DDR/DDR (2010)

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Anthology Film Archives is thrilled to present the NY Theatrical Premiere Run of DDR/DDR, the latest feature film by artist Amie Siegel. DDR/DDR is a multi-layered and surprisingly beautiful essay on the German Democratic Republic ("DDR" in German) and the remnants of its collapse. First featured at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the film functions as an extended embodiment of and rumination on history, memory, and the shared technologies of state control and art. DDR/DDR weaves together Stasi surveillance footage, interviews with East German psychoanalysts, East German "Redskin" Indian hobbyists, and reverse traveling shots into the past including former GDR recording studios and a molded plastic GDR chair's journey from Berlin flea market to high-end Soho design store. Within this shifting associative structure, the artist herself appears-walking backwards delivering narration or filming former Stasi operatives with their own camera equipment. DDR/DDR is the most recent in a series of Siegel's "ciné-constellations," or long-form associative visual essay films. Dream-like and propositional, works in this series-The Sleepers (1999), Empathy (2003)-mirror shared concerns of voyeurism, psychoanalysis, memory, surveillance, and modernist architecture. These films engage a self-reflexive inquiry into non-fiction film practices, postures of objectivity, authority, and performance accumulated and ruptured over time. Her cinema creates constellations within each film and over the entire series. Recurring motifs transform with each new subject-this time East Germany. In its open structure and wide associative montage, as well as re-framing of space and architecture, DDR/DDR also relates to Siegel's various moving image installations. Berlin Remake (2005, 2-channel video installation) excavates scenes from East German movies, projecting her remake alongside the original in an uncanny juxtaposition of past and present. Deathstar/Todesstern (2006, 5-channel video installation) presents five eerily slow tracking shots down the hallways of early modernist German factories and administrative buildings appropriated by the Third Reich. --© Anthology Archives
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Surprisingly entertaining and perhaps a sign that the inevitable fate of world culture is to become programming for the National Geographic Channel.

Full Review… | May 7, 2010
New York Times
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There is a stunning mediation on sleek surfaces that hide social rot and technology hijacked by Big Brother; you just have to bypass the film's creator to get to it.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
Time Out
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[An] astute, precise, self-regarding piece of work.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
Village Voice
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A thorough, well-researched essay that's concurrently disturbing, compelling and profoundly illuminating.

Full Review… | May 9, 2010
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August 26, 2010
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