Robert E. Fulton III Fellow 2007-08, FSC-Harvard Fellow 2010-11
Amie Siegel was born in 1974 in Chicago, Illinois and currently lives and works in New York and Cambridge, MA. She has been a guest of the DAAD Berliner-Künstler programm and a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She received her BA from Bard College (1996) and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999).
Recent exhibitions include “The Talent Show”, Walker Art Center, MN; “The Russian Linesman”, The Hayward Gallery, London; 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; “Forum Expanded”, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her cinema films have been included in the New York Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival and have screened at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Harvard Film Archive; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; BFI Southbank; Andy Warhol Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Frankfurt Film Museum and Film Forum in New York. Siegel is Assistant Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and was the Fulton Fellow in Non-Fiction Filmmaking at the Film Study Center in 2007-2008.
Amie Siegel, HD, 135 min. (2008)
One in a series “ciné-constellations,” feature-length associative visual essays. Dream-like and propositional, works in this series mirror shared concerns of voyeurism, psychoanalysis, memory, surveillance and modernist architecture. These films engage in a self-reflexive inquiry into non-fiction film practices, including objectivity, authority and performance.
“[DDR/DDR] is a mosaic of interviews and incidents that gradually connect, allowing issues of history, state control, personal identity, and memory to emerge. A man walking across streets and fields as if on a tightrope is a recurring motif—an apt metaphor for the East-West divide. The camera moves through derelict East German buildings and records a man throwing Stasi-style electronic equipment from a moving truck; East German emulators of American Indian culture explain that their hobby began as a clandestine cry for freedom from Soviet oppression. The sociocultural theme is complicated, however, by a former East German mother who reminisces about her family’s more comfortable life before reunification. The ruminating psychological and intellectual content of Siegel’s works posits that everything is subject to shifting interpretation.”
—Jason Edward Kaufman