Autoreverse is composed of five audiovisual sequences that show decomposing and recomposing machines made from recycled electric household appliances. Thus, the RS 570, AM A220 and the X1 unfold and reassemble to a soundtrack of “electro-techno-mechanic” rhythmic sounds to reveal their new ultra performing functions. Autoreverse was presented in its preview in October 2005 within the framework of the 5th “Nuit des Musées” in an underground car park in Luxembourg.
In 2006, autoreverse was shown as part of the “Eldorado” exhibition for the official inauguration of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Mudam), Luxembourg. The project also became part of the Mudam’s contemporary art collection.
In December 2008 autoreverse was first presented in the USA. The project was on show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in the context of the “Rough Cut: Design Takes a Sharp Edge” group exhibition. Since being included in the MoMA’s permanent design collection, autoreverse has been frequently on view at the Museum.
Paul Kirps is a independent artist and graphic designer who works on commissions and personal projects in the field of art, illustration and visual communication.
Often his projects are preceded by intense documentation whereby he photographs, salvages, compiles and collects images, signs and objects as a basis for the creation of formal data banks. Through his research he reappropriates popular imagery and elements from daily life in order to reinvent an iconographic poetic with new uses.
Recent projects have focused on commissions related to the “Art in State Buildings” Program (Kunst am Bau). He collaborated with architectural studios to develop concepts for artistic installations in public buildings, providing relevant solutions to the needs of future residents and users.
Paul Kirps’ work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, the Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich and the City of Luxembourg.