Extended until February 15, 2015
Film Night: Tuesday, 10.2.15, 19 h
KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents Ryan Trecartin's first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. Critics have named Trecartin the "most consequential artist to have emerged since the 1980s" (The New Yorker), and his visionary understanding of the profound shifts in culture and social interaction define our current – and future – moment.
The new production Site Visit, in collaboration with Trecartin's longtime creative partner Lizzie Fitch, consists of a 30-channel sound installation, a 6-channel film, and an encompassing spatial installation. The new work broadens the artists' examination of sound as an independent part of their work, and challenges conventional modes of viewer engagement with different media. Beginning as a spatial soundscape, the work unfolds sonically over a number of rooms, which lead to the film installation in the exhibition hall. Here, Fitch and Trecartin present a video work that situates various projection screens throughout the exhibition
space, mirroring the movie's own surround sound, engaging with the visual, sonic, and physical fields as a combined object.
The new film was shot in a former Masonic temple in Los Angeles, and the installation incorporates spatial cues from its shooting location, creating an environment suffused with material and digital reverberations of its content and mood. In both form and content, Trecartin's movies refer to the aesthetics and social codes prevalent in horror movies and other realms of pop culture.
Curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Klaus Biesenbach
3D animations made with Rhett LaRue.
The exhibition Site Visit by Ryan Trecartin is funded by the Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin.
Kindly supported by Sprüth Magers Berlin London. Additional support from Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. Special thanks to the Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation.