Lutz Dammbeck | Fun on the Titanic Keynote
Filmmaker and visual artist Lutz Dammbeck, a prominent figure in the 1980s East German underground art scene, will visit the Beinecke Library on Wednesday, March 25, to deliver the keynote lecture for Fun on the Titanic: Underground Art and the East German State, an exhibition on view at the library through April 11.
Dammbeck was a primary organizer of the First Leipzig Autumn Salon in 1984, in which a small team of painters, sculptors, and filmmakers from Leipzig employed courageous, partisan tactics to occupy a trade-fair building at the heart of Leipzig’s inner city, where they produced and curated their own group exhibition. The exhibition was uncensored and so avoided state control and supervision. This temporary re-conquest of public space by artistic means represented an unprecedented questioning of the state's authority.
Dammbeck has been a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden since 1998. His films include The Net (2003), Das Meisterspiel (1998) and Der Mond (1977).
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.