Hubbard/Birchler began their collaboration in the mid-1990s, making sculpture, installation, photography, and performance-based work. They make short films and photographs about the construction of narrative time and space without the context of a traditional story line. These open-ended works elicit multiple readings.
In their first commission for television, Art21 invited Hubbard/Birchler to create original works of video art to conclude each of the four episodes in Season 3. Each beautiful and enigmatic short film uses the same setting‚Äîthe interior of a police car at night‚Äîand begins when one officer brings a cup of coffee for another. Using recurring and non-recurring characters, interrelated dialogue, and ambient sound, the suite of films evoke not only the Season 3 themes of Power, Memory, Structures and Play, but also sleep, dreams and longing. View each film on their Art:21 webpage here.
This lecture is free and open to public.
On a related note, Season 4 artist Mark Dion will be speaking as part of the same StudioVU lecture series on February 27.
Room 103 of Wilson Hall