The 1980s art collective Die Dödliche Doris in West Berlin was (and still is) known for their subversive ethos toward chaotic creativity, authentic and emotional lifestyles, and the pursuit of unity based around vision rather than gender, class, or nationality.
Die Dödlich Doris refuted the mainstream order of an at-the-time physically divided Germany, choosing instead to focus its energy into showcasing the outlandish creative freedom of its members, fusing genders and backgrounds, hosting DIY shows and art performances, and reveling in a collaborative lifestyle of promiscuity, humor, and Freudian slips. The artworks and attitude that came out of this collective are still felt and seen in today’s Berlin.
Around the corner from the original Die Tödliche Doris Haus in Schöneberg now resides the headquarters of the publishing house and fashion collective 032c. Taking inspiration from this movement, creative director Maria Koch, alongside DDD co-founder Wolfgang Müller, produced a collection of tees and sweatshirts that pay homage to this foundational and radical time in Berlin’s history.
The overarching themes may be taken from decades ago, but the concepts are still relevant: take for example the 1981 song ‘Stop der Information’ which speaks on our need for constant consumption, both then and now. There is a shirt emblazoned with the album cover of ‘Das Typischhe Ding’ from one of the core members, actress and musician Tabea Blumenschein. The album consists of 1-minute recordings of 31 different vibrators. She produced different drawings of each of the toys to accompany the musical project. Another favorite is a sweatshirt that serves as tour merch for a performance from 1984 entitled Naturkatastrophenkonzert (Natural Disaster Concert) in which the group performed a series of chaotic rituals in a barren landscape (courtesy of the Wall). Fire breathing, percussive animal bones, and overall destruction of a construction site were major players of this performance, invoking imminent social and global climate disasters. Below, footage of the concert:
This special Die Tödliche Doris x 032c collection will be released tomorrow, 15 October. Jump on it; these pieces will fly. They will be available on the 032c here.