Amie Siegel
Establishing Shots

See also

Berlin Remake

Black Moon

Deathstar / Todesstern

My Way


Establishing Shots
2002, 3-channel video installation, 18 minutes, color/sound

A video installation using iconic images from Hollywood feature films to explore representations of Lower Manhattan in popular culture. Simultaneous juxtapositions of establishing shots (the orientating panoramic shot which precedes a scene) on three adjacent flat screens reveals how the identity of Manhattan became linked to success—often financial—and how the gaze of a character toward the World Trade Center (once a symbol of longing, of dreams and aspirations) now becomes a meditation on the uncanny, disorientation, absence and nostalgia.

Amie Siegel: Establishing Shots