When he relocated temporarily to a new neighborhood, Michel Auder dedicated himself to capturing the views from his apartment over the course of a year. This three-channel video installation from 2014 is based on the footage Auder recorded at night, when the electric light in adjacent homes allowed glances into strangers’ lives and reflections in windows further mangled borders between inside and out, private and public. Perspectives on the moon above the New York skyline and the pulsating, colorfully lit traffic complete this poetic and painterly portrayal of the urban night. The work continues in a contemporary medium the work of earlier artists such as John Sloan and Georgia O’Keeffe, whose nocturnal city view are featured in Night Vision.
Michel Auder is a French filmmaker and photographer who variously described his perspective as voyeuristic and anthropological. Auder has been in New York since 1970. The Kunsthalle Basel and Frankfurt Portikus presented retrospective exhibitions in 2013.