Michel Auder, Cindy Sherman

Silver print numbered 2/542 x 62,5 cm

Michel Auder, Andy Viva, 1969

Photography from Chelsea girl film, 1969Silver print numbered 1/538,5 x 54,5 cm
© Michel Auder // Courtesy Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Michel Auder, Andy Flash, 1969

Photography from Chelsea girl film, 1969Silver print numbered 1/5 38,5 x 54,5 cm
© Michel Auder // Courtesy Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Michel AUDER

Michel AUDER


Michel Auder has since 1969 been compiling an ongoing video diary that is a candid chronicle of his life and the downtown New York art scene. Recording friends, family, and a "cast" of artists, writers, and downtown luminaries, from Viva and Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman, he captures a cultural milieu. Transcending documentary, Auder's video journals resonate with an idiosyncratipoetry. 

Michel Auder began making films in the early 1960s. By 1968, filmmaking became his primary conduit through his association with a constellation of radical independent filmmakers in Paris known as the Zanzibar Group. Mr. Auder first acquired a video camera in 1969; since then, his work has spanned a variety of styles and genres, from fictional narratives to media appropriation collages, travelogues to exercises in mediated voyeurism, and video portraits. Over the years, he has recorded thousands of hours of video. This seemingly indefatigable use of video provokes a sense of infinite coverage, ostensibly effacing the distinction between experience, memory, and representation, and consequently brings further attention to the way technologies of representation mediate individual and social histories. The archive of footage he has amassed, and continues to collect, provides the source material from which discrete works are created, ranging in length from under five minutes to several hours. While a few works were formed completely in-camera, most have been edited years, and sometimes decades, after the original footage was shot. As time passes, certain situations, people, and images are revisited, edited, and released from the archive. As such, the chronicles necessarily change with time. This process of explicit recollection is not about retrieval as much as it is about retelling and the processes of memory: looking back from the present on events in the past and searching for a means to tell stories, to communicate. 

Most recently, Mr. Auder's work has been the subject of retrospectives at the 11th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, as well as exhibitions at the Williams College Museum of Art, Participant Inc., New York, and the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden. He was appointed senior critic in sculpture at Yale in 2006.

" The adjectives “diaristic” and “discursive” naturally attach themselves to the pioneering films and videos of French-born, New York–based artist Michel Auder. Born in Soisson in 1945, he first fell under the heady influence of the French New Wave as a teenager. Thereafter, he met and married Andy Warhol muse and writer Viva, moved to New York, and bought a Sony Portapak, with which he began assiduously chronicling the Factory and the downtown New York scene, as well as his own tumultuous life, in what has become an ongoing personal video archive. Such is the meditative and retrospective power of Auder’s filmic voice and sensibility, however, that he can make this antic cultural milieu and nearly everything he turns his camera on feel hushed and full of pathos and portent. "

Quinn Latimer, June 2010


Born in France in 1945
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC (USA)

2013 Stories, Myths, Ironies and other songs : Conceived, Directed, Edited and Produced by M. Auder - Kunsthalle, Basel (Suisse)
         Retrato de Michel Auder - culturgest, Lisbonne (Portugal)
2012 Monographic Screenings, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
         Matter of Fact, Hessel Museum, Bard College NY
         Etablissement d’enface, Brussels, Belgium
         Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011 Language is Only a Word and I'm so Jealous of Birds, NoPlace, Oslo, Norway, (curated by Kristine Jærn Pilgaard)
         Dinner Is Served, Art Unlimited, Art 42 Basel, Switzerland
         Endless Column and Narcolepsy, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy
2010 The World Out of my Hands, Lund Konsthall, Sweden
         Keeping Busy: An Inaccurate Survey of Michel Auder, Zach Feuer Gallery, Newman Popiashvili Gallery & Participant Inc NY & Volume2 L A, CA. 
2009 Heads of Town, ScheiblerMitte, Berlin, Germany
         Michel Auder Survey, Cubitt Gallery, London, England
2008 Peace Among Topographers, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York.
         European Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany (curated by Anders Kreuger)
         The Feature, Berlin, London and Denmark Film Festivals
2007 Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium
         Dope and Narcotica Series, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy
         Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek, Berlin, Germany
Live and work in Brooklyn, USA
Date of birth 1945

Michel AUDER

Michel AUDER