Sound Speed Marker by Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Published by Ballroom Marfa. Edited by Andrea Codrington Lippke. Text by Fairfax Dorn, Anne Ellegood, Inka Graeve Ingelmann, Jeffrey Kastner, Sean Kissane, Claudia Schmuckli.
Sound Speed Marker focuses on Hubbard / Birchler's recent trilogy of video installations -- Grand Paris Texas (2009), Movie Mountain (Melies) (2011) and Giant (2014) -- which explore the physical conditions and social character of the cinematic experience, with particular respect to film's relationship to place and the kinds of traces movies leave behind. Published on the occasion of the touring exhibition Sound Speed Marker presented at Ballroom Marfa, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and the Blaffer Museum of Art at the University of Houston, this richly illustrated volume includes all three components of Hubbard / Birchler's newest trilogy, as well as related photography and sculpture.
Four insightful essays and an interview with the artists contribute important new scholarship in examining the genesis of the works in Sound Speed Marker as well as the significance of the trilogy within the artists' collaborative practice spanning the past twenty years.
Hardcover. 262 pages.
Image credits: Sound Speed Marker, 2014, installation view, photo by Fredrik Nilsen Studio; Grand Paris Texas, 2009, installation view; Tape, 2009, detail; Eiffeltower Paris Texas, 2009. Courtesy of Tanya Bonakder Gallery New York and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.