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Hendrikje Kühne
Beat Klein

We are driven by the urge to move, but we do not always know where we are going. - Kühne and Klein

Swiss artists Hendrikje Kühne and Beat Klein present us with a journey, a crossroads where the twist and turns that inform the course of our lives are represented by the familiarity of cars, traffic systems, and accidents both real and imagined.

The exhibition at Gasworks included the restaging of Autos (7561 cars - 7561 possible journeys), an intricate interconnecting system of cut-out cars initially exhibited at the Kunst Raum Riehen, Switzerland. Thousands of magazine images of cars were collected and meticulously arranged as a seemingly endless carpark. The repetition and uniformity of Autos (7561 cars - 7561 possible journeys) is suggestive of a non-place, a modern urban world devoid of human elements.

As with their work Property, developed as part of a residency at IMMA in 1998, Kühne and Klein have observed and responded to a topical local situation.

This exhibition coincided with the redevelopment of nearby Vauxhall Cross, London's busiest intersection. Re-presenting the generic non-place of the traffic junction Life is a Mystery Tour (Part ii) draws our attention to the car as registrar of the restraining routines and rituals involved in our human desire to move. The automobile becomes a portrait of transitory daily life with all its unpredictable turns and endless circles. Alongside this sculptural installation Kühne and Klein presented Driving at Night and Examples of Unpredicted Incidents. The phenomena of individual memory is explored in the interviews of people involved in sometimes banal accidents. In a parallel space projections of a road at night lit by car headlights briefly illuminates a small section of a hidden world, silently existing in the dark.

Kühne
and Klein participated in 'Out of Place : Memory, Imagination and the City' at the Lowry, Salford, 2000. Their work has also been included as part of the Ikon Gallery's touring programme, 1999. The book Property (Letters to the Editor) documented their residency at Irish Museum of Modern Art, 1998. They have exhibited extensively in Switzerland and throughout Europe, both individually and as a collaborative duo.

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EVENTS

TALK:
Saturday 10th March, 2pm
At Gasworks

Kühne and Klein give an informal talk about their work at Gasworks.

Hendrikje Kühne
Beat Klein

We are driven by the urge to move, but we do not always know where we are going. - Kühne and Klein

Swiss artists Hendrikje Kühne and Beat Klein present us with a journey, a crossroads where the twist and turns that inform the course of our lives are represented by the familiarity of cars, traffic systems, and accidents both real and imagined.

The exhibition at Gasworks included the restaging of Autos (7561 cars - 7561 possible journeys), an intricate interconnecting system of cut-out cars initially exhibited at the Kunst Raum Riehen, Switzerland. Thousands of magazine images of cars were collected and meticulously arranged as a seemingly endless carpark. The repetition and uniformity of Autos (7561 cars - 7561 possible journeys) is suggestive of a non-place, a modern urban world devoid of human elements.

As with their work Property, developed as part of a residency at IMMA in 1998, Kühne and Klein have observed and responded to a topical local situation.

This exhibition coincided with the redevelopment of nearby Vauxhall Cross, London's busiest intersection. Re-presenting the generic non-place of the traffic junction Life is a Mystery Tour (Part ii) draws our attention to the car as registrar of the restraining routines and rituals involved in our human desire to move. The automobile becomes a portrait of transitory daily life with all its unpredictable turns and endless circles. Alongside this sculptural installation Kühne and Klein presented Driving at Night and Examples of Unpredicted Incidents. The phenomena of individual memory is explored in the interviews of people involved in sometimes banal accidents. In a parallel space projections of a road at night lit by car headlights briefly illuminates a small section of a hidden world, silently existing in the dark.

Kühne
and Klein participated in 'Out of Place : Memory, Imagination and the City' at the Lowry, Salford, 2000. Their work has also been included as part of the Ikon Gallery's touring programme, 1999. The book Property (Letters to the Editor) documented their residency at Irish Museum of Modern Art, 1998. They have exhibited extensively in Switzerland and throughout Europe, both individually and as a collaborative duo.

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EVENTS

TALK:
Saturday 10th March, 2pm
At Gasworks

Kühne and Klein give an informal talk about their work at Gasworks.