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Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

Galerie Bob van Orsouw

At first, there is only a projection of darkness. Then, with dreamlike slowness, the camera pans across a doorway, giving us a glimpse into a room. Inside, we see a man busying himself with preparations for a move. He sweeps up, packs up a box, eats an apple. The room appears to be empty; he sleeps. Before we have finished looking, the camera reaches the other side of the door frame and a wall comes back into view, closing this short sequence of Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler’s video projection, Gregor’s Room II, 1999. For several moments, a dark emptiness takes possession of the image field until the camera reaches another doorway, revealing the same room from a different angle. Gradually the realization takes shape that we are circling a square space, past three doors and a window that allow us to see inside. By virtue of the great precision with which every detail appears to have

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