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Amie Siegel’s The Architects

Amie Siegel, The Architects, 2014, HD video, color, sound, 30 minutes. Installation view. Photo: Miguel de Guzman.

DESPITE ITS TITLE, The Architects (2014) is not about architects. Certainly there are architects to be seen, mostly sitting, silently absorbed at their computers, sometimes chatting or tinkering with models. But artist Amie Siegel shows little interest in their personalities, pursuits, or motivations; the film registers people as objects, as merely one component of the complex social and economic machinery that produces our built environment today.

Altogether, the film shows ten architecture offices in New York. Each has been filmed in a similar way, with a series of parallel tracking shots, and the footage has been edited into one montage lasting almost exactly thirty minutes. The slowly moving camera reveals repeated variations on the modern open-plan workplace: more or less the same desks, computers, and shelves cluttered with books and files, with occasional minute variations

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