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Inbindable Volume
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Henry & Kihlberg:
Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry

Inbindable Volume is a three-channel video installation filmed in Birmingham’s iconic Central Library (John Madin 1974), the city’s most infamous example of Brutalist architecture. The work is an exploration of the journey between conception and materialisation, both in architecture and books, and what becomes of ideologies after they have been realised in material form. With a rhythmic and textural visual grammar, the work is driven by the voice of an omnipresent narrator describing the lifespan of the building from conception to abandonment through an unsettling text altering between past, present and future tense.

Keywords Installation
Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:15:00
Year 2010
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About the artists

Reuben Henry

Reuben Henry

Born in 1979. Based in London, UK.

Reuben Henry (UK) has been collaborating with Karin Kihlberg (SE) since 2004. Using an interdisciplinary approach their work explores how documentation, representation, and narratives are utilised by contemporary culture as routes to comprehend and consume the contemporary paradigm. In 2009 they were awarded the first prize for the ASPEX Emergency 4 exhibition with their work Performance #1, #2 & #3. Other group exhibitions include Art Futures at Bloomberg Space, Art Summer University at Tate Modern, The 100 ideas Festival at Hayward Gallery, Please Excuse my Appearance at Ikon Gallery and Cut my Legs of and Call Me Shorty at Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm. They have exhibited in solo exhibitions at Citric Gallery in Italy, Centre des Arts Actuels SKOL in Canada as part of Les Mois de la Photo á Montréal and at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester, UK. Kihlberg and Henry were working as researchers in the fine art department at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands between 2009-11.

Karin Kihlberg

Karin Kihlberg

Karin Kihlberg (Sweden, 1978) & Reuben Henry (UK, 1979) are artists working with moving image based in London. They were fellows at the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands 2009-2010 and studied Fine Art BA in Birmingham 2001 where they ran the international residency programme Springhill Institute until 2008.

Recent solo exhibitions and screenings include Whitstable Biennale, Whitechapel Gallery, Fig-2 at the ICA, London, The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool, Camden Arts Centre and Danielle Arnaud Gallery, where they are represented. Their work has been screened at Oberhausen and Channels Film Festivals, Melbourne, and have made commissions for The Great North Run Moving Image Commission and FACT, Liverpool.

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