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From Raddusch to Berlin

Glass, water, algae etc.

The water in this tank has had a long journey. The residents of Raddusch poured it into an aquarium to send it as a message to Berlin. With the help of a traditional Spreewald barge, it was taken on a two-day journey from the natural harbour of Raddusch to Berlin — retracing part of the Spree river — from its source in Saxony to its mouth in the Havel. But the journey and placement of the water raises the question of what it means to transport a section of a land and waterscape to another place. What does this water become? A symbol? A representation? A part of something bigger? Or something new that has only come into being as a result of the journey?

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Conceptualised by Maximilian Grünewald in cooperation with the artists and scientists of River Stories. Designed by SurrealLabor.

Maximilian Grünewald

Maximilian is an actor and freelance dramaturg and received his training at the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Academy of Music and Theater in Leipzig. This was followed by engagements at the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe and Hanover. In his work he is concerned with human/non-human relations as well as the dramatization of scientific discourses. In 2020, he co-founded the collective ANTHROPOS EX. The collective seeks ways to give a stage to non-human actors, experimenting with methods from theater, film, the visual arts, and the natural sciences. This has led to collaborations with students from the ETH (ZH), the ZHdK (ZH) and the HFG Karlsruhe, among others. In close collaboration with scientists, artists and residents of the Spreewald village Raddusch, Maximilian Grünewald developed the artistic concept of "River Stories".


The collective SurrealLabor – consisting of Andreas Hölldorfer, Julia Ihls and Marius Probst – researches and works at the intersection of art, bio-design and digital media. With the question of what visions a society of the future can produce, it simultaneously challenges the boundaries of the status quo through artistic-spatial interventions.

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