For over forty years Michel Auder (French, b. 1945) has compulsively recorded the events of his life. Embracing a variety of roles—including silent participant, obsessive voyeur, discreet accomplice, and simple observer—he creates brashly self-referential films and videos that have earned him wide renown. Auder's decades-long love affair with the Sony Portapak video system has yielded an epic amount of unsparing, poetic footage delineating the flamboyant life of an art-world dandy. His latest work, The Feature, intercuts selections from Auder's personal video archive with new segments (directed by Andrew Neel) in which Auder's doppelganger (played by Auder himself) learns that he suffers from an incurable disease. The Feature's fictionalized biography intermingles truth, lies, life, and art into an ambiguous self-contained universe. The film illuminates, through the brutal honesty of visual diaries, the artist's experiences in the New York art scene, from wild times at Andy Warhol's Factory to Auder's marriages to Viva and Cindy Sherman. Following the screening, Auder and Neel discuss A Feature and their use of personal archival footage.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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