Filmstills 2002

2 C-Print Photographs, each 124.5 x 249 cm (49 x 98 in)

The movie, its history, media characteristics and experimental possibilities form the core of Teresa Hubbard's and Alexander Birchler's artistic work. It is mainly the illusionistic moment, the ambivalent relationship of reality and fiction, which inspired several of their works. With Filmstills, they turn to the actual place at which reality and fiction merge – the reality of the place and its visitors and the fiction of the movie. The digital processing of the photographs as well as their sizes make the viewers perceive the cinemas as film-stills or clips from a movie… The artists' subject is not the movie-theater as an architecture, but rather the auratic impact of the movie which transforms a place.

From, 'Filmstills' by Dr. Inka Graeve Ingelmann, Curator of Photography and New Media at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich