Gregor's Room I, Hubbard / Birchler (Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler)
Hubbard / Birchler (Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler)
Gregor's Room I
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145.0 x 180.0 cm
Inventory Number
DZF 189a1
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About the Work

This man is not about to metamorphose into a monstrous beetle just because his name is Gregor. Unlike Franz Kafka's Gregor Samsa with his nightmarish carapace of guilt, referenced here by the film and photo novelists Hubbard / Birchler, the protagonist on the four double, large-format pictures seems to be the victim of a bugging operation. Instead of seeing himself as vermin, he seeks the bug outside of his own body. Presented by the artist duo as an isolated character based freely on Edward Hopper's paintings of big-city melancholiacs, the man resembles Harry Caul - the wire-tapping specialist in Francis Ford Coppola's film 'The Conversation' - who believes he is himself under surveillance. While 'Gregor's Room I' is indeed the setting for a Kafka-inspired story about a threat, the menace is a very contemporary one. Perplexed, Gregor, alias Harry, searches the walls and ceilings for traces of an intervention before he dismantles the room-cum-cell into its individual components. Hubbard / Birchler tell obsessive everyday stories against a backdrop of life-size stills and endless film loops. The eye-witness is free to interpret the stories as he chooses in dialogue with the actors on equal terms.

Work Data

Basic Information

Gregor's Room I (Original Title)
Gregor's Room I
Part Number / Total
1 / 8
Serial Number / Edition
3 / 5 + 2 AP
Period Produced
Object Type

Property and Acquisition

Picture Copyright
© Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions
Associated Source
  • Franz Kafka: Die Verwandlung
Associated Medium
  • Mark Frost und David Lynch: Twin Peaks, Fernsehserie, 1990-1991


  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 41A2 interior of the house

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