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Michel Auder’s ﬁlms and videos are recordings of his surroundings, his private life and the people around him. The French artist ﬁrst began exploring video as an artistic medium in the late 1960s after moving to New York and becoming part of the circle of artists and performers associated with Andy Warhol’s Factory, whose exploits he recorded in his video diaries. Over the last 50 years he has shot thousands of hours of ﬁlm, initially with Super 8, 16mm and 35mm cameras and subsequently embracing the latest video and digital media.
Auder carefully edits together footage from this vast archive to create poetic associative works that feel fragmented and dreamlike. Narcolepsy (2010) consists of footage that Auder describes as probing into the mind that registers, juxtaposes, computes and then dozes off. A recurrent image is the face of a young woman afﬂicted with uncontrollable ﬁts of sleep, while the sound of a jet of water from a tap hits the video camera and the graphic pattern of sparks ﬂy against the evening sky.
To make Untitled (I Was Looking Back To See If You Were Looking Back At Me To See Me Looking Back At You) (2012), Auder devoted himself to ﬁlming an apartment building on the opposite side of the street by night for many months. The camera zooms into dimly lit interiors, looking for signs of life, catching people as they quarrel or embrace, and impassively recording their most casual activities. These scenes hint at the swarm of stories and lives contained in such tower blocks and S1 Artspace, situated within the residential blocks at Park Hill, provides an ideal context in which to view the ﬁlms.
Michel Auder (born 1945, Soissons, France) lives and works in Brooklyn New York. He has been teaching at the Yale School of Art since 2005. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Stedelĳk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; dOCUMENTA (13); The Renaissance Society, Chicago and Kunsthalle, Basel.
Untitled (I Was Looking Back To See If You Were Looking Back At Me To See Me Looking Back At You), 2012. Image courtesy of Michel Auder & Martos Gallery NYC USA. © The artist.