Pushing Boundaries Transgressing Borders

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Die Neonorangene Kuh,” Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, 2005.

The contemporary urban environment can feel oppressive and majestic, buildings towering high above the toiling masses below.  Who is controlling our spaces and to what purpose?  Slipping in between these questions of ownership and use are Berlin based artists Matthias Wermke and Mischa  Leinkauf, who explore their surrounding environment making short videos and taking photographs documenting their interventions.

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“Decisions,” Mishca Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke.

Playful and energetic the pieces show the possibilities of surrounding edifices, and constructions.  A tunnel for a train can easily be turned into playground, a bridge an ideal hanging anchor for a swing.  Changing perceptions of the architecture alters the accepted uses.

Physical danger is an implicit part of this situation. Transgressing against everyday limitations and pushing through the constraints of society requires bravery in their conceptions and physical performance. Vulnerability shows explicitly how serious these actions are.

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“Decisions,”  Mishca Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke.

For those in the Philadelphia Metro area, the artists will be presenting two free screenings of their films for public viewing.  The first is regrettably already passed.  However the second will be at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Sunday, March 2nd at 12PM.  Also available for purchase at the screenings will be copies of a new catalogue, Grenzgänger, published by Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft.

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