The film is a portrait of the artists’ group SPUR, which belongs to the artistic avant-garde of Germany after 1945 and whose art, manifestos and political actions made a decisive contribution to the mood of social awakening in the 1960s. SPUR (German for “track”) was the name chosen in 1958 by a group of Munich artists: three painters, a sculptor and a “political agitator”. In a post-war Germany still haunted by Nazism, SPUR saw itself as an “insurgent reaction” against the conservative state. The film focuses not only on their artwork but on their political activities, particularly their time in the Situationist International movement around Guy Debord in Paris. The film takes a close look at their artistic synthesis and introduces the surprisingly unknown group to a wider international audience.
SABINE ZIMMER finished law school and worked for 15 years as a script supervisor on motion picture films before she swapped her career for documentary film making. After co-founding Crossendfilm in 2008, she is active as an independent writer and director of documentary films.