Born 1945 in Soissons, France
Lives and Works in Brooklyn, NY
Michel Auder’s fragmented, layered videos document and reimagine everyday existence. The artist began letting his camera roll on friends, family, strangers, and his environment in the late 1960s and soon developed a near-constant filming practice. The resulting thousands of hours of footage—shot on devices ranging from the first portable recorders to mobile phone cameras—include biographical portraits, travelogues, and images shot directly from television screens. Auder regularly reconfigures his vast archive of visual information; Untitled (I was looking back to see if you were looking back at me to see me looking back at you) combines recently filmed video and new edits of previously shown material. These voyeuristic and intimate chronicles highlight how technologies of representation suspend us within systems of watching and being watched that are simultaneously habitual, desirous, and coercive.
Michel Auder’s work is on view in the Museum’s second floor galleries.