The New Cut: Michel Auder
Date: 25 March - 17 April 2010
Location: Picture This Studio, Bristol, UK

faded image of a woman in a car

Production still from 'Keeping Busy' (1969)


Picture This continues its New Cut programme of exhibitions with a solo exhibition by French-American filmmaker, Michel Auder.


In the early 1970s 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.

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, recataloguing 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 exhibition was devised by Michelle Cotton and first presented at Cubitt, London in 2009. Supported by Arts Council England and the French Institute in the UK.


Opening Times:

Thursday - Saturday

Related Items:

The New Cut
2009 -

The New Cut is a programme of brief exhibitions at Picture This contextualising our programme through a wider overview of artists' film and video

Michel Auder screening and talk by Michelle Cotton from Cubitt Gallery
24 March 6.30 - 8.30

A talk with screenings to open the Michel Auder solo exhibition in The New Cut.

In the early 1970s Auder adopted a continuous