The Freud Museum

Events Archive

21 October 2013
SOLD OUT - 7pm - exhibition viewing from 6pm


Screening followed by discussion between Artist/Filmmaker Amie Siegel and Psychoanalyst Darian Leader

The screening will be followed by a discussion between artist/filmmaker Amie Siegel and psychoanalyst and author, Darian Leader.

Empathy reverses the psychoanalytic gaze back onto the psychoanalyst. Three genres—fiction, screen test & documentary interview—provoke questions about power, manipulation and understanding. A fictional narrative about a voice-over actress in psychoanalysis interweaves with “screen tests” of actresses auditioning for her role in Empathy, as well as interviews with actual psychoanalysts.

As the film unfolds, the genres collide and break apart: individuals from interviews begin to appear in the fictional space of the narrative, television documentary is parodied in a film-within-a-film essay on modernism & psychoanalysis, the actor playing the fictional analyst reveals himself to be one in real life... Empathy enacts issues of disclosure, identity, sexual exploitation, and voyeuristic transgression of private space turned public.

Ranging from photographs, video, film installations, and feature films for the cinema, American artist Amie Siegel’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including City of Disappearances, CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; 5th Auckland Triennial, New Zealand; Amie Siegel, Part 1: Black Moon, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; The Talent Show, MoMA/PS1, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Russian Linesman, Hayward Gallery, London; 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Forum Expanded, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her videos and feature films have been shown widely including at the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, New York; BFI Southbank and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, Guggenheim Foundation, and is a recipient of the ICA Boston’s 2010 Foster Prize and a 2012 Sundance Institute Film Fund award.

Part of a season of performances, talks, films and events accompanying the forthcoming exhibition 'Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors', 10 October 2013 - 2 February 2014.

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