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Panoramique de l'immatériel

Panoramique de l'immatériel (Panning for the Immaterial) is a film that follows a man who is panning for gold along The Seine River in France, from Paris to the sea. He is looking to find the gold that the artist Yves Klein dumped into The Seine in Paris during one of art histories most seminal conceptual artworks, Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility. Klein’s work involved a collector buying an “immaterial zone” (a space that does not exist) for $10,000 in gold dust or leaf. Klein would sign a receipt for this artwork in front of a witness. He would then ask the collector if they would burn the receipt. If they agreed, Klein would then dump the gold into The Seine, completing the cycle of “the immaterial zone.” This exchange in value for a moment and a memory is where this film begins.
The film uses The Seine’s sedimentary path to convey a hybrid story of conceptual art meets Potamolgy (the study of rivers). The river acts as the conduit for Klein’s conceptual work that was washed away to the ocean. The film captures moments in river and estuarine sediment dynamics through a narrative that makes significant leaps in scale by treating conceptual art, a prospector, and the landscape, on equal terms. This multi-channel film explores art, geology, and the riparian zone, where the river meets the land along The Seine.

This project was generously supported in part by funding from the Carnegie Mellon University Frank-Ratchye Fund For Art @ the Frontier

Panoramique de l'immatériel (Panning for the Immaterial) is a film that makes significant leaps in scale between art, river and estuarine sediment dynamics, and the landscape, on equal terms.

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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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    United States
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Director Biography - Joshua Reiman

Joshua Reiman is an artist working in sculpture, film, video and photography. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, in Germany, Estonia, and Morocco. He is currently an assistant professor of art at The Maine College of Art in Portland Maine where he teaches in the MFA in studio art + sculpture. Josh has an MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University and a BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. Recent exhibitions include NAPOLEON Philadelphia, Hallwalls Buffalo, NY, NKV Wiesbaden, Germany, Space Gallery Portland, , and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Reiman is also a contributing writer for Sculpture Magazine. Joshua and his wife Addy and son Ole currently live in an 1880’s brick row house in Portland, ME with their dog Otto R. Mutt.

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Director Statement

Joshua Reiman’s films deal with themes of exploration, artistic expression, race, nature, and contextual inquiry. His collection of short films offers an array of lush landscapes with characters that guide audiences through layered conceptual ideas about art, history, and popular culture.
For more information please visit http://www.joshuareiman.com