"Without You Baby, There Ain't No Us"
In their series WITHOUT YOU BABY, THERE AIN’T NO US the Swiss artists Comenius
Roethlisberger and Admir Jahic - better known as INVISIBLE HEROES – investigate
the still very young, but global social phenomenons of the web 2.0. For their work,
pieces of the infinite world of images uploaded to YouTube are copied as drawings on
to handmade paper. For some of their works – like in the case of the Star-Wars-Kid –
enough single frames are drawn to animate the original video. Other times, only
a single rendered image is recreated. At Scope Basel last June, the pair presented
the Star Wars Kid revisited, a series of 604 original drawings in 604 handmade
frames resulting in a strong comment on commitment during crisis.
Their subjective selection of the originals seems to follow the same principles of
fascination as the majority of the YouTube-users. One could even call it a documentary
work, which reveals a both funny and embarrassing image of our own likings.
So it should be easy for the viewer to find something he knows or likes.
Likewise pleasing is, that despite of their success (amongst others the Al
Sabah Art Collection commissioned a own series of arabic film icons) they are
also still true to the democratic roots of the internet and sell their works for prices,
affordable to everyone.
Berlin – After our show Happy Ever After (Abner Preis and Nomad),
the spotlight is back on Berlin’s Brot und Spiele Gallery as the
Invisible Heroes (Switzerland) exhibit the latest works from “Without You Baby,
There Ain’t No Us,” including a selection of drawings reenacting videos that feature
the Berlin Wall.
You can get first impressions of their artworks below, or check out their Artist-Profiles..
The Invisible Heroes' Artist Profile