Preview: 26 May, 30 June and 14 July 6:30 – 8:30PM

Exhibition Run: 26 May 2009 - 26 July 2009

Curated by Michelle Cotton

Cubitt announces a solo exhibition by French-American filmmaker, Michel Auder.

In the early 1970_s Auder adopted a continuous approach to filmmaking, recording the people and scenarios he encountered and amassing an extensive archive of video footage. His work has been shaped by the informal character of his method and a collection of imagery that is constantly updated, revisited and reworked. This exhibition surveys four decades of his practice in a series of programmes that will run continuously in the gallery over two months.

Auder has made the camera and editing apparatus both the tool and subject of his work. Initially associated with the Zanzibar Group of independent filmmakers in Paris he began with extensive, unscripted 16mm films. Following a move to New York in 1970, he experimented with domestic formats, using a portable video camera to film directly from the television screen or record improvised action, interviews and document his observations.

His early films collide with narratives in art history and popular memory as artists, writers, and musicians make repeat appearances. Auder_s subjects include actors familiar from Andy Warhol_s Factory alongside extrovert characters such as performance artist, adult film director and former sex worker Annie Sprinkle and the psychedelic drag queen troupe, The Cockettes. More recent films include montage sequences that revisit earlier footage, re-cataloguing imagery within collages and fashioning non-linear, associative essays. In Auder_s work the camera both witnesses and directs social exchange. It describes a highly subjective position, moving about his environment, recording its soundtrack, admitting incidental drama, autobiographical detail and the real-time incursions of broadcast media.

Michel Auder was born in 1945, in Soissons, France. His films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Exhibitions include the 6th Berlin Biennial, the forthcoming Athens Biennale and solo presentations at Newman Popiashvili Gallery New York, Aurel Scheibler Berlin and Galleria Fonti, Naples. His films are distributed by Anthology Film Archives. He lives and works in New York.

This will be Michel Auder’s first solo exhibition in the UK since 1999.

Supported by Arts Council England and the French Institute in the UK.

Part 1:
Rooftops and Other Scenes, 1996, 48’ 51″
Polaroid Cocaine, 1993, 5’
Made for Denise, 1978, 3’ 5″

Total runtime 57’

Part 2:
Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol 1971-76, 1994, 72’ 39″
Chelsea 1990, 2008 6’
The Cockettes, New York City 1971, 2002, 28’

Total runtime 106’

Part 3:
Annie Sprinkle, 1981-84, 32’ 52″
Brooding Angels, Made for R.L., 1988, 5’ 25″
My Love, 1978, 4’ 40″

Total runtime 43’