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Neck-piece - Der angesengte Film
  • Der angesengte Film
    Sieber-Fuchs, Verena, born 1943
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Der angesengte Film

  • Object:

    Neck-piece

  • Place of origin:

    Zurich (made)

  • Date:

    1988 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sieber-Fuchs, Verena, born 1943 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Frames of burnt 16mm film strung together with steel wire

  • Museum number:

    E.3175-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MOD, shelf A, box 4

Verena Sieber-Fuchs is a Swiss-based artist who works with material including printed ephemera and packaging to create intricately woven one-off pieces of jewellery as well as other, non-functional objects. She has utilised material such as sweet wrappers, 18th-century newspapers and medicine packaging.

This neck-piece is constructed from hundreds of individual frames of 16mm film, woven together in cluster formations using high-tensile-strength steel wire. Each 16mm frame has been carefully cut from the film reel and then burnt for a brief period, in order to singe the edges of each image. This process creates a natural border around each frame, thus reinforcing the idea of each frame as an independent image, rather than as one part of a larger sequence. By weaving these frames of film together, Sieber-Fuchs explores the duality and tension that exists between photography and cinema. She forces the individual frames into a new, random sequence, thus examining the relationship between the discrete, static photograph and the concept of a cinematic sequence of images.

The 16mm film which Sieber-Fuchs uses comes from advertising reels for multinational companies such as Philip Morris and Levis. The constituent imagery therefore depicts everyday 'heavy-sell' objects such as jeans and cigarettes. By constructing a neck-piece from such images, the artist explores ideas about wearable commodities, individual fashion branding and consumer taste.

Physical description

Frames of burnt 16mm film strung together with steel wire.

Place of Origin

Zurich (made)

Date

1988 (made)

Artist/maker

Sieber-Fuchs, Verena, born 1943 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Frames of burnt 16mm film strung together with steel wire

Dimensions

Diameter: 43.5 cm approx., Length: 115.5 cm approx., Width: 14.0 cm approx.

Object history note

Bought at Collect 2007 from SO Galerie, Solothurn, Switzerland, through Central Fund

Descriptive line

Neck-piece by Verena Sieber-Fuchs made from distressed 16mm film fragments and steel wire; 1988, Switzerland

Materials

Film; Steel wire

Techniques

Cutting; Burning; Weaving

Subjects depicted

Advertising

Categories

Jewellery; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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