Cut, film stills, HD-video, 13:00 min., 2013 © Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, and (bottom right) Cut, installation view, HD-video, 13:00 min, 2013 © Raimund Zakowski
SITUATION #21: Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Cut, 2013
3 October – 29 November 2015
Film would not be cinema without the cut. Whether an invisible seam or obvious scar, the “cut” is a fundamental component of cinematic narrative. In the experimental film collages of Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller, the cut is made evident through their use of found footage material, which is taken from its original context and combined through montage into a new work. In their short film Cut shown in SITUATIONS, the cut is addressed on multiple thematic levels, since the artists “dissect” the body of film history in order to uncover sequences showing wounds, scars, stitches, and associated images that are then combined into a thirteen-minute film. These are images that—literally—go under the skin, like cinema itself. Working with found footage, Girardet & Müller’s film compositions are a reflection on the cinematic medium; a medium that is itself increasingly “dissected” as film is moving out of the movie theater only to reappear on the many digital screens of our mobile phones, tablets, laptops or TV sets.