- Paul Sietsema Los Angeles, California, USA, 1968
- Edition/serial number:5/7 + 2 A.P.
- Media description:16 mm film installation
- Colour:Colour and black/white
- Category: Film, Installation
- Entry date:2008
- Register number:AD04965
This film shows a series of still images of a number of archaeological objects, filmed with slight camera movement and dissolves. Paul Sietsema’s use of the film medium derives from his profound interest in the experience produced by the perception of space and the objects in it, as a cultural and historically defined entity. His films are meticulous, delicately manufactured investigations, in which sculptural space blends with cinematic space. The viewer’s encounter with the object through this medium differs from other artistic media: Sietsema’s aim is to create a sort of dream in which the palpable and concrete dissolves into the intangible, in a space where the past is reconfigured into the present. At the same time, he is trying to do a comparative study of celluloid and post-Minimalist materials, using his readings on structuralist anthropology as the conceptual nexus. The relationship between the works and the dynamics of representation in modernity is crucial, because “many of the subjects I chose (for this project) - says the artist - are to structure a kind of loss caused by representation.”
Sietsema, Paul ( 1968-)New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, cop. 2003.
The americans. new art. : [exhibition] / organised by Barbican art ; curated by Mark Sladen ; with texts by Bruce Hainley...[et al.].London : Booth-Clibborn, cop. 2001.
Butler, Cornelia H. ( 1963-)New York : The Museum of Modern Art, 
Paul Sietsema : interviews on films and works : [Kunsthalle Basel, June 14-August 26, 2012 / curated by Adam Szymczyk].Sietsema, Paul ( 1968-)Basel : Kunsthalle Basel ; Berlin : Sternberg Pres,