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Cabaret Voltaire

double vision 1982

Label: Mute

Format: DVD

Genre: Experimental

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Awesome early documentation, this DVD release is purposely true to the quality and sound reproduction of the original release (1982). "Double Vision Presents Cabaret Voltaire" was one of the first independent long form videos ever made and features fourteen visual representations of Cabaret Voltaire tracks including 'Nag Nag Nag', 'Obsession' and 'Diskono'.
The communications company Double Vision was founded by Cabaret Voltaire and Paul Smith in 1982, initially as a vehicle for this particular release but also with a view to releasing affordable music based video for a fraction of the price. Seminal is a term almost exhausted by overuse. Cabaret Voltaire was a seminal group. The Cabaret Voltaire inaugurated Dadaism in the back room of a Zurich tavern 1916, the owner agreeing to its use in order to increase the sale of beer, sausages and sandwiches. The entertainment included music, dance, manifestos, theory, poems, pictures, masks and costumes by the likes of Hugo Ball and Hans Arp. Dadaism’s anti-art stance sought to mirror the confusion wrought by the First World War’s senseless slaughter.

More than five decades later, Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk and Chris Watson formed Cabaret Voltaire in Sheffield. They were horrified and mesmerised by the power of the ever-expanding media, fascinated by the control it exercised and in response they developed strategies aimed at loosening its grip. Their audiovisual output should be seen as a meditative protest that connects directly to the cutup techniques first explored by the Dadaist Tristan Tzara and later developed by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Cabaret Voltaire simultaneously enacted and interrogated the corruptive power of the media.
Cat. number: cabs18dvd
Year: 2007

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