7th Annual Transmodern Festival April 15 – April 18, 2010
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    citizens“I’m hanging out, coolin’, on the frames that connect the necessity and the coincidence. Formally, that is.”-Kevin Jerome Everson

    With a sense of place and historical research, my films combine scripted and documentary elements with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent. The conditions are usually physical, social-economic circumstances or weather. Instead of standard realism I favor a strategy that abstracts everyday actions and statements into theatrical gestures, in which archival footage is re-edited or re-staged, real people perform fictional scenarios based on their own lives and historical observations intermesh with contemporary narratives. The films suggest the relentlessness of everyday life—along with its beauty—but also present oblique metaphors for art-making.

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    Amie Seigel

    Amie Siegel was born 1974 in Chicago, Illinois. The artist and filmmaker lives and works in New York and Berlin. Exhibitions and screenings include The Russian Linesman, The Hayward Gallery, London;  2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art; Forum Expanded, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Austrian Film Museum, Berlin International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Andy Warhol Museum, BFI Southbank, London; Frankfurt Film Museum and Film Forum in New York. Siegel has been an artist-in-residence of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, and is a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.

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