Kingdom Loops 2002–2020 : Toby Kaufmann-Buhler [PAST]


22 April 2022 Friday 4-8pm (Artist will be at the gallery 6-8pm)

23 & 24 April Saturday & Sunday 2-6pm (Artist will be at the gallery 3-5pm both days)

Running time : 29 minutes. Free Entry

Keys to the Kingdom 2002

The windows of our third floor flat overlooked the constant bustle of Hammersmith Broadway, and this view became the object of fascination for the two years we lived there. Constant traffic, masses of people, mass transportation and mass surveillance overlaid our life there. All of this (particularly the latter aspect) inspired me to set up a camera at the window, and frame as much of the activity as it could gather. One result was this video, made quickly in early 2002.

Sawing the Kingdom 2020

In the summer of 2020 and amidst the ongoing pandemic, I revisited video footage shot at Hammersmith Broadway from September 2003 (this time two shots recorded over two hours). I took a bifurcated approach to the imagery, similar to the 2002 video (altering the speed), and also manipulating the video through software effects to highlight and play with the density of activity in the frame. For the sound in this video I used an approach with singing saw (manipulated by software); the saw has been an important part of my practice for many years, and this sound has an affinity with the traffic and environmental sound of the original video.

– Toby Kaufmann-Buhler

Toby Kaufmann-Buhler (based in Lafayette, Indiana USA) explores history, memory, identity and sensory perception in relation to his family and himself, within individual lives and across broad sweeps of history and culture. This work takes form in video, film, found/composed sound, text installation, performance and interactive media. He mounted the solo exhibition “The Name of the Machine from the Moon” in 2019 at Listen Hear (Indianapolis, Indiana) with a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. Kaufmann-Buhler was an artist in residence at MASS MoCA (North Adams, Massachusetts) in 2021; he attended artist residencies at Signal Culture (Owego, New York) and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, Nebraska) in 2017. Kaufmann-Buhler has an MA from the Royal College of Art and a BA in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. | |

Image by Toby Kaufmann-Buhler