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
Physical Description
C-Print
Inventory Number
DZF 189b2
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
On display

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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

Title
Gregor's Room I (Original Title)
Photographer (male)
Set
Gregor's Room I
Part Number / Total
4 / 8
Serial Number / Edition
3 / 5 + 2 AP
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
C-Print
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum

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Motifs and References

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

Iconclass

Primary
  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 41A2 interior of the house
Secondary
  • 41A721 chair
  • 41A761 bed
  • 41A3221 closed door
  • 46D3 newspaper, news-sheet
  • 41A393 electric installation, fittings, e.g. socket, plug, light switch, cable, wire
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01.07.2019