Amie Siegel's Genealogies (2016) is being screened online until 12 May 2022 as part of the artist's contribution to Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters, a contemporary arts programme commissioned by Pompeii Archaeological Park.
Genealogies weaves an associative tissue of links and references by combining novels, films, images, advertising and soundtrack from multiple sources into a baroque invocation of image and artwork provenance, remake and copy. The video traces the sculptural, gendered iconography of architecture and the female body, querying how these are visualised in cinema and harnessed by advertising and music videos.
Extending from Wilhem Jensen's novella Gradiva to Freud, de Chirico, Rossellini, Curzio Malaparte, Resnais, Robbe-Grillet, Godard, Pink Floyd, the Beastie Boys, and images by brands Hugo Boss and Persol, the work maps a broadly layered trajectory of ideas shared and reprised, speculating on homage, influence and originality, ultimately drawing together a genealogical lineage of adaptation, appropriation and recurrence.
Following the two week long online screening, a collection of visual and textual excerpts will populate the Pompeii Commitment portal, including sketches, notes and materials related to the making of Genealogies, images from Siegel's related series of works on paper, Body Scripts (2015), and exhibition images of the corresponding multi-channel video installation The Noon Complex (2016).