Amie Siegel
Body Scripts

See also

Berlin Remake

Body Scripts

Surrogates

The Noon Complex

Body Scripts
2015, Gouache on paper, 34 pages, each 8 x 11 in. / 20.32 x 27.94 cm

Part of a constellation of works ranging from video installation, slide projection and performance to works on paper, each in turn taking on Godard’s film Le Mépris (Contempt), it’s main location— the Villa Malaparte on Capri—and the figure of the female protagonist, Camille, played by Brigitte Bardot. The network of the adaptations and associations elicits questions about economies of authorship as well as the relationship between objects, gender, cinematographic and architectonic space. 

Body Scripts (2015) are a series of thirty-four framed works on paper, pages from the English translation of Alberto Moravia’s novel Il desprezzo (The Ghost at Noon), which served as the basis for Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris (Contempt). However, only pages of the narrative that focus on the female protagonist are present, those passages further highlighted by their surrounding sentences having been over-painted, and thus blocked out by turquoise paint, producing monochrome blocks whose geometry recalls architectural floor plans, The condensation of the novel’s images and descriptions of the woman’s body form a “script” for the performance of the female figure featured in the related work, The Noon Complex, furthering the engagement with presence and absence, adaptation and removal.

The turquoise paint color is a custom mix of the average color of the sea, the medium through which Bardot’s body moves, over time, in the digital transfer of the original cinemascope film.

Amie Siegel: Body Scripts

Exhibition View, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, German

Amie Siegel: Body Scripts

Exhibition View, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, German

Amie Siegel: Body Scripts

Exhibition View, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, German

Amie Siegel: Body Scripts

Exhibition View, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, German

Amie Siegel: Body Scripts

Exhibition View, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, German