Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler

Aargauer Kunsthaus

A young woman arrives at a house in the middle of the night completely out of breath. She appears to be running from something. In front of her stands a large stone house, modernist in design, with a long wall of windows. All the lights are on. Inside, another woman is sitting at the piano, still dressed in an evening gown, her shoes kicked off. As she plays a sad piece, the camera pans across the remains of a festive evening—wineglasses, hors d’oeuvres—until the camera comes to rest on a photograph of a little girl. While this woman immerses herself in sad memories inside the house, the other one is lurking about its periphery. Something connects these two women—we just don’t know what it is. Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler’s House with Pool, 2004, is an ingeniously orchestrated work of narrative video. And it avoids something that is often problematic in Hubbard and Birchler’s

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