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Automatism [from Greek: automaton >self-acting<], moving or functioning without conscious control. Somewhere in Berlin-Mitte, between the fashionable bars and clothes shops and Alexanderplatz, on the corner of a still unrenovated house, in beautiful curved lettering, almost washed away by time after at least 20 years, stand the words "Eis- und Imbisseck" (Ice Creams and Snacks).
Beneath this inscription, a large mirrored window in which passersby glimpse themselves briefly. And beneath the window, a bench. Not particularly striking, a place that goes unnoticed by many of those hurrying past at this central location. Unnoticed in spite of the conspicuous glass and metal entrance that reflects the sunlight, contrasting with the historicism of the facade.