FELIX STEPHAN HUBER 1995 -
Arctic Circle online
Tropic of Cancer online
Arctic Circle Double Video
Desert & Transit
Photography after Photography
Rewind to the Future
Kunsthalle New York
Atlas of Art Travel
Arctic Circle CD ROM
CIRCLE is an investigation into two parallel conditions of contemporary
"Which is lonelier,
being somewhere we no longer belong, in one of the earth's last hold outs
- vast stretches of Canadian arctic wilderness - for <arctic circle>
, or trying to connect to people on the other side, the cyber-side, of mini laptop
-- PHILIP POCOCK , excerpt from the lecture space<>between,
Art of Exhibiting symposium, Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart, 2000.
Arctic Circle is a 'double travel' taking two artists
North to a last great remote wilderness on earth, the Arctic
in Canada, where they 'connect' with virtual co-travelers in the very early days of Net culture via email
from trailer parks, auto repair shops and research stations, constructing a video performance website as they go 'on the road' and
over the Infobahn. Arctic Circle, as such, is media critical, questioning our place, our identity within
geographical or datagraphical frameworks simultaneously.
What begins as a 1970s-oriented 'travel-as-art' conceptual
performance, where two artists make their way up 1000s of kilometers of road
to the Arctic Circle to walk along it and transmit that to 'co-traveller'
via the Internet in 1995, develops into 1990s pulp melodrama, when two hitchhikers,
Norah and Nicolas, hop on board, and any and all preconceived ideas are chucked
out the 1974 SuperVan window.
Months later, when two more artists join, Christoph Keller
and Florian Wuest, they detour south to the heat of another 'circle' for TROPIC
OF CANCER, where they find themselves confronted with cultural baggage
in a poor country, and resort to poking fun at heroic artistic myths.
Berlin color photographs catalogue cover, London Regional Art Gallery, Canada, 1983.