Christoph Girardet

Christoph GIRARDET (1966, Germany) studied at the Braunschweig School of Art and lives and works in Hannover. Since 1989 he has made over twenty videos, films and installations, often in collaboration with video artist Volker Schreiner and filmmaker Matthias Müller.

Filmography

(all short, selection) Schwertkampf (1991), Release (1997), Phoenix Tapes (1999, co-dir), Scratch (2001), 7:48 (2001), Absence (2002), Manual (2002, co-dir), Beacon (2002, co-dir), Play (2003, co-dir), Mirror (2003, co-dir), Ray (2004, co-dir), Catch (2005, co-dir), Ground (2005, co-dir), Hide (2006, co-dir), Kristall (2006, co-dir), Pianoforte (2007), Contre-jour (2009, co-dir), Meteor (2011, co-dir), The Eternal Lesson (2012), Cut (2013, co-dir), Fabric (2014), It Was Still Her Face (2017), Screen (2018, co-dir)

Christoph Girardet at IFFR

Enlighten (installation)

Enlighten (installation)

Installation based on Girardet's short film Enlighten, in which found images of scenes of lightning taken from a variety of existing films are brought together. Due to the alternating light/darkness, associated with 'electricity', the monitor recalls a machine that permanently seems to be switching On and Off. Rhythmic montage, the increasing speed between constantly shorter sequences and breaks, as well as the synchronically cut sound montage heightens the original intensity of the images, which is transformed into a suggestive interplay between light and darkness, presence and illusion.

Christoph Girardet
  • Germany

IFFR 2003