Video & Sound / Roland Quelven
Voice / William Seward Burroughs
Footage / Free Prelinger Archives
The cut-up technique is an aleatory literary technique in which a text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer William S. Burroughs, and has since been used in a wide variety of contexts.
The exhibition Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art is the first all-encompassing overview of Seth Siegelaub’s versatile life, which was so diverse that it’s impossible to caption in words. Seth was a gallerist, independent curator, publisher, researcher, archivist, bibliographer and collector. This mini-documentary is all about the extraordinary life of Seth, someone who was truly unique for the art world.
In this mini-documentary Leontine Coelewij, curator of the exhibition, provides us with an introduction about Seth Siegelaub’s life as curator, collector, researcher, publicist and bibliographer. Jan Dibbets speaks about Seth Siegelaub as curator and pioneer on the field of conceptual art. Professor of International Communication Cees Hamelink tells us about Seth’s work as political researcher, and his interest in mass media and leftist literature about communication. One of Seth’s beliefs as a curator was that exhibitions didn’t only have to take place in a museum, they could also be presented as catalogues, symposiums and posters. Irma Boom, designer of the exhibition catalogue, describes Seth’s idea of the book as an exhibition. And lastly, Seth’s life partner, Marja Bloem talks about their enormous handwoven, non-Western textile collection.