Episode 46 - Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

**This episode contains brief mentions of suicide and suicide attempts, as well as some humorous profanity**


In this edition of the Dead Ladies Show Podcast, DLS co-founder Florian Duijsens introduces us to the eccentric Dada artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.  An eternally eclectic, German-born New Yorker, the Baroness was known for living life as a work of art, wearing a collage of found items, from tin cans to postage stamps to live birds, seducing almost everyone she met, and creating mind-blowing poetry and sculptures, and never making money for her art, leading to her poverty. These days, she deserves some reclaimed recognition for creating the found art genre known as Readymades, including a particular infamous sculpture credited to French artist Marcel Duchamp (or Marcel Dushit, as the Baroness called him).

DLS other co-founder Katy Derbyshire joins producer/host Susan Stone to introduce the show, which was recorded in front of a live audience of enthusiastic college students as part of the Bard College Berlin event Pankumenta back in 2019. 

Find our more about Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and see her art and self-fashioned fashions on our show notes page here: https://deadladiesshow.com/2021/10/16/podcast-47-elsa-von-freytag-loringhoven/

Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.

Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month. 


The Dead Ladies Show is a series of entertaining and inspiring talks about women who achieved amazing things against all odds, presented live in Berlin and beyond. This podcast is based on that series. Because women's history is everyone's history.

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