Girardet and Müller predominately make use of found footage in their films which they combine to produce new works. Their dealings with the media of film come together in intense combinations of images and film collages that unfold new layers of meaning.
»Locomotive« from 2008, a fast-moving video triptych comprising scene showing railway trains taken from hundreds of movies, came about in this manner. Departure and arrival, endings and new beginnings, exoticism and the thrill of adventure interlock are condensed into an exciting new narrative.
»Meteor« from 2011 is a filmic metaphor for childhood desire and imagination. Assembled from movies, uprooted fragments from fairy tales and old science fiction material, »Meteor« stages the imaginary world of the child at the threshold of self-discovery and disentanglement. Black and white excerpts of aggressive, fearful or languorous boys from films by Jean Vigo, Ingmar Bergman or François Truffaut merge with glowingly colorful images of rockets speeding through outer space or cosmic objects from the genre of science fiction.
Girardet and Müller broach the subject matter of sight and perception in the impressive 2009 film »Contrejour« that has received numerous awards. From dark back-light images and glistening light, Girardet and Mu?ller have staged a flashing battle between light and dark. Light is returned to the physical experience, according to which the perception of the image must first slowly develop.
The survey exhibition at the Kunstverein Hannover deliberately emphasizes the positioning of the works between film and the fine arts. And the films were indeed presented at such film festivals as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Rotterdam, New York and Oberhausen as well as in museums and exhibition venues like the Walker Art Center Minneapolis, the Bozar – Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Tate Modern London, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the EYE Film Institute Amsterdam. Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller have already been honored with numerous prizes, for example the 1999 German Film Critics Association Award, the 2004 Marl Video Art Award, the Prix Canal + du Meilleur court métrage at the Cannes Film Festivals and the German Short Film Award in 2006 as well as the 2012 arte-Short Film Prize.