October 28, 2013 - Portikus - Michel Auder
October 28, 2013

Michel Auder

Michel Auder, Made For Denise (still), 1978. Film. Courtesy the artist.

Michel Auder
Selected Works
October 31–November 17, 2013

Portikus
Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel
60594 Frankfurt am Main

www.portikus.de

 

Opening: November 1, 8pm, followed by drinks and selected films by Douglas Gordon in the film class kitchen, Städelschule

Artist talk: October 30, 7pm
Michel Auder and Douglas Gordon, Frankfurter Kunstverein 

Lecture Städelschule: October 31, 4pm 

Portikus is proud to present the filmic oeuvre of French-American artist Michel Auder. The exhibition is set up to screen a different work every day, allowing his practice, which spans over four decades, to unfold its narrative qualities. Auder has lived and worked in New York City since 1970, where he was part of the circle of The Factory, and since has produced an extensive body of work. Auder’s films and videos are documents of times and places, subjective observations by someone who is concerned with his surroundings and the people that play a role in his vicinity. Auder believes, “Artists are translating the appearance of time according to their appreciation of it.” His most well known work, Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol, which he shot between the years 1971 and ’76, has become a seminal document of New York in this era. His portraits of individuals, social dynamics between people, interiors or shared communal events reflect the intimacy between the artist himself and what is depicted using images and sound to translate relationships. 

Sampling has always played a central role in Auder’s practice. While he continues to record his surroundings, he also repeatedly comes back to working with existing material. This not only shows an interest in continually provoking the present with historical moments and nostalgias, but also in showcasing the transformation of the moving image as a medium. Auder explains his fascination with the more recent developments in film as follows; “By the year 2000, we all became filmmakers, mostly for the worst and in some cases for the better. We all have a digital tool, or two, in our pockets. By using these recording devices new authors have emerged, telling stories like never before; Film Novelists, Film Playwrights, Film Poets, Film Essayists, Film Painters, Film Biographers, Film Columnists, Film Reporters, Film Animators, Film Wordsmiths, Film Scribes, Film Sculptors, Film Scribblers…”

The selection of films shown at Portikus reflects on the range in Michel Auder’s production. The works selected are short pieces that are screened in a daylong loop to allow aspects of sampling and repetition to emerge, predominantly focusing on sound as an integral component of his practice. 

Michel Auder’s exhibition at Portikus is made possible through the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, Frankfurt, which runs from October 30 until November 3. The exhibition continues until November 17. 

Curator: Sophie von Olfers

Portikus
Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel
60594 Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 962 44 540
info [​at​] portikus.de
www.portikus.de

 

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