Amie Siegel
The Noon Complex

See also

Berlin Remake

Body Scripts

Genealogies

Surrogates

The Noon Complex
2016, 3-channel HD video installation, color/sound

The Noon Complex is the culminating work in a constellation ranging from works on paper to video installation and performance, that each in turn take on Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris (Contempt), focusing on the film's main location, the Villa Malaparte on the island of Capri, and the figure of the female protagonist, Camille, played by Brigitte Bardot, raising questions about the economies of authorship and gender roles as well as the relationship between objects, cinematographic and architectonic space. 

Whereas the Body Scripts (2015) removes all description save for the female protagonist’s body, in the multi-channel video installation The Noon Complex (2016) the approach is reversed, with Bardot digitally removed from key scenes of Godard’s film. As a result the space—the famous Villa Malaparte—is underscored, whereby the tracking shots, directed at a now absent actor, lend the sequences an uncanny quality. Doubling this feeling, Siegel poses an actor as Bardot on an adjacent screen in a neutral environment, emphasizing her physical presence. The traced movements of the actor are experienced twice, against the film's two radically different musical soundtracks—French and Italian—the scenes thus oscillating from melancholy drama to erotic burlesque.

Amie Siegel: The Noon Complex

Exhibition View, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

Amie Siegel: The Noon Complex

Exhibition View, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

Amie Siegel: The Noon Complex

Exhibition View, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany