Kathrin Fricke at the gamescom 2012 in Cologne
October 13, 1984 |
|Medium||Internet, radio, television|
Kathrin Fricke (born 13 October 1984), better known by her pseudonym Coldmirror or her nickname Kaddi, is a German video and Internet performer. The pseudonym was inspired by the song "Creatures That Kissed in Cold Mirrors" by the band Cradle of Filth. She operates one of the most popular German YouTube channels, moderates radio and television programmes, and publishes blog and vlog entries.
Fricke was born and raised in Bremen and studied art history and philosophy at the University of Bremen. She finished her bachelor's degree in 2010 with a research paper about the production of video films and a film project about Internet and video game addiction.
According to her own statements, she suffered from strong depression for domestic reasons. In an interview on the YouTube channel "clixoom" she explained that, among other things, the Harry Potter series and the desire to know how it would continue gave her energy and safeguarded her from suicide. However, she stated that this was not necessarily due to the books' exciting plots, but rather simply "having something that you can look forward to."
Kathrin Fricke began early, together with a friend, to record radio dramas, which laid the foundation of her creativity. In 2000 she joined the team of "MixX", a youth television broadcast, as voluntary editor. At this time she compiled her first own websites, where she, for example, published self-drawn pictures with fantasy plots. Her fan fictions with the characters of the Harry Potter series occupied a significant part of her website and stirred attention on the Internet.
Video performance on YouTube
The YouTube channel "Coldmirror" went online on 2 October 2006. The first videos consisted of archive material from Fricke's time as editor for "MixX". After this, Fricke created the videos for the most part alone. Her YouTube channel portrays a continuation of her earlier works in video form.
Starting in fall 2006, Fricke re-dubbed three Harry Potter movies for comic effect: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Harry Potter und ein Stein (i.E. Harry Potter and a Stone), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Harry Potter und der geheime Pornokeller (i.E. Harry Potter and the Secret Porn Chamber) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Harry Potter und der Plastik Pokal (i.E. Harry Potter and the Plastic Cup). In her version, the protagonists make frequent use of taboo topics, foul language and references to Internet and pop culture. Fricke's YouTube account was temporarily deactivated because these re-dubs were considered copyright violations.
Radio and television broadcast
|Created by||Kathrin Fricke|
|Country of origin||Germany|
|Original release||7 October 2010 on Einsfestival|
Since 2010 Fricke has been active as a moderator in radio and television broadcasts. For the youth channel of Hessischer Rundfunk's You FM, she produces the broadcast Der YOU FM Game Check mit Coldmirror, in which she tests video games.
The broadcast is content-oriented to Fricke's Internet productions. It is available in individual segments such as video game parody or commercial parody, which can be seen in parts on the Internet and are only technically improved for television. Furthermore, the dubs are shown, that originate with ARD's own material. Politician performances are shown in the broadcast, which Fricke puts behind her own text. Fricke's own category of the TV format is the "Netmob Challenge", in which the viewers are given a task (example: eat a piece of bread in less than a minute or spin in a circle for 30 seconds and then approach the camera), of which they send the result in if the task is fulfilled, which is shown in a compilation.
The category of broadcast which is probably most successful is the so-called "Misheard Lyrics", a copy or continuation of the already available YouTube-Trends, by which, during songs, similar-sounding, although incorrect, lyrics are shown, and the whole is titled as "Misheard". One of the most popular original videos is "Nightwish - Wishmaster". A video from this category, in which the song "Git Hadi Git" from the Turkish singer Ismail YK is parodied as "Keks, alter Keks" (English: Cookie, old Cookie), was originally uploaded from a fan on YouTube and received nearly 350.000 views on the day of upload. Through this, the video went into the list of YouTube-Trends and was copied by more users and uploaded into their channels as the video gained more popularity in the YouTube community. It was also shown on the Bülent Ceylan Show on RTL Television on 19 February 2011 and evoked a strong media reaction with contributions and more in the online edition of the Tageszeitung. and on Sat.1. After the positive media response, Fricke was assigned to produce more Misheard Lyrics videos for the FIFA Women's World Cup, which, among other things, were shown in the Sportsschau.
Categories of Broadcast:
- Misheard Lyrics
- Game Check
- Synchro (since Season 1 Episode 02)
- Friends (since Season 1 Episode 07)
- Anime (since Season 2 Episode 01)
- What the FAQ?! (since Season 2 Episode 01)
- Kaddi's Cut (since Season 2 Episode 03)
On 20 February 2011 Fricke was awarded the Grey Young Talent Award (German: Grey-Nachwuchspreis) in the competition for the first German Web Video Award (German: Deutscher Webvideopreis). She also was nominated in the category "Personality", which was won by Holger Kreymeier. In the context of the event, Fricke was also a guest in an episode of Kreymeier's Fernsehkritik-TV.
On 16 August 2011, YOU FM was nominated with Kathrin Fricke for the German Radio Prize (German: Deutscher Radio Preis) 2011 in the category "Best Innovation".
In January 2012, the European Web Video Academy announced that Fricke will be a jury member of the 2nd Web Video Award (German: Webvideopreis).
- Eigendarstellung „what the FAQ?!“ (German), YouTube Upload 30 September 2009, accessed on 5 August 2011
- Clixoom-Interview (German), YouTube Upload 21 May 2010; Kurzbiografie from Einsfestival (German); Filmprojekt „Escape“ (German), YouTube Upload 19 March 2010; all accessed 5 August 2011
- Coldmirror im Interview mit Christoph Krachten von clixoom (German); accessed 22 August 2011
- Website der ehemaligen MixX-Redaktion (German)
- Gulli.com, 2008-11-27, Schinken: Warner lässt den Account von Deutschlands bekanntester Youtuberin Coldmirror löschen. In German. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- Coldmirror-Seite bei Einsfestival (German), accessed 6 August 2011
- "Strichmännchen zu falschen Songtexten – 'Ist der mit Ohrsand?'" taz.de (German) on 28 January 2011
- "Tweet von Coldmirror". Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- Clip aus dem Netz: Eine Bremer Bloggerin übersetzt türkischen Pop (German) from 31 January 2011 on hna.de
- Trailer der Misheard-Lyrics von YouFM (German), last sighted on 29 June 2011
- Coldmirror gewinnt GREY-Nachwuchspreis (German)
- Nominierte in der Kategorie Persönlichkeit (German)
- Fernsehkritiktv Folge 63 (German)
- YOU FM ist nominiert für Deutschen Radiopreis 2011 (German); accessed 21 August 2011
- Preisgekrönte Jury beim Deutschen Webvideopreis 2012 (German)