Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry
 
Kihlberg and Henry, Slow Violence, 2018
Slow Violence  2018  HD Video, 5.1 audio  29 min. Commissioned by Whitstable Biennale 2018 funded by Arts Council England and the Elephant Trust
 
 

Kihlberg & Henry are Karin Kihlberg (Sweden 1978) and Reuben Henry (UK 1979), a collaborative duo based in London. Their work presents architecture as a biological event, an over-spilling of the human mind into exterior space. They studied fine art at BCU Birmingham 1999-2002 and ran the international residency programme Springhill Institute from 2003-2008. In 2008-2010 they were research fellows at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Netherlands, after which Kihlberg gained an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. Both gained a Masters in Cultural Production from the Linköping University in Sweden through their activities with Vision Forum, which culminated in their activities with The Disembodied Voice research group. Their video works are distributed by Film Form (Stockholm).

Kihlberg & Henry have had solo exhibitions and projects at the Whitstable Biennale; fig-2 at ICA, London; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Plymouth Arts Centre; Res, London; Artsway, Hampshire; Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; Gallery Box, Gothenburg; and Danielle Arnaud, London. They have participated in group shows and projects at Camden Arts Centre, London; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Fundació Miró, Mallorca; Tate Modern and the Hayward Gallery, UK. They won the Great North Run Moving Image Commission in 2012 and were artists in residence at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, 2011; Futura, Prague, 2007 and Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, 2006.

 
> Curriculum vitae
> Artist's website
> Exhibitions at the gallery: Footnotes to a Long Distance Telephone Call, 2016, Abandon in Place 2010
 
> Editions: Considered Regardless 2015, Formations 2013, Afterimage 2010
 
SELECTED WORKS
 
 
Kihlberg & Henry, Kihlberg & Henry, A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock, 2016
A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock
2016  HD video installation with 4.1 sound  13 minutes. Photograph by Oskar Proctor
 
Kihlberg & Henry, A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock, 2016
A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock
2016  unique slides, x-ray lightbox and sound. Photograph by Oskar Proctor
 
A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock is an archaeology of architect Jørn Utzon’s digital footprint, focusing on the scant online presence of a house he built on Mallorca. Citing Utzon’s distant relationship with the Sydney Opera House, which he never saw complete, and research into brain growth in London taxi drivers while studying The Knowledge, the video treads a thin line between the physical and the digital by asking if one can visit an architecture from a distance.
 
 
Kihlberg & Henry, This Building, This Breath
Kihlberg & Henry, This Building, This Breath
This Building, This Breath
2015  video with live voiceover  15 min. Commissioned by fig-2, supported by the Art Fund, Outset, and Arts Council England
 
This Building, This Breath continues Kihlberg & Henry’s exploration of the disembodied voice in moving image and performance. For this piece, a voiceover is delivered live alongside a 15 minute video, activated whenever somebody enters the room. In the script, Kihlberg & Henry make use of a varied series of references to breathing, from biological meanings and principles in martial arts and yoga to deviations of the term such as those used in breathing materials and lens breathing. The voiced content coincides with the choreography of projected images as if images were falling from the speakers’ mouth, and retracting with his inhalations, combining eclectic and associative found footage. Adopting mechanisms familiar to the spheres of hypnosis or meditation in the structure and delivery of the script, this Building, This Breath drives towards an abstract proposition that the room itself is breathing.
 
Apeiropobic Framework
2015  HD Video 1080p  10 min
 
 
   Kihlberg & Henry, Pleasure Through Drowning
Pleasure Through Drowning
2015, HD Video 1080p  25 minutes
 
Pleasure Through Drowning is a film about an impossible attempt to escape a society over-saturated with moving image. Charting a day trip to Portsea Island in search of 32 historic cinemas which existed there during the 20th Century, the narrators describes a desire for moving image to be harnessed, ‘geographically bound once more to these custom-made architectures’, islands in themselves. Seemingly unable to differentiate between the old cinemas and the parking lots and supermarkets which have replaced them, the narrators’ disillusion with the ‘films’ they find in these everyday places causes them to propose 32 new films for the lost cinemas, inadvertently creating a new flood to saturate the attention span and flooding the island, possibly the last remaining dry land accessible.
 
 
   
The Order of Things
2013, HD Video 1080p  5.1 Audio  30 minutes  commissioned by Bupa Great North Run Culture 2012
 
Part science fiction, part natural history, The Order of Things depicts the world’s largest half marathon from the perspective of a society of sentient architectures who, intoxicated by the delusions of consciousness, encounter themselves via the human senses. The near-mute narrators present the urban, post-pedestrian environment of the course through senses borrowed from long-distance runners in a state of rhythmic trance, in what might be considered a natural history for buildings.
The work is presented with a publication designed by An Endless Supply which intersects the work with its research process. With an original score by Bernard Felaise and the voice of John Woodvine
 
   
Analytical Chronology of Three Dimensions
2011, HD video  3'50 minutes  produced with the assistance of Wysing Arts Centre
Analytical Chronology of Three Dimensions is an experiment in developing a cinematic grammar based on the spatial-temporal properties of lingual grammar. Grammatical tenses become camera movements as a series of tenses applied to simple verbs are expressed in relation to various types of space: the abstract mathematical space expressed in a geometry textbook, the physical space of a building, its architectural maquette, and the projected space of the video itself.
 
Kihlberg & Henry, Acting Dead
Dead Actor No.8
 
Kihlberg & Henry, Acting Dead
Dead Actor No.9
 
Kihlberg & Henry, Acting Dead
Dead Actor No.10
 
Kihlberg & Henry, Acting Dead
Dead Actor No.11
Acting Dead
2010,  graphite on paper  70 x 100cm
Acting Dead is a series of drawings depicting actors acting dead in films.
 
 
This Story is About a little Boy
2010, SD Video 4:3  9'30 minutes
 
This Story is About a little Boy is a reconstruction of a film according to its recollection through subjective memory.
A friend of the artists was asked to recall a film which had moved him in some way and which made an impression on his life. His recollection of The Fallen Idol by Carol Reed was recorded and used as the narrative structure to re-edit the visuals of the film. Confusions, alterations, hesitations and added events were reanimated in the reconstruction of the film-as-memory.
 
 
 
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