The Berlin Sessions
Michel Auder on Daniel Knorr
It’s hard to be down when you‘re up
Lecture, in English
Since the early 1970s Michel Auder (born 1954 in Soissons, FR) has been continuously filming people and occurrences from his life and thus accumulated comprehensive archive material that is constantly reworked and extended. Well-known are his films edited in the 1990s from the surroundings of the Warhol-Factory and the Chelsea Hotel, as well as his artists’ portraits such as Annie Sprinkle (1981–84), Cindy Sherman (1988) or Alice Neel (1976/82, 2000).
Ever since his arrival in Berlin in 2016 for his one-year scholarship in the framework of the DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Program, Auder has been filming the encounters with the befriended performance and conceptual artist Daniel Knorr (born 1968 in Bukarest, lives in Berlin). Knorr often works with the creative processes of destruction and transformation through which he repeatedly balances out the discrepancy between the symbolic and the real.
Many Berliners know him for his flag installation on the rooftop of the Neue Nationalgalerie as part of the 5th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, with which he took up the subject matter of the aesthetics of abstract art and the idea of the ’national’ (Nationalgalerie, 2008). For the abc art berlin contemporary he presented a one-man-bunker from Second World War as a walk-in sculpture. The Rumanian Pavilion that he presented at the 51st Biennale di Venezia, Venice (IT) remained empty. Besides some signs of usage from former exhibitions only the title of the work, European Influenza (2005), as well as the subsequently wide public discussion and reception of the project existed.