Amie Siegel, artist talk

£12.00 Ex VAT

Amie Siegel works variously across film, photography, performance, and sculpture, exposing and connecting multiple strata of meaning. The artist will discuss her unique approach to sound, music and the plasticity of the film medium, including recent works The Silence (2022), Asterisms (2021) and Winter (2013). The video installation The Silence behaves like the two sides of a vinyl album, as alternating video projections perform a musical score based on the unique, patterned brickwork of Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz’s two final churches. Asterisms (2021) explores geological and social displacement on a planetary scale—gold factories, oil recovery, migrant labor, desertification, artificial islands and Arabian horses unfold in different, overlapping cinematic geometries projected onto a star-like shape that floats between a wall and a sculpture. Siegel’s large-scale video installation Winter (2013) results from the artist’s ongoing reflection on the relationships of sound and image in film production, and is considered a critical rethinking of these categories. Each loop of this absorbing, post-apocalyptic film is reinterpreted through a live, shifting soundtrack, where voice-over, sound effects and music provide a different living score for each iteration of the film, and are performed live in the exhibition, collapsing the separate spaces of film production and post-production, and the spaces of artistic production, spectatorship and performance.

2 hours including Q&A.


Amie Siegel (b. 1974, Chicago, IL) is a visual artist working variously with film, video, photography, sound, performance and installation. She is known for her layered, meticulously constructed works that trace and perform the undercurrents of systems of value, cultural ownership and image-making.

Recent solo exhibitions include Bloodlines, Scottish National Museum Gallery of Modern Art (2022); The Silence, ArkDes, Stockholm (2022); Medium Cool, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2019); In Focus: Amie Siegel – Provenance, Tate St. Ives (2018); Winter, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2017); Strata, South London Gallery (2017); Double Negative, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2016); Ricochet, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2016) and Imitation of Life, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2016). She has participated in the 34th São Paulo Bienal, 12th Gwangju Biennial; Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; Glasgow International, Scotland; 5th Auckland Triennial, New Zealand; and the Whitney Biennial including numerous other group exhibitions.

Siegel’s films have screened at the Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Rotterdam and New York film festivals. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Art Institute of Chicago; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; MAK-Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum, New York and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm and Guggenheim Foundation, a Fulton Fellow at The Film Study Center at Harvard University and a Smithsonian Artist Fellow. Siegel has received numerous grants and awards including from the Sundance Institute, Princess Grace Foundation, ICA Boston (Foster Prize), Creative Capital, Anonymous Was a Woman and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York.

Photo: © Jason Schmidt. Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery.

With thanks to Clare Morris, Amy Luo and Patrick Shier at Thomas Dane Gallery for their assistance.

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