Columbus College of Art & Design

Instance No. 6

Instance No. 6
Michel Auder + Michael Stickrod present Subversive Historian (2019)
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 | 6–8 p.m.
On view until March 15, 2020

Gallery tour with the artists and Columbus artist Liz Roberts, followed by a reception.

60 Cleveland Ave. (Entrance on E. Gay Street) | Columbus, Ohio
Beeler Gallery is ALWAYS FREE and open to the public. Free parking available.


Download the Instance No. 6 poster designed by Vier5 on the work of Michel Auder + Michael Stickrod present Subversive Historian (2019) here. 

Subversive Historian
(2020) is a commissioned video work by Ohio-based artist Michael Stickrod and part of the collaborative project Staples and Rubber Bands (1969-2019) with New York-based French pioneer video artist Michel Auder.

Assembled from over 20,000 hours of footage by Auder over 50 years, and filmed in rural Ohio, upstate New York, New York City, Pommiers and Paris, France, by Stickrod, Subversive Historian (2019) was conceived around the artists’ recent trip to retrieve the long-lost archive of photographs and documents in the Rhône valley, France. It is on this trip that Auder uncovered videos of never-before-seen interviews on the reverberation of the student movement in France in 1968, shot 10 years afterward. May ’68 in ’78 (1978, edited by Michael Stickrod in 2019) is concurrently screened as part of Season Two: Follow the Mud. C. Spencer Yeh’s performance, Improvisation on Amplified Violin, for the opening of Season Two: Follow the Mud, forms part of the soundtrack.

Michel Auder
(b. 1945 Soissons, France) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has participated in numerous biennials and festivals, including documenta 13 and 14 (2012 and 2017); Whitney Biennial, New York (2014); LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images, London, UK (2012); 2nd Athens Biennial (2009); 5th Berlin Biennial (2008); 11th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva (2005); 17th Sao Paulo International Biennale, Brazil (1987), among others. Solo and group exhibitions include: The Kitchen, New York (2017); 80WSE Gallery, New York University (2016); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2016); Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France (2015); Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (2013); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2013); South London Gallery, London, UK (2012); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); Cubitt Gallery, London, UK (2009); Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2007); Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2007); Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis (2006); Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France (2005); Participant, Inc. New York (2003), The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2002); and Museum of Modern Art, New York (2002), among others. His work is in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur, Marseille, France; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Muhka, Antwerp, Belgium; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands; and Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, among others.

Michael Stickrod was born in Columbus, Ohio, and currently lives in McKean Township, Ohio. He received his BFA and MFA degrees in Sculpture from The Ohio State University and Yale University, respectively, and has exhibited his videos and sculptures nationally and internationally. In 2008, he was awarded the Altoids Award and Exhibition at the New Museum in New York and was part of a traveling group exhibition titled Technically Sweet at Participant Inc. and Anthology Film Archives in New York City and at the Danish Film Institute and Overgaden in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2013, the Danish school Krabbesholm published a monograph of Stickrod’s work titled Stones Rise with text by art historian Robert Slifkin. In 2015, he was part of a group exhibition organized by Jay Heikes at Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, Italy. In 2016, he and long-time collaborator Michel Auder created The Magic Flute, Part Two: A Film in Pieces, based on The Magic Flute Part One: An Opera in 6 Steps performed at New York University’s 80WSE Gallery by Vaginal Davis and Susanne Sachsse, with a score by Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu. Stickrod and Auder held a public musical performance at Trans-Pecos in Queens, New York, in 2015 and released the 7-inch record Hard Drives for Days, a sound composition produced for his exhibition Deep Welds at COR&P in Columbus, Ohio.

Liz Roberts’ work spans film, video, sculpture, and performance. She has taught in the Cinema Department at Denison University, Film & Video and Graduate Studies at Columbus College of Art & Design, and the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. Roberts is a core participant in MINT, a decentralized collective and former warehouse space in Columbus, Ohio. Her work has been shown widely, including at Microscope Gallery (2014, Brooklyn, New York); Cranbrook Academy of Art (2016, Detroit, Michigan); the Cleveland Museum of Art (2017); ACRE Projects (2018, Chicago, IL); and the Beeler Gallery (2019, Columbus, OH). Her 16mm films are in the archive of The Filmmaker’s Coop (New York) and have screened at Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Exposition of Short Film and Video, and the Chicago International Film Festival.