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Klara Hobza, Von Köln nach Bonn (From Cologne to Bonn), 2011, air tanks, rubber mat, wooden plinth, 63 x 35 3/8 x 23 5/8".

Klara Hobza

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Klara Hobza, Von Köln nach Bonn (From Cologne to Bonn), 2011, air tanks, rubber mat, wooden plinth, 63 x 35 3/8 x 23 5/8".

In daylight, Klara Hobza’s installation Prequel, 2011, didn’t look like much: just a rectangle of slats, four of which were placed horizontally and provided a base for forty-eight lightbulbs, which were connected to three heavy switches—a strange bricolage of elements visible through the window of this storefront gallery. Yet at night the work lit up the neighborhood and put a glow on the street: It is a machine for sending out Morse code. Hobza repeatedly visited the gallery at night, put on industrial-grade sunglasses so as not to be blinded by the light, and sent out messages into the darkness. What messages? That’s hard to say, since few of us these days have the skill of interpreting Morse code. We were informed, however, that she sent out, for instance, the name of a friend living down the street from whose window the gallery is visible.

While Hobza had already set up

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