MIRROR

Christoph Girardet, Matthias Mller

DE, 2003, 810, HD video proj., loop, sound

A woman, a man, guests at an evening party. Settings, which are gradually abandoned; the remains of an event, gazes that have lost their object.
In "Mirror", frozen tableaux are animated by light alone, which creates connections but also isolates the figures and separates them for the surrounding space. Like the axis of a mirror, a tear runs through the centre of the image, separating the two halves but uniting them into a single motif at the same time.
"The characters in a tragedy, the air they breathe, the settings, are sometimes more absorbing than the tragedy itself, as are the moments before and afterwards, when the plot is at a standstill and the dialogue is silenced." (Michelangelo Antonioni)

Christoph Girardet was born in Langenhagen, Germany, in 1966. He studied Fine Arts at the Braunschweig School of Art (Masters degree in 1994). Since 1989 he has produced video tapes and video installations, some of them in collaboration with video artist Volker Schreiner beginning in 1994 and as of 1999 with filmmaker Matthias Mller. Girardet has participated in group shows at major institutions such as the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington. Solo exhibitions of his work have taken place at institutions such as the Kunstverein Hannover, the Sean Kelly Gallery, New York; and the Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Girardet has taken part in festivals worldwide. His work is included in various public and private collections. He was awarded a stipend for the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York (2000) and the Villa Massimo stipend in Rome (2004). He lives and works in Hannover.

Matthias Mller was born in Bielefeld, Germany in 1961. Studied Arts and German Literature at Bielefeld University and Fine Arts at HBK Braunschweig. Masters degree. Since 2003, Professor in Experimental Film at Academy of Media Arts, KHM, Cologne. Mller is an artist working in film, video and photography. He is based in Bielefeld and Cologne, Germany. Mller organized numerous avant-garde film events such as the "Found Footage Film Festival" (1996 & 1999) and the first German festival of autobiographical films "Ich etc." (1998) and various touring programs. With his films and videos he has taken part in major film festivals worldwide, including the festivals at Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Rotterdam. His work has also been featured in several group and solo exhibitions. His films and videos are part of the collections of institutions such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museu dArt Contemporani, Barcelona, Nederlands Film Museum, Amsterdam, Australian Centre For The Moving Image, Melbourne, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, the Goetz Collection, Munich, the collection of Isabelle and Jean-Conrad Lematre, London, and Tate Modern, London.

Christoph Girardet and Matthias Mller's films have been presented and awarded in Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival since 2003. Revisitations (2005) was their first exhibition in Portugal, conceived for Solar Cinematic Art Gallery space. They have also participated in group exhibitions Under Hitchcock, Solar (2007) and No Cinema, Centro de Memria in Vila do Conde (2008-2009).

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