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I’ll be you if you’ll be me - The Swimmer
Åsa Elzén & Markus Wetzel

I’ll be you if you’ll be me is a project consisting of five short films made on a deserted island in the Baltic Sea. In these films Åsa Elzén and Markus Wetzel continuously change roles between director and actor and through this method develop narratives about a fictitious androgynous character. One of them directs the first scene (where the other acts accordingly) then they change roles and the other directs, deciding how the film will continue. In The Swimmer the character created through this method goes for a swim and somewhere along the way goes through a slight transformation.

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:03:40
Language English
Color Color
Year 2007
Latest screening Feb 24, 2008
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About the artists

Åsa Elzén

Åsa Elzén

Born in 1972 in Visby, Sweden. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Åsa Elzén has studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, BA 1996, and at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm, MA 2002. She has been an artist-in-residence at Changdong Art Studios, Seoul, Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts, Jerusalem, IASPIS, Stockholm and Sanskriti Kendra, New Dehli, among others. She works with video, sculpture, photography and installation and has shown work at Exit Art, New York, Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, ak28, Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Rooseum, Malmö, and Gwangju Biennale 2004.

She is interested in subjects such as feminism, globalism, tourism, notions of beauty and love.

Markus Wetzel

Markus Wetzel

Markus Wetzel. Born 1963 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Lives and works in New York.