‘Reversed Dunk’ explores the intricate complexities of urban dynamics, historical perceptions and monumental manifestations of capitalism as well as perspectives on cultural appropriation.
Reversed Dunk is a public space intervention in the form of a large scale, site specific installation. An impossible basketball court has been installed at Warschauer Brücke. The realization is a commentary on the structural limitations for genuine urban culture within the neoliberal logic of spatial aggregation and separation. Designed in accordance with the physical and symbolic character of the surrounding area, Reversed Dunk reflects on the historical transformation of the former borderline zone—between traditionally working class neighbourhoods of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain—into a district of commerce, tourism and mass entertainment. Decapitated exponential growth: Echoing a fragment of a piece of the Berlin Wall KIM/ILLI’s installation points to the history of gentrification and arrival of global capital to Berlin since 1989. The processes which result in new separations and divisions within the city and expropriation of quotidian urban street cultures. Beyond critical and discursive commentary Reversed Dunk is an attempt to restore public space and create a public vessel for testimonies of gentrification—a site for public expression and articulation of social sentiment.
1st Prize int. EDGE East Side Competition
Amazon Tower, Warschauer Brücke