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Michel Auder, Chelsea, Manhattan–NYC, 1990 (edited 2008), Hi8 video transferred to digital video, color, sound, 6 minutes 21 seconds.

Michel Auder/Józef Robakowski

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Michel Auder, Chelsea, Manhattan–NYC, 1990 (edited 2008), Hi8 video transferred to digital video, color, sound, 6 minutes 21 seconds.

I can see you. Perched near a window, looking down on the heat and honk of the sun-bright street or out to the night windows beaming like magic lanterns, you are easily observed. Looking out from their windows, Michel Auder and Józef Robakowski, who record private lives unwittingly played out in public, can see you, too. Close in age but shaped by dramatically different social and political contexts, these artists, perfectly paired by Fahrenheit director Martha Kirszenbaum, keenly observe others with a speculative, subjective eye. Under another’s lingering gaze, your most mundane acts acquire sinister shadows.

For more than four decades, French-born filmmaker and video artist Michel Auder, affiliated with New York’s downtown avant-garde from the Factory years on, has put his camera in the service of recording both his exhibitionist and voyeuristic proclivities. Auder’s great talent

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