In two unremarkable houses in London's East End, Gregor Schneider constructed a remarkable new work, Die Familie Schneider. 14 and 16 Walden Street were identical in every way. They had the same rooms and furnishings with the same cracks and stains, inhabited by the same families doing the same, unseemly things.
Die Familie Schneider could only be visited alone. Amongst the visitors who made their way through the intensely claustrophobic rooms were the writers Andrew O'Hagan and Colm Toibin. Together with an extended sequence of stills from inside both houses by Gregor Schneider, their writings attest to the disturbing experience of Schneider's dark double houses.
ANDREW O'HAGAN'S first book The Missing was published in 1995. Our Fathers was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 and his most recent novel Personality was published to critical acclaim in 2003. O'Hagan lives in London.
COLM TOIBIN is the author of several acclaimed novels, amongst which The Blackwater Lightship and The Master were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 and 2004 respectively. He has written several books of non-fictional including Homage to Barcelona and Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar. Toibin lives in Dublin.
Die Familie Schneider is co-published by Artangel and steidlMACK and is available from Cornerhouse priced £19.95, ISBN 3-8652-236-0. The 160pp hardback book has 24 pages of colour images.