes» («Kannibalen in Zivil», as «Artists in Straitjackets» («Künstler in Zwangsjacken») or as «Crusaders in Central Asia» («Kreuzritter in Zentralasien») sings its mean and ugly version of the theme song of the German dubbed Pippi Langstrumpf-Movies from 1969/70. A song they upcycle into a self-affirmative and proud hymn for all who never learned anything at school. Also this time they ridiculously pose as the burougeois’ most intensely feared creatures in favour of violence, brutal sex, abuse and perverted transgressions. Now: Please do try this at home!
Track: Ich liebe dich egal ob du 16 bist
Hamburg’s ugly-arty techno performance collective HGich.T with their as usual highly obsessive and bluntly sexual reading of Nabokov’s Lolita in combination with breaking heteronormativity. The leading actor (impersonating the poetic persona of its lyrics) is Dietrich Kuhlbrodt: a famous German actor, author and former prosecuting attorney who collaborated for years with artiste terrible Christoph Schlingensief.