Screen_Christoph GIRARDET & Matthias MÜLLER

Screen_Christoph GIRARDET & Matthias MÜLLER


Germany / 2018 / Color, B&W / sound / 17min 30 / HD


While he mused on the effect of the flowing sands, he was seized from time to time by hallucinations in which he himself began to move with the flow.(Kobo Abe)

Liminal zones. Floating particles. Fire, water, earth, air. Voices of fictional characters: sometimes suggestive, sometimes strict, leading the viewer away from the here and now. Who's talking? The relationship between the hypnotized subject and the hypnotist is mirrored in the spectator's relationship to the screen.


Christoph Girardet was born in Langenhagen, Germany, in 1966. He studied Fine Arts at the Braunschweig School of Art (Master’s 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 Müller. He works primarily with found footage, mostly from the 1950s and 60s. It serves as source material for his visual research, in the course of which he initially dissembles and deconstructs scenes, before reassembling them in a way such that the actual structures and internal mechanisms of their content are rendered visible.

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. He lives and works in Hannover.

Matthias Müller (alternative spelling Matthias Mueller) (born 1961) is a German experimental filmmaker and curator, often working in the field of found footage films. From 1994 to 1997 he worked as Guest Professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany), and from 1998 to 1999 at the Dortmund Fachhochschule. Since 2003 he is Professor for Experimental Film at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM), Cologne, Germany. For his films he has received numerous awards from many international festivals, including the American Federation of Arts Experimental Film Award in 1988, the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1996, the main award at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen in 1999, the Ken Burns “Best of the Festival“ Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2003, and the German Short Film Prize for Animation in 2006.

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