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Talents 13 . Sebastian Stumpf / Stefanie Hoch

What is that person doing climbing urban street trees? Why is he pretending to walk standing on his head in the middle of a street, and why is he dive-rolling under automatic garage doors just as they are about to close? With these kinds of staged situations, entirely disconnected from everyday life, Sebastian Stumpf counteracts the commonness of everyday actions, conditioned spatial experience, and established visual conventions—and by neglecting to provide any answers, he unsettles the viewer’s gaze.