Annual theme “Excess“
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (WS 2019/20)


26 November 2019

(Im)Materials of Excess

Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck


Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block


Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block develop crossmedial narrative formats under the name of Laokoon. The legend of Laocoon – who was the first to recognize the peril emanating from the Trojan Horse – served them as inspiration. Their first film The Cleaners, which premiered in 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival, has since been shown all over the world at 70 international festivals, cinemas and on TV. It was nominated for an Emmy Award and the Deutscher Fernsehpreis and has been awarded numerous international prices, among them the Prix Europa for best European TV documentary in 2018 and the Grimme-Publikumspreis in 2019. The theatre, radio play and film director Hans Block who is also a musician studied percussion at the Universität der Künste Berlin and theatre direction at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin. He has developed own productions (among others at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Münchner Volkstheater et al.) which earned him invitations to the festival „Radikal Jung“ (Radically Young) and to the directing studio at Schauspiel Frankfurt. His radio play Don Don Don Quijote – Attackéee was awarded the Prix Marulić at the International Radio Play Festival. The author, theatre and film director Moritz Riesewieck came to study theatre direction at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin following a period as assistant director at the Schaubühne Berlin, Thalia Theater Hamburg and Volksbühne Berlin as well as several semesters of studying economics. Among other places, his theatre productions were shown at Schauspiel Dortmund, at the International Forum of the Berliner Theatertreffen, in Mexico City. Due to his diploma work Voiceck for which he also received the Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship of the Federal State of Berlin, he was invited to participate at the Heidelberger Stückemarkt in 2015. In 2017, his book “Digitale Drecksarbeit – Wie uns Facebook & Co. von dem Bösen erlösen” (Digital Dirty Work – How Facebook & Co delivered us from evil) was published by dtv.