Michael Riedel "Filmed Film"

David Zwirner 19th Street

poster for Michael Riedel "Filmed Film"

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In 2000, Riedel began staging simulations in an abandoned building in Frankfurt. With collaborator Dennis Loesch, the artist notably recreated concurrent exhibitions in nearby galleries, gaining him international acclaim.

From 1999 to 2002, over forty hours of video footage were recorded in an effort to film existing films and to capture, incidentally, the circumstances of their screening/viewing. The works were first shown as “Filmed Film” events at Oskar-von-Miller Strasse 16. Similar to his “Clubbed Club” events—where Riedel duplicated the interior of a famous Frankfurt nightclub upside down with a soundtrack of dance music playing backwards—the “Filmed Film” program ran for several months and repeatedly showed original films with their respective audiences appearing in the picture. In this exhibition at David Zwirner, these works will be projected onto a screen smaller than the projected image. Chiefly interested in the natural disruptions and imperfections, Riedel allowed predetermined factors to dictate the project. For example, the length of the recording tape and the battery-life of the camera determine the length of the artist’s works. Thus, the original film and the filmed version are rarely identical in length; most of the films end inside a camera bag and some start even before the original film has begun. All of the works were shot in color-mode and with sound, so otherwise defining characteristics of the original film such as “black-and-white” or “silent” are rendered inconsequential. Using the auto-focus mechanism, the camera was often unable to focus properly on the film, leaving many of the shots blurred and vacillating. The image moves within the image or the film within the film disappears.



from September 16, 2008 to October 25, 2008
Press preview with the artist: September 16, 5:30 - 6 pm.

Opening Reception on 2008-09-16 from 18:00 to 20:00


Michael Riedel

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