Lutz Dammbeck

Lutz Dammbeck

Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Bauten, Sonstiges, Produzent
*17.10.1948 Leipzig


Lutz Dammbeck was born in Leipzig on October 17 1948. He trained to be a type setter, and from 1967 until 1972, he studied graphic design and book art in Leipzig. Following his mandatory service in the East German Army, he worked freelance as a painter and graphic designer. From 1976 on, he also wrote directed and produced animation and experimental films for East German film studio DEFA. In 1977, he began work on the "Herakles concept", a large-scale multimedia project combining installations, painting and film that he pursued until 2002.

Dammbeck applied for an exit visa from the GDR and eventually relocated to Hamburg in 1986. In 1990, he founded his own production company, through which he completed documentaries like "Zeit der Götter" (1993), "Dürers Erben" (1995) and "Das Meisterspiel" (1998). The latter film, which contemplates possible similarities between iconoclastic attacks on art and political terrorism, garnered the Silver Dove at the DOK Leipzig Festival.

In 1998, Dammbeck became a professor at the Dresden art academy, where he incepted a project class on new media in 2000.

2005 saw the release of his acclaimed and award-winning documentary "Das Netz – Unabomber, LSD und Internet", in which Dammbeck explores the rise of the internet in relation to art and everyday culture while contrasting these musings with the motives of paranoid terrorist Theodore Kaczynski who became known as the infamous Unabomber. The same year, Dammbeck received the Käthe-Kollwitz –Award of the Berlin Academy of the Arts.

In addition to his work as filmmaker and teacher, Dammbeck has been continuously creating visual art and installations. Since the 1970s, his body of work has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, including shows at the Brecht-Zentrum in Berlin (2000), at the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig (2006) and the Sprengel Museum in Hannover (2010).

In 2012, Dammbeck began production on his next feature-length film, which premiered three years later at the 2015 Munich Film Festival: "Overgames" is a documentary that investigates whether games may change the world and if people can be "re-programmed" by games. After winning the Goethe-Institute's documentary award at the DOK Leipzig Festival, the film was released in spring 2016.


2012-2015 Overgames
Director, Screenplay, Production design, Producer
2002-2004 Das Netz - Unabomber, LSD und Internet
Director, Screenplay, Producer
1998 Das Meisterspiel
Director, Screenplay, Set design, Producer
1995 Dürers Erben
Director, Screenplay
1993 Herzog Ernst
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Animation, Producer
1992/1993 Zeit der Götter. Der Bildhauer Arno Breker
1990 Herakles Höhle
Director, Screenplay, Set design
1988 Der Maler kam aus fremdem Land
Director, Screenplay
1985/1986 Die Flut
Director, Screenplay, Miscellaneous
1984-1987 1. Leipziger Herbstsalon
1982/1983 Die Entdeckung
Director, Screenplay, Miscellaneous
1982/1983 Das Luftschiff
Still photography
1981 Hommage à La Sarraz
Director, Producer
1980/1981 Einmart
Director, Screenplay, Miscellaneous
1979/1980 Der Schneider von Ulm
Director, Screenplay, Miscellaneous
1978/1979 Metamophosen I
Director, Producer
1978 Lebe!
Director, Screenplay, Production design
1975/1976 Der Mond
Director, Screenplay, Scenario, Animation
1975 No
Production design