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Steve Reinke (with Jessie Mott)
12 April–11 May


In his 30 years as a maker of moving images, Steve Reinke has never hesitated to show all and tell all. Reinke speaks to the body, to death, and to this certainty about the end that gives shape to our lives. Rib Gets in the Way is Reinke at his most epic—his irreverence so monumental it almost reads as normal. Reinke presents us with an animated version of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, a parable on the death of god. He also illuminates Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves”, which leads with Nina Simone’s cover of “Strange Fruit”, and combines it with a text that reads like a stream of consciousness from a linguist performing an autopsy. The video is a mixture of appropriated clips—a lecture by Jacques Lacan from YouTube, a George Kuchar video, macro close-up flowers in super slow motion—and his own footage, all accompanied by Reinke’s signature voice-over, combined with precisely chosen pop music clips whose lyrics command the viewer to “Come outta your body” and “Go missing.”

The exhibition at Vtape will also include a number of Reinke’s recent text drawings.

—Lisa Steele

Steve Reinke will give an artist talk on Fri 13 April

Gallery Hours:
Mon–Fri 11 AM–5 PM
Sat 11 AM–5 PM

Co-curated and co-presented by

Friday April 13th , 2018 , 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Rib Gets in the Way

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Art and Theft
Sara Magenheimer

USA, 2017, DIGITAL VIDEO, 7 MIN
Framed within a countdown of the time it takes to rob a house, Magenheimer brings together a scene from Scorsese’s After Hours, outtakes of a reporter filming outside Trump Tower, and details from a Hieronymus Bosch painting to examine the construction and manipulation of narrative across media.

Classified Digits
Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader

GERMANY, 2016, DIGITAL VIDEO, 6 MIN
Through a playful performance, Kim and Mader reflect on nuances in communication expressed in American Sign Language. Details such as shapes and sizes are relayed through “classifiers,” and the index finger indicates a single person. This digit is mobilized to explore commonly experienced social situations.

Weed Killer
Patrick Staff

UK/USA, 2017, DIGITAL VIDEO, 17 MIN
Weed Killer orbits around a poignant monologue that draws from Catherine Lord’s memoir The Summer of Her Baldness, recounting her experience with breast cancer and the effects of chemotherapy. Thermal imaging is used as a visual metaphor for the extent to which bodily experience, and threats to it, are invisible to the naked eye. Staff composes vibrant expressions of illness, aging, and queer identity, climaxing in a performance by artist Jamie Crew.

With History in a Room Filled With People With Funny Names 4
Korakrit Arunanondchai
Thailand/USA, 2017, DIGITAL VIDEO, 24 MIN
Arunanondchai’s video expresses the contemporary global condition through the scaled vantage of the drone spirit Chantri, voiced by the artist’s mother. Narrated in a poetic style reminiscent of Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, the work surveys political unrest across the world, symptoms of the Anthropocene, interspecies relations, all the while circling back to the personal with reflections on Arunanondchai’s family history and his aging grandmother. The work affectively communicates the invisible relations that bind our shared existence on the planet, and is held together by the rhythm of breath.

Patrick Staff will be in attendance.

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Friday April 13th , 2018 , 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Communing with Others

Innis Town Hall

2 Sussex Ave

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A talk by our Canadian Artist Spotlight: Steve Reinke, preceded by the exhibition reception and screening of his work Rib Gets in the Way (2014).

FREE

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Friday April 13th , 2018 , 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Artist Talk: Steve Reinke

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Mediums
James N.
Kientiz Wilkins
USA, 2017, S16 MM on DIGITAL VIDEO, 38 MIN
Exhausting the logic of the medium shot, Mediums depicts a series of subjects participating in the voir dire process as potential jurors in the American legal system. The dialogue is composited and culled from an array of found texts including technical literature from the internet, a jury selection pamphlet, an automotive manual, a union constitution, a fast food franchise contract, a health insurance FAQ, and blog posts. Channelling this content, the characters function as mediums themselves, sharing advice and a sense of civic duty with their fellow citizens.

Sex Without Glasses
Ross McLaren

CANADA, 1983, 16MM, 12 MIN
A playful examination of the artifice of cinematic space, Sex Without Glasses forefronts the background by centering the rear-projection process shot. Figures inhabit various scenes including a busy urban street, the beach, a rainy garden, and the classic driving shot in this intriguing formal experiment.

Dear Phone
Peter Greenaway

UK, 1977, 16MM, 17 MIN
A series of humorous incidents involving the use and misuse of public telephones—all featuring characters with the initials H.C.—is narrated over a montage of banal depictions of phone booths. Greenaway’s classic performs a critique of the arbitrary relationship between text and image.

James N. Kienitz Wilkins and Ross McLaren in attendance.

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Friday April 13th , 2018 , 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Mediums

Innis Town Hall

2 Sussex Ave

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Live Performance: Lucy Raven and Deantoni Parks
USA, 2018, PERFORMANCE, 60 MIN

Artist Lucy Raven and musician Deantoni Parks come together in this live performance and film screening inspired by the artwork and music of Walter De Maria. Originally commissioned by the Dia Foundation for the Arts, Bullet Points for a Hard Western is an evolving response to the artist’s work, in particular his films—including Hard Core (1969), for which De Maria composed the score—and his early percussion work with the proto-Velvet Underground band The Primitives.

—Lucy Raven

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Friday April 13th , 2018 , 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Bullet Points for a Hard Western (after Walter De Maria)

Toronto Media Art Centre

32 Lisgar Street

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Music for chameleons is an event, a proposal for constantly shifting queerness; an anti-thesis to an essential, fixed, known identity or self. Cam Lee presents a performed self, stemming from ongoing performance series as alter-ego Marilyn Mansion. Music for chameleons offers experiential “... languages of flux. Of uncertainty in which the ‘I’ (eye) constantly changes. For the self is ‘an indefinite series of identities and transformations.” This event invites guests into an immersive space, encouraging expression of self through dance music, and fashion; to make up and take up a queer space.

    Friday April 13th , 2018 , 11:00pm - 2:00am

    Music for Chameleons

    Toronto Media Art Centre

    32 Lisgar Street

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