29 Mar 2013

Still from "The Feature" (2008), (c) Michel Auder & Andrew Neel
Still from "The Feature" (2008), (c) Michel Auder & Andrew Neel

March 28, 2013, 7:30-10 pm: Interview and short screenings
March 29, 2013, 11 am, 1.30 pm: Screening of “The Feature” (2008, 180 minutes), a film co-directed by Michel Auder and Andrew Neel

Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum
Language: English
Entrance: Entrance price to the museum
Reservations: It is necessary to make a reservation. Send an e-mail to, stating your full name, e-mail address, telephone number, and the date of the program you want to attend.

The Stedelijk Museum proudly presents the Dutch première of Michel Auder and Andrew Neel’s feature film “The Feature” (2008). During this special stedelijk|film evening, Auder will talk about this film (which will be shown the following day) and screen various short films from his extremely diverse and rich oeuvre dating back to the 1960s. Auder will be interviewed by curator and writer Adam Kleinman.

Michel Auder began making films in the early 1960s. By 1968, filmmaking had become his primary practice, through his association with a constellation of radical independent filmmakers in Paris known as the Zanzibar Group. He was influenced by the French New Wave and experimental cinema, most notably Jean-Luc Godard and Andy Warhol (in fact, he was the husband of “superstar” actress Viva of the Factory before marrying photographer Cindy Sherman). In the late 1960s, Auder moved to New York City, where he has resided since. The emergence of video allowed Auder to translate Warhol’s talent for making the banal glamorous and the glamorous banal into a diary practice which Auder himself did not consider fine art. His earliest works are travel logs and endearing portraits of friends including Hannah Wilke, Alice Neel, Annie Sprinkle, Eric Bogosian, Louis Waldon, and Larry Rivers. The label “video artist” was applied retroactively to Auder when he began exhibiting his work in 1980.

His seemingly first-person, subjective way of filming invokes a personal and intimate space. Yet Auder is a voyeur, an impersonal witness of people’s lives from a distance, or even within the intimacy he creates. These changing roles create the illusion of a documentary in a world where everything seems staged. In other works, Auder deals with history. His works are able to wake history from its slumber into something worldly, present, active, and vivid. In his version of Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls, for example, Warhol is no longer a static muse or deity upon which all can project their desires, but a voice on the phone, murmuring things coherent, incoherent, funny, quotidian, offensive, and absurd. In Auder’s films, mythmaking, storytelling, and history are all wrapped indistinguishably together.

On March 28, from 7:30 pm until 10 pm, Auder will be interviewed by curator and writer Adam Kleinman, and will screen several of his older short films, such as “The Valerie Solanas Incident” (1971), “My Love” (1977), “1981 Regan” (1981), “Blind Sex” (1983), “Endless Column” (2001), and “Daytime Version of the Night” (2013).

On March 29, at 11 am and 3 pm, Auder and Neel’s feature film “The Feature” (2008) will be screened in the Teijin Auditorium of the Stedelijk. As Nathan Lee wrote in the New York Times, 'The Feature' is a window on Michel Auder's world, based on more than 40 years of his videos.

More information about the speakers:

Michel Auder

Michel Auder is a French filmmaker and photographer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. His long career spans nearly six decades, ranging from travel films, documentary and experimental film, and video art. 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 and screenings at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; the Williams College Museum of Art; Participant Inc., New York; Office Baroque Gallery, Brussels; and the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden. He taught in the sculpture department in 2006 and was appointed critic at Yale School of Art in 2009. The Kunsthalle Basel will present an exhibition with Auder’s work in June 2013. Auder’s official faculty website:

Adam Kleinman

Adam Kleinman is a writer and curator. Prior to recently joining Witte de With, he served as Agent for Public Programming for dOCUMENTA (13), and before that, was Curator at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). At LMCC, he created the interpretative humanities program “Access Restricted.” Kleinman also developed LentSpace, a cultural venue and garden design by Interboro Partners, which repurposed an entire vacant Manhattan block. There, Kleinman curated “Avenue of the Americas” (2010) and “Points & Lines” (2009). Kleinman is a frequent contributor to numerous exhibition catalogs and magazines, including Agenda, Artforum, e-flux journal, Frieze, Mousse, and Texte zur Kunst. In addition to these activities, Kleinman is a frequent lecturer, guest critic, and/or seminar leader at various institutions such as at Columbia University, Cooper Union, Cornell University, Princeton University, The Sandburg Institute, and The School of Visual Arts.