EXBlicks goes East again this month with a documentary on the ‘most famous unknown band’ in the GDR. With directors Jacobin Motz and Claus Löser.
1980s East Berlin: Robert and Ronald Lippok, operating under the name Ornament & Verbrechen (Ornament & Crime, based loosely on 20th century architectural theorist Adolf Loos), are part of a subculture within the late socialist GDR that manifests itself in churches, backroom bars and living rooms. The restricted space dissolves any barriers between musicians and listeners. This closeness to fans remains a guiding principle long after the fall of the Wall, even if the performing spaces grow bigger and side projects (the pioneering, internationally renowned postrock bands To Rococo Rot and Tarwater) become momentarily more important.
Directors Jakobine Motz’ and Claus Löser’s intimate portrait of the Lippok Brothers gives them the space to reminisce and explore their creative processes and relationships.