Tag Archives: Keys

Gregor Schneider

Gregor Schneider, ‘Die Familie Schneider’ (2004)

Die Familie Schneider took place in neighbouring, identical houses – 14 and 16 Walden Street, London. The houses were open by appointment only and visitors – always two at a time – collected the front door keys from a small office on the same street. One visitor entered 14 Walden Street alone, whilst the other entered the neighbouring house.

In each was an identical woman, perpetually washing the same dishes; in each was a child, or a child-like person – wrapped placidly within a plastic bag; and in each was a man in a shower, engaged in a stark and lonely act of masturbation. After a period of ten minutes, the visitors emerged, exchanged keys and entered the second house.

At no time was there ever more than one visitor in each house.

Paul Chan

‘Oh why so serious? (2008) by Paul Chan

Daniel Bejar


Daniel Bejar, ‘The visual topography of a generation gap’ (2006 – now)

A copy was made from Bejar’s original apartment key, then a copy was made from that copy. This process was repeated until the original keys information was destroyed, resulting in the topography of a generation.

Driessens & Verstappen

During the etching process five keys are submerged in an etching solution. From time to time one of the objects is removed from the solution, until finally a small unrecognisable shape was left over.












During the galvanisation process, metal atoms from a copper sulphate solution are deposited onto the objects by means of electrolysis. Just like during the etching process, four keys have been subject to the chemical process for an increasing period of time.

Driessens & Verstappen, ‘Morphoteque #13’ (2003)

Wim Delvoye

Mum, Keys are You Know Where by Wim Delvoye

‘Mum, keys are you know where’, by Wim Delvoye