No Room to Answer – Projections by Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler at the Württembergische Kunstverein Stuttgart





Württembergische Kunstverein Stuttgart

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
No Room to Answer – Projections
Exhibtion : February 28 > May 10, 2009




From February 28 to May 10, 2009 the Württembergischer Kunstverein is showing the exhibition No Room to Answer – Projections by the Swiss/U.S. artist duo based in Austin, Texas, Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. With seven video installations, the exhibition presents central aspects of Hubbard and Birchler’s work, which expands the narrative forms of theater and cinema in an unparalleled way


Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

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Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Grand Paris Texas, 2008
Produktionsfoto / Production Shot
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Photo: Elke Walford



In their elaborately produced video works—both filmically and architecturally—Hubbard and Birchler bring into play the shifts between the conscious and the subconscious, presence and absence, inwardness and outwardness. They fathom conflicts involving desire and repression, gender positions, remembering and forgetting. The house, or the dwelling, as an unstable space between home and haunting, frequently comes to the fore in their work as well.

Through their open narratives, which interweave agency and its spaces in a complex manner, Hubbard and Birchler unhinge the spatiotemporal order. Involved scenes include both real locations and mise-en-scènes appropriated by the artists based on personal experiences, historical research, and literary or filmic sources.

The European premiere of the video installation Grand Paris Texas from 2008 is being hosted by the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart. The protagonist of the work is “The Grand,” a long-abandoned cinema in Paris, Texas—the same small town made famous by Wim Wenders through his 1984 film of the same name, without the actual town even having made an appearance. Grand Paris Texas interweaves various narratives and metanarratives: about an obsolete site of filmic illusions, about a small town and its entanglements with Wim Wenders’s film as well as with the French capital, and about the techniques and production methods of filmmaking itself. In Grand Paris Texas, Hubbard and Birchler for the first time take up formats of the documentary so as to equally approach both real and imaginary spaces and situations.

Teresa Hubbard, born 1965 in Dublin, Ireland, and Alexander Birchler, born 1962 in Baden, Switzerland, have been working together since 1990. Their works have been shown in numerous biennials, including the Venice Biennale [1999], the Busan Biennale [2008], or the Liverpool Biennial [2008] and in exhibition venues like the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Whitney Museum in New York, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and the Reina Sofía in Madrid.


Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

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Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Night Shift, 2005–2006,
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Photo: Elke Walford

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

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Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
House With Pool, 2004,
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Photo: Elke Walford

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

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Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Eight, 2001 ,
Videostill / Video still
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Photo: Elke Walford



In 2008, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth dedicated a comprehensive solo exhibition to the artist duo with No Room to Answer. Now with No Room to Answer – Projections, the Württembergischer Kunstverein is focusing on a wide selection of video installations by the artists. A further variation on the exhibition will be offered by the Aargauer Kunstmuseum in Aarau, Switzerland in the fall of 2009.


A catalogue accompanying the exhibition with essays by Sara Arrhenius, Iris Dressler, and Andrea Karnes has been published by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

Hubbard / Birchler. No Room To Answer
Exhibition catalogue (28.2. – 10.5.2009, WKV Stuttgart)
Ed: Pam Hatley for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.
With texts by: Marla Price, Sara Arrhenius, Iris Dressler, Andrea Karnes and a conversation with the artists by Andrea Karnes.
192 pages, German/English, 230 images
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2267-4
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Price: 29,80 Euro (Members 25 Euro)


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