Danielle de Picciotto

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Danielle de Picciotto Artist, Musician, Author, Film Director
The multimedia artist Danielle de Picciotto

Danielle de Picciotto is an American-born artist, musician and filmmaker.[1] She was born in Tacoma, Washington, USA,.[2] She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. In 1989 she founded, along with her partner Dr. Motte, the first Berlin Love Parade.[3]


De Picciotto was the initiator of Berlin "Clubart Movement" in 1992.[4] She was vocalist for Space Cowboys and The Ocean Club (with Gudrun Gut).[5] She created the exhibition and event series "Kunst oder König / in", to promote Berlin artists, DJs, and musicians.[6] She was a member of the Berlin art movement Pop Surrealism.[7] She sang for Die Haut together with Anita Lane, Nick Cave and Kid Congo Powers.[8]

She married her longtime partner Alexander Hacke, bassist of Einstürzende Neubauten in 2008.

De Picciotto collaborates with the Goethe Institut internationally on presenting Berlin's cultural scene[9] and was commissioned by the German Foreign Ministry to direct a short film on European Club Culture in 2008. In 2012, she became a member of the band Crime & the City Solution.

She was featured as an important artist in the documentary In Berlin by Michael Ballhaus and Ciro Cappellari. [10]

In 2016, she was invited to do a course on interdisciplinary performance at the HfG at ZKM Center for Media Art in Karlsruhe. Panels and talks have also been also offered at NYU, Berlin and the Folkwang University, Bochum.[11]

Discography and Other Released Media[edit]

Released Records and Singles[edit]

Space Cowboys[edit]

  • 1991 Locked And Loaded (LP)
  • 1993 Terrorist (Single)

Ocean Club[edit]

  • 1996 Pearl (LP)
  • 1996 Obsession (LP)

Collaborations with Alexander Hacke[edit]

  • 2016 Perseverantia (CD/LP)
  • 2017 Unity (CD/LP)
  • 2018 Menetekel (CD/LP)
  • 2018 Joy (CD/LP)

Solo Albums[edit]

  • 2019: Deliverance (LP)
  • 2020: The Element of Love (LP)
  • 2021: The Silver Threshold

Released Songs[edit]

  • 1995 Waiting Divamania; Digivalley
  • 1992 Cheerio Malarias
  • 1997 No Go Die Haut
  • 2005 Nackte Hunde Mermer Records
  • 2011 Hitman's Heel CD in cooperation with Alexander Hacke
  • 2013 American Twilight CD with Crime & the City Solution from Mute records[12]
  • 2014 The Ministry of Wolves Album release in collaboration with Mick Harvey, Alexander Hacke, Paul Wallfisch
  • 2015 Tacoma (CD/MC/MP3), Solo LP Monika Enterprise (Monika82 / LC 01806) [13]

Released Films and Music Videos[edit]

  • 2001 Directed a music video for Einstürzende Neubauten's Alexander Hacke on his world recording tour of Sanctuary
  • 2002 La Ballade De John Massis music video for Fred Alpi -- Paris
  • 2002 Rock On music video for Martin Dean -- Berlin
  • 2002 Kleiner Dicker Junge music video for Electrocute -- Los Angeles
  • 2004 Einstürzende Neubauten - on tour with neubauten.org film documentary
  • 2006 Throbbing Gristle; Berlin film documentary
  • 2007 Director, The Mountains of Madness, with The Tiger Lillies and Alexander Hacke.
  • 2008 The Ship Of Fools DVD/CD film documentary and CD together with Alexander Hacke
  • 2009 Sternentanz, director. An animated short on club culture commissioned by the German Foreign Ministry
  • 2009 In Berlin, Protagonist in the Berlin documentary by Michael Ballhaus and Ciro Cappellari
  • 2009 Do you love me as much as I love you, Protagonist in the Documentary on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
  • 2010 How Long Is Now, Film documentary DVD
  • 2012 The Glasshouse, Film documentary DVD[14]
  • 2015 Not Junk Yet- The Art of Lary, 7 Film Documentary

Released Books[edit]

  • 2015 We Are Gypsies Now released in the US by AMOK books
  • 2012 The Beauty of Transgression - A Berlin Memoir Publisher: Gestalten Verlag
  • 2013 We are Gypsies Now - Der Weg ins Ungewisse Graphic Diary Publisher: Metrolit Verlag Berlin[15]
  • 2020: Die Heitere Kunst der Rebellion, Graphic Novel, Published by Graf& Graf

Other Media[edit]

  • 2002 Initiated Bada Bing, a music event series, together with partner Alexander Hacke
  • 2011 Invited to do a five-month art residency at the Meetfactory in Prague
  • 2014 Republik der Wölfe Theater music composed and performed live at Theater Dortmund together with Mick Harvey, Alexander Hacke, Paul Wallfisch


  1. ^ Danielle de Picciotto: 'Detroit is the new Berlin' Deutsche Welle -- November 21, 2013
  2. ^ "About Danielle de Picciotto".
  3. ^ Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke on The Love Parade, Neubauten and Berlin by Tom Murphy. Denver Westword, August 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Danielle de Picciotto fait partie de ces légendes discrètes de l'underground Vice.com - January 29, 2016
  5. ^ In Transit: An Interview With Danielle de Picciotto The Quietus, May 20, 21015
  6. ^ Kunst oder Königin Gestalten News, August 2005.
  7. ^ Gallery Neurotitan Feedback, November 6, 2009
  8. ^ Danielle de Picciotto ExBerliner, October 19, 2011.
  9. ^ Meet the artists Goethe Institut
  10. ^ Ballhaus, Michael; Cappellari, Ciro (2009-05-14), In Berlin (Documentary), ARTE, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Cine Plus, retrieved 2022-11-26
  11. ^ "Guests & Events - Folkwang Popinstitut". Pop-Musik Guest Events. Retrieved 26 November 2022. {{cite web}}: Check |archive-url= value (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Reviews: American Twilight Mute.com, March 25, 2013
  13. ^ Danielle de Picciotto On Gentrification Westword, August 12, 2015
  14. ^ Interview with Danielle de Picciotto Westword, May 9, 2012
  15. ^ Graphic Diary: We Are Gypsies Now Vulture.com, September 29, 2015

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