A person takes a walk along the Eastern bank of the Spree river in the early morning, not far from the Reichstag; he is naked. He ascends into the river, swims over to the West bank, and descends there.
Until 1989, the inner-German border ran along this exact spot.
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The Berlin-based artist duo Wermke/Leinkauf (Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf) explores the boundaries of the public sphere to question common standards and constraints and the boundaries between public and private. They work on actions, performances, and installations dealing with the hidden possibilities of a city. Their main interest lies in the appropriation and conquest of architecture and, more generally, urban space, especially the open spaces and gaps in the system, which in their eyes are crucial for our contemporary society. Using artistic strategies, they create temporary irritations that allow new perspectives on everyday situations and try to “open” the city by using not only their bodies but the material and the tools of urban spaces to create a context-specific commentary.