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Matthias Muller - Cut


Matthias Müller

Born in Bielefeld (Germany) in 1961, lives and works in Koln (Germany).

Müller is an artist working in film, video and photography. He is based in Bielefeld and Cologne, Germany. Studied Arts and German Literature at Bielefeld University and Fine Arts at HBK Braunschweig. Master’s degree. Since 2003, Professor in Experimental Film at Academy of Media Arts, KHM, Cologne. Müller organized numerous avant-garde film events such as the “Found Footage Film Festival” (1996 & 1999) and the first German festival of autobiographical films “Ich etc.” (1998) and various touring programs. With his films and videos he has taken part in major film festivals worldwide, including the festivals at Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Rotterdam. His work has also been featured in several group and solo exhibitions. His films and videos are part of the collections of institutions such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Nederlands Film Museum, Amsterdam, Australian Centre For The Moving Image, Melbourne, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, the Goetz Collection, Munich, the collection of Isabelle and Jean-Conrad Lemaître, London, and Tate Modern, London.

On Screening:
Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller
HD / DCP, 16:9, color / b&w, sound, 13' - 2013

Best European Short Film / Nomination for the European Film Awards 2013
Curtas Vila do Conde 2013
Nomination for Preis der deutschen Filmkritik / Best German Experimental Film of 2013
ARTE award, Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2014

"Like Peter Campus’s work, Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller’s film 'Cut' (2013) renders the screen as a skin to be punctured and penetrated, with the cinematic interface acting as a fragile boundary between inside and outside. Through editing found footage with surgical precision, they craft a disturbing montage that exploits our reflexive identification with the figures we follow onscreen (what film theorists have evocatively called 'suture'). Closeups of wounds, spilled blood and other unsettling tactile images inspire a certain nausea as the film potently cuts through self and other, the 'flesh of the world' and our very own blood and guts." Jon Davies, Depth of Perception, curatorial essay for Oakville Galleries, January 2014.

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Tate Modern, London, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Distrito Cu4tro, Madrid, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York; Phantom – Miami Art Museum

Desmontaje: Film, vídeo / Apropiación, reciclaje, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Points de vue, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, documenta X, Kassel, Notorious – Alfred Hitchcock and Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Manifesta 3 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Bienal de Valencia, Valencia, Private Affairs, Kunst Haus Dresden, Videodrome II, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, 1st ICP Triennial: Strangers, International Center of Photography, New York, fast forward, Media Art / Sammlung Goetz, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Universal Experience, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago / Hayward Gallery, London, Crosstown Traffic, Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi, Le Mouvement des Images – Art, Cinema, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Une Vision du Monde – La collection vidéo de Jean-Conrad et Isabelle Lemaître, La Maison Rouge, Paris; Matthias Müller – Multi Media Poet, Filmwissenschaftliche Konferenz/Boston University